A Journal of the Plague Year (Paperback)
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A Journal of the Plague Year (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 29/05/2003
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'The most reliable and comprehensive account of the Great Plague that we possess' Anthony Burgess

In 1665 the plague swept through London, claiming over 97,000 lives. Daniel Defoe was just five at the time of the plague, but he later called on his own memories, as well as his writing experience, to create this vivid chronicle of the epidemic and its victims. 'A Journal' (1722) follows Defoe's fictional narrator as he traces the devastating progress of the plague through the streets of London. Here we see a city transformed: some of its streets suspiciously empty, some - with crosses on their doors - overwhelmingly full of the sounds and smells of human suffering. And every living citizen he meets has a horrifying story that demands to be heard.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140437850
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 247 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“One of the most original and harrowing accounts of living through a virulent pandemic . . . as full of meaning about human suffering today as it was when it was written.” —The Daily Beast“A brilliant account of the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain—and it can still educate readers three centuries later.” —BBC News“[A] classic of plague literature . . . Camus was inspired by this book in writing The Plague.” —The Jerusalem Post “So grimly immediate . . . you can practically smell the death and decay.” —The Guardian “A realistic account of the plague’s effects on [London]. Defoe’s novel still has the power to unsettle—like when he writes about families forced into quarantine due to an infected family member.” —Vulture"Within the texture of Defoe's prose, London becomes a living and suffering being." —Peter Ackroyd

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“Fascinating, Informative and Entertaining...”

This book will please anyone with interests in 17th century England, classical writing, historical biography and historiography.

Defoe wrote his books from the perspective of other people. Be they shipwreck... More

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“Defoe on the Plague in a year of Pandemic”

I found this pseudo-biographical description of the bubonic plague in London in 1665 by Daniel Defoe extremely interesting and informative. The effect of the 'journal' is greatly enhanced by his... More

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