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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!, 14 Jan 2011
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This review is from: A Journal of the Plague Year, written by a citizen who continued all the while in London (Kindle Edition)
This book was written by Daniel Defoe (who wrote 'Robinson Crusoe'); as he was only a small boy when the plague ravaged London, it is a work of fiction rather than a true diary account, although it is written in that format.

The book is without chapters, just one long continuous series of text. It is written in the style of the time, and this can combine to make it difficult to read. In addition, the tables of figures are not correctly rendered within the ebook version, which makes them hard to understand.

However, once you do start to read the book, you very quickly get caught up in the narrative. The story is extremely graphic; there are numerous descriptions of the affects of the disease on the population, and how individuals reacted. There are equally disturbing accounts of the collection and burial of the dead, and of the attempts to counter the spread of illness, as well as information on how the authorities worked to keep the inhabitants of the city fed and safe.

If you have an interest in social history, this book is a must. If you know little about the plague, this will help you understand just how devastating it was; and it may even give an insight into some of the issues that people face when dealing with chronic outbreaks of disease. It may even help in preparation for the next major flu epidemic!
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