Hi everyone! Welcome to the first installment of Summer book club 2016! If you haven’t read the Year of Wonders through page 64 yet, no worries,feel free to pop back later, and join in on the discussion in the comments section.
So, how have you liked Year of Wonders so far?
I have to admit, when I first started reading, I felt like I couldn’t quite grasp the setting, but after about 10 pages, everything kind of clicked for me, and I really started moving through the chapters.
I think those first few chapters were really more about introducting the characters than diving right into the story. I felt like after Mr. Viccars arrived, I kept waiting for it to be this instant thing instead of the slow, tumble it took. Every time he had contact with her babies, it was like I could see the impending doom coming and I wanted to yell out for her to keep them away from him.
And finally when Mr. Viccars told her to burn the cloth, realizing where everything came from and then the dresses stared going out into the public,it was like watching a train wreck. You can see it coming, but there is nothing you can do to stop it. I found myself wondering if the cloth really made the difference or if the wheels were already in motion. I started thinking about how little they knew about disease transmission and how quickly something like that could spread. I’ve been to England and Scotland and even though we know about the plaque and how many people died, it really puts it into perspective, and really humanizes it. Even though we have the flu and other things, our neighbors, children and friends aren’t dying left and right.
So what did you think about the first installment of the Year of Wonders? Next week,We’ll talk about page 65- 209. I think this book will be better broken up into three sections.
We’ll start the next book club selection below the first week of July. I am really enjoying this book so far, so I can’t wait to dive into the next one too.
Join us for the next book club selection The Weekenders.
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