|11-09-2014, 11:56 PM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Defoe, Daniel: A Journal of the Plague Year. v1.0 10 Nov 2014
The layout and typography has been changed to match the first edition, with decorations and banners taken from the pdf and using Igino Marini's Fell types fonts the 'Double Pica' being the closest match to that found in the original.
in a crowded city, something to think about in these
Ebola menaced times, but also a fantastic, if at times
|11-14-2014, 02:59 PM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Device: PRS 505
Thank you for uploading this. A real surprise of a book! I think it almost counts as science-fiction, or proto-science fiction. And very London-based. Very strong sense of atmosphere comes across, and while it's serious, somehow it manages to be not depressing (or is that just me?).
|11-15-2014, 01:22 AM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Thanks - glad you enjoyed it.
It is London based because the subject is the Great Plague of
London in 1665, that and the Great Fire a year later had quite a
major historical impact on the city. most of the places mentioned still
exist and even the sites of some of the plague pits are protected from
building development. For a Londoner like me, that makes it all the
Bear in mind that though fictional, it is almost certainly based on
anecdotes from people who lived through the event and the numbers
in the Bills of Moratlity are real. It is reckoned that 15% of the population
died during that period.
Whilst gruesome, it is heartening to see how social solidarity and empathy
appeared, across all classes and faiths, in the face of a common threat.
I'm not sure the same would happen these days.
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