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A Journal of the Plague Year (Norton Critical Editions) (urspr publ 1722; utgåvan 1992)

av Daniel Defoe

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Defoe's account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe's own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life of a city under siege; the often gruesome medical precautions and practices of the time; the mass panics of a frightened citizenry; and the solitary travails of Defoe's narrator, a man who decides to remain in the city through it all, chronicling the course of events with an unwavering eye. Defoe's Journal remains perhaps the greatest account of a natural disaster ever written. A novel recounting the individual tragedies of the great plague of 1665.… (mer)
Medlem:Elizabeth.Michele
Titel:A Journal of the Plague Year (Norton Critical Editions)
Författare:Daniel Defoe
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (1992), Paperback, 361 pages
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Pestens år : iakttagelser och hågkomster rörande de märkliga händelser, såväl offentliga som enskilda, vilka inträffade i London under den senaste stora hemsökelsen anno 1665, nedtecknade av en medborgare som hela tiden var kvar i staden och aldrig förut offentliggjorda av Daniel Defoe (1722)

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  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
Defoe, writing more than half a century after the plague died out, casts his novel as a contemporary eyewitness account. One aspect of the technique he uses to give it a genuine air: the narrator jumps from one topic to another, only to come back later to a thread he had dropped. This might irritate some impatient readers. But the result is a tale that feels not so much written as told. Interspersed with the recurring topics are anecdotes. Most of these are snippets, but shortly after the halfway point in the book, the narrator tells an extended tale of the resourcefulness of three men, two of them brothers, who remove themselves to the country.
In keeping with this informal structure, the narrator goes back and forth on some issues, such as the wisdom of the strict quarantine imposed. Similarly, his disapproval of those who fled alternates with his own regret that he didn’t follow his brother’s example and leave.
In many details, the book mirrors the news of our day. There is a mixture of selfless and base behavior. There are preachers whose messages sank rather than lifted up the heart of their hearers. There is the popularity of “quacks, mountebanks, wizards and fortune-tellers.” The well-to-do flee to their country estates and thereby introduce the plague to regions as yet untouched by it. There is the undercounting of the dead, particularly in the early stages of the outbreak. There is a severe economic toll.
You might wonder why I should read this, rather than something that would take my mind off COVID-19. Somehow, it was reassuring to read of this tribulation from so long ago. Spoiler alert: humanity survives.
Defoe’s prose is surprisingly accessible for a book published three centuries ago. And the edition I read featured an excellent introduction by Anthony Burgess. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Because 300 years later, so little has changed... ( )
1 rösta evano | Apr 24, 2021 |
Pretty much at every step we match the behaviour of people from 17th century to the point that makes you think that human society has only evolved superficially and underneath the obvious modernity of air travel, vaccines and instant communication is the same herd of clueless and lost apes. China even put padlocks on people's houses. Let's hope we don't also copy the great fire of London idea. ( )
  Paul_S | Apr 5, 2021 |
A fascinating look at London in 1665, when the bubonic plague swept through the city. Reading it in New York City during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic was especially enlightening, as one can see so many similarities. Hoarding supplies, fleeing the cities for country homes, self-isolation, all of these things were happening in the London pandemic over 300 years ago. There is even the "double-peak" we hear so much about today, where cases start to go on the decline, quarantine restrictions are lifted so people start mingling again, and we see a second wave of infections, albeit not quite as high as the first.

Highly recommended, especially if you want to see how human behavior hasn't changed in the intervening three-and-a-half centuries. ( )
  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
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It was about the beginning of September 1664, that I, among the rest of my neighbours, heard in ordinary discourse, that the plague was returned again in Holland; for it had been very violent there, and particularly at Amsterdam and Rotterdam, in the year 1663, whither, they say, it was brought, some said from Italy, others from the Levant, among some goods, which were brought home by their Turkey fleet; others said it was brought from Candia; others from Cyprus.
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But even those wholesome reflections -- which, rightly managed, would have most happily led the people to fall upon their knees, make confession of their sins, and look up to their merciful Savior for pardon, imploring His compassion on them in such a time of their distress, by which we might have been as a second Ninevah -- had quite a contrary extreme in the common people, who, ignorant and stupid in their reflections as they were brutishly wicked and thoughtless before, were now led by their fright to extremes of folly; and, as I have said before that they ran to conjurers and witches, and all sort of deceivers to know what should become of them (who fed their fears, and kept them always alarmed and awake on purpose to delude them and pick their pockets), so they were as mad upon their running after quacks and mountebanks, and every practising old woman for medicines and remedies; storing themselves with such multitudes of pills, potions, and presevatives, as they were called, that they not only spent their money but even poisoned themselves beforehand for fear of the poison of the infection; and prepared their bodies for the plague, instead of preserving them against it.
When the physicians assured us that the danger was as well from the sound, that is, the seemingly sound, as the sick ... then they began to be jealous of everybody, and a vast number of people locked themselves up, so as not to come abroad into any company at all, nor suffer any that had been abroad in promiscuous company to come into their houses, or near them, at least not so near them as to be within the reach of their breath or of any smell from them.
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Defoe's account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe's own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life of a city under siege; the often gruesome medical precautions and practices of the time; the mass panics of a frightened citizenry; and the solitary travails of Defoe's narrator, a man who decides to remain in the city through it all, chronicling the course of events with an unwavering eye. Defoe's Journal remains perhaps the greatest account of a natural disaster ever written. A novel recounting the individual tragedies of the great plague of 1665.

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