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Pestilence: A Medieval Tale of Plague Paperback – June 11, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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She is ignorant of the fact marriages were rarely love matches, and at her age would have been deemed a spinster.
Maybe the author read some histories of the disease, but she doesn't seem to know much of the period itself.
Jeanie Rector has woven an intriguing tale of a girl from the high-class realizing everyone's humanity as it is being snuffed out in the real horror of the worldwide plague. Jeanie has laced the interesting dynamics of the disease itself into a novel of a young girl realizing her humanity in a time of inhumanity and miserable death.
This might not be a bad book for home-school parents or other young readers, there is some sex in it but it isn't overwhelming, and it does fit with the general break down that went on as people started dying everywhere and the social morals just pretty much fell apart. That part is accurate and parents could talk about this even with a bright nine year old suddenly interested in the subject (I was at that age).
But I'm sorry, I just find the run away young noble women, who settles into a weaving apprenticeship in London who falls in love with essentially a (nice and with good reason) outlaw to be a stretch as presented. It isn't that the story couldn't work, but the way it was written (to me) felt as if the story was secondary to the information; which when compared to a book like A Distant Mirror which is a history book written about the era but written in the exciting style of a novel; makes this one second best. For adults I'd recommend reading A Distant Mirror instead.
I gave this book three stars because I did enjoy parts of it and it had a lot of potential, I think this could also be a case of I simply know so much about the period (and I am a weaver and we never see the young lady actually learning to weave, that might have been fun) that I'm way too fussy and other less picky readers may enjoy it.
So three stars, perhaps four for young readers.