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Historical Novel Society

History of the Plague in London - Daniel Defoe This book is about the last plague in London in 1665. Though it is fiction, it reads like non-fiction . . . . really boring non-fiction. There are lists of numbers of deaths in various parishes (which may not have been nearly so painful to get through if I wasn't listening to this as an audiobook), discussions of fortune tellers exploiting people's fears, and the hopelessness of those not able to leave the city. It is all done in a very cold, detached tone with no personal stories told. There are really no characters to speak of as the narrator almost always speaks in general terms not about specific people. I decided that this wasn't even worth my listening time and quit in the middle, which is something I very rarely do.