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by Daniel Defoe

A Chronology of Daniel Defoe. A journal of the plague year. Appendix: A Medical Note.

A Chronology of Daniel Defoe. READERS coming to A Journal of the Plague Year fresh from Robinson Crusoe are struck by similarities: the hypnotic first person focus, the risk to survival and the aching for personal deliverance, the style steeped in the literature of religious nonconformity, the eye for unnerving detail, the creation of myth from routine observation.

A LibriVox recording of A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe. Read by Denny Sayers. April 15th 2013: missing sections of this book have been recorded, and the whole book recatalogued. This work is among the first English novels

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2 people found this helpful. Defoe was only 5 years old when the plague of 1665 hit. He wrote the novel as an adult to wake up complacent Londoners about a new plague threat. I found the text to be too often repetitive.

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A Journal of the Plague Year is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in March 1722. The book is told somewhat chronologically, though without sections or chapter headings.

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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.

Daniel Defoe Snippet view - 1969. Bibliographic information. A Journal Of The Plague Year Volume 289 of Everyman's library. A journal of the plague year: being observations or memorials of the most. Daniel Defoe Snippet view - 1969. View all . References to this book.

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A number of the Amazon commenters have provided very good reviews of this work. The review by Rick Skwiot from July 5, 2010, is extremely detailed and well written; I recommend it highly. I shall mention only a few aspects of this work that surprised and intrigued me.
The work is classified as a “novel” and is discussed in most reviews as a work of fiction. It is a work of fiction in the sense that the first person narrator is a fictional person (probably based on Defoe’s uncle) because Defoe, himself, would have been only 5 years old in 1665 at the time of the Great London Plague. However, it is a well-researched report of a historical event through fictional eyes. I believe that the anecdotes and events reported were for the most part real and developed based on detailed interviews with survivors of the event and on contemporary records. I would classify the work more as a “non-fiction novel,” somewhat in the nature of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” Capote claimed that “non-fiction novels” do not include first-person viewpoint. Well, this was well before Capote’s time, and Defoe’s work may take precedence over Capote’s pontification.
Defoe continues to write in his essentially simple, but detailed and informative style. The journalist states a number of times that he intends the journal to be of assistance to understanding how to deal with such an event if it should recur. The journalist is at times repetitive and the work includes far too much detail of “death and disease” statistics for a 21st century reader; but at the time the work was published these would likely have been of interest to readers and certainly of interest to any future reader using the book as a guide to dealing with a similar event.
One oddity of the book – there are no chapter or section divisions; the largest subdivision of the text is paragraphs. Another oddity of Defoe’s style, he uses the phrase “I say” as a kind of intensifier or conjunction quite frequently, especially early in the book. I’ve not seen this done by any other writer; but Defoe frequently used it as a device to remind the reader that he is continuing on a thought that he started several lines earlier. I found it an interesting literary device that causes the writer to seem more as if he is speaking directly to the reader.
It is clear from Defoe’s descriptions that a vast majority of the populace and the physicians all generally considered spread of the plague to be an infection or contagion that went from one person to another by some physical means, possibly by exhalation or body odors, possibly by body fluids, possibly by materials handled by a diseased person, etc. They did not consider the disease to be caused by something ambient in the air or caused by an act of divine providence upon specific individuals. So, their expectation would be that a completely isolated person or family would be safe from the disease. With this understanding, it is somewhat surprising to me that physicians or other scientists of the time did not figure out that the vector for the plague – if it was indeed bubonic plague, as generally attributed – was vermin of one sort or another. They would not have had the knowledge to correctly assign the root cause to bacteria carried by fleas; however, it seems to me that they should have had the capability to figure out that the vector was fleas on rats or other small rodents or, if not the fleas, then at least the animals themselves. Yet, this connection was never made or even suggested.
Significant parts of the journal describe the plight of the working poor during this crisis. With the wealthy fleeing the city and many businesses closing, the individuals who worked daily for their bread lost their normal source of income and ability to buy food. The journalist gives high praise to the Lord Mayor of London and his Aldermen for their management of this aspect of the crisis.
The book is well worth the time it takes to read.
Daniel Defoe wrote this based on another's first hand account and added some artistic license but nevertheless it reads like a factual and at times terrifying account of how the citizens of London reacted to a horrific epidemic in the 17th century. At times it felt like I was reading an episode of the Walking Dead as people banded together in groups and tried to isolate themselves from infection. The book does start slowly with an accounting of the dead by section of the city over time to demonstrate the rapid spread of the disease and some of these passages may be a bit dry. However when the anecdotal stories of individuals and the narrator himself are related the book is remarkably tense and engaging despite some archaic language.
For anyone interested in the subject this is actually a more detailed and fascinating account than the one in Samuel Pepys diary of the same period. A short read but one that will truly result in an understanding of a dark episode in London's history.
I remember reading Defoe's "Journal of the Plague Year" years ago and being amazed at how much it read like a work of non-fiction. The work is a fictionalized account of the London plague of 1665 based on "eyewitness account". I have to say that for something written in 1722, there is a contemporary feel to the work. For example, there are statistics provided as to the number of deaths, interspersed with imagined accounts of everyday people's lives during this bleak period such as the account of the infant who contracted the plague from its wet nurse. The mother, knowing the baby is doomed, suckles it, and dies alongside the infant. There are elements of both tabloid journalism alongside factual accounts that could easily convince the reader these events really occurred.

The Easton Press edition I purchased is part of the 100 Greatest Books series, comes bound in genuine leather, and has the trademark features such as moire endleaves, satin ribbon page markers, and illustrations. The illustrations here are actually quite graphic and macabre and add to the authentic feel of this narrative.
Tale of the 1665 Black Death in London that killed over 100,000 people in a painful way. Gives insight into how things were managed by the authorities and attitudes of the people. Much is spoken of the poor and their contribution to the plague, and the classes of people as existed in those times is a recurring thought. The nurses who were caring for the dying were sometimes accused of murdering their patients, although I would say it was mercy killing. The entire plague and it's resolution is attributed to God with a belittling of any natural cause. They were unaware of how the bacteria spread or what it was which put them at a severe handicap. The author presses hard that quarantine was ineffective. The prose is surprisingly easy to read despite how long ago it was written.
Journal of Plague Year (Everyman's Library) ebook
Daniel Defoe
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