A Visitation of the Plague

A Visitation of the Plague One of low priced classic texts published to celebrate Penguin s th anniversary All the titles are extracts from Penguin Classics titles in this case from A Journal of the Plague Year

  • Title: A Visitation of the Plague
  • Author: Daniel Defoe Anthony Burgess Christopher Bristow
  • ISBN: 9780146001598
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of 60 low priced classic texts published to celebrate Penguin s 60th anniversary All the titles are extracts from Penguin Classics titles, in this case from A Journal of the Plague Year.

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    1. An excerpt from A Journal of the Plague Year.This is historical fiction, written in 1772, with the plague of London happening 1665, when Dafoe was five years old, so this is not written from memory or experience. The excerpt seems well selected, but is more a collection of observations and anecdotes than a story. Perhaps the full novel picks up more of a narrative? The more interesting aspect of this book for me was the examination of the religious fervour that overtook the city during the worst [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this short insight into life during the 1665 plague. Daniel Defoe tells how charlatons jumped on the plague bandwagon and fortold the future as well as pedalling potions and lotions etc as a ‘cure’. Doctors doled out all kinds of poison and bishops and church ministers also saw a way to keep people fearing God by preaching hell and damnation. The common man was so scared and deluded that they began to ‘see’ angels and ghosts. The biggest clients of the charlatons were ma [...]

    3. Sample quote: "Many consciences were awakened; many hard hearts melted into tears; many a penitent confession was made of crimes long concealed. It would wound the soul of any Christian to have heard the dying groans of many a despairing creature, and none durst come near to comfort them."

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