damned_colonial: Convicts in Sydney, being spoken to by a guard/soldier (Default)
[personal profile] damned_colonial posting in [community profile] readingthepast
I read "Fever, 1793" for the first time, and re-read "Year of Wonders". I have Hambly's "Fever Season" on request at my library (just coming from another branch, so I should have it in a couple of days), and I'm plugging through the "Journal of the Plague Year" audio book but finding it pretty heavy going. Too. Many. Statistics.

How's your reading going?

Date: 2009-06-25 11:09 pm (UTC)
gloss: superhero hit over the head with a book (academia)
From: [personal profile] gloss
I finished Fever Season this week and keep TRYING to get the Dover Thrift ed of Defoe, without any luck.

I'm working on the play I talked to you about. Sorry about the delay.

Date: 2009-06-25 11:14 pm (UTC)
nightmareink: tree branches with white flowers on them (Default)
From: [personal profile] nightmareink
Right now I'm working my way through Fever Season and I have Fever, 1793 (along with a book on the outbreak), Year of Wonders, and An Imperfect Lens from the library. I would've started reading earlier, but I needed to get through a couple other library books I had out.

Fever Season is a pretty interesting book. It doesn't just focus on the disease going around, but it also deals with the race issue at that time in New Orleans. It's a pretty engaging mystery. I'm about halfway through it right now.

Date: 2009-06-26 02:50 am (UTC)
isis: (woe)
From: [personal profile] isis
I listened to the first 45 minutes of Journal of the Plague Year and thought I might expire of boredom. I will give it one more try before bailing on it.

Date: 2009-06-26 04:06 pm (UTC)
audrells: (armageddon)
From: [personal profile] audrells
I slogged through "Journal of the Plague Year" after getting it off of Gutenberg. Bor-ring! I will say, though, that it gave me a better idea of the beliefs and the lengths that people went to so as to avoid the plague. I'm partway through "The Midnight Queen" (also on Gutenberg), and feel like I have a better understanding of some of it because of reading Defoe.

I'm also partway through "The Years of Rice and Salt" by Kim Stanley Robinson. Plague and how it can completely reshape the world is a recurring theme as it spans ages through a series of reincarnated characters. It's interesting to contrast Defoe's view of the Muslims and plague with Robinson's view.


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