A Journal of the Plague Year

A Journal of the Plague Year

Book - 2003
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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: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2003.
ISBN: 9780140437850
Branch Call Number: FICTION Defoe Daniel
Characteristics: xxxviii, 289 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wall, Cynthia 1959-


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Follow Defoe's fictional narrator through London, transformed by the Great Plague: the streets and alleyways deserted, the houses of death with crosses daubed on their doors, the dead-carts on their way to the pits. Encounter the horrified citizens of the city, as fear, isolation, and hysteria t... Read More »

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Jan 22, 2013

Considered as a work of fiction, it's not much of a novel, rambling around and sometimes repeating itself, including some dry details about the numbers of dead (including charts). However, as an account of the plague, written by someone who experienced it, it's pretty fascinating.


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