Book Review: The Wonder (absolutely wonderful)


The Wonder, Emma Donoghue

This made it into the top ten books I read in 2016. Historical fiction done well transports the reader to a time so successfully that even without any knowledge of that it was like, it’s as if one is there—and the author is very successful in that regard here. A bleak, unromantic look at the desperation created by ignorance, religion and poverty wherein a little girl is at the center of claims of a miracle; namely that she has stopped eating and drinking entirely and is sustained only by her faith. Fascinating from the point of view of what medical science was available at the time, as well as how one’s prejudices can blind them from seeing what is dreadfully obvious. Compelling characters, strong dramatic tension and wonderful writing.  4.5 Stars



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