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The Speckled Monster

The Speckled Monster

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by Jennifer Lee Carrell

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The Speckled Monster tells the dramatic story of two parents who dared to fight back against smallpox.  After barely surviving the agony of smallpox themselves, they flouted eighteenth-century medicine by borrowing folk knowledge from African slaves and Eastern women in frantic bids to protect their children.  From their heroic struggles stems the

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Speckled Monster: A Historic Tale of Battling Smallpox 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Jennifer Lee Carrell's style of writing. As an English teacher and lover of Shakespeare, her other two books Haunt Me Still and Interred with Their Bones based on MacBeth and Hamlet had me wishing for more - many more! But all that was left was The Speckled Monster, so I gave it a try. Her writing style remains wonderful. The story flows with description and she has a firm grasp of her changing settings which are widely diverse. This and the incredible information she has amassed on smallpox has proved that she is a master of research, something that is prime in this her first book but is carried through the other two novels. She has made the real "characters" come to life through dialogue and description. The dreadful disease in all it's horror is fully disclosed and appreciated for it's devastating properties. It makes one greatly appreciate the white spot on their upper arm or thigh! What people went through in the days of medical experimentation can't help but make all of us grateful for our own time period. I feel I learned a tremendous amount historically and medically in reading this book. However, I would still like another novel/mystery based on maybe King Lear or Othello! Well done.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. I was afraid it was going to be all facts and no good fiction but was pleasantly surprised to find it was a page turner. As a health professional and an avid reader I highly recommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book presented a fine story, unfortunatly, it was not the story of smallpox. The author focused more on a personal story of smallpox then the story of smallpox as a disease. If that is what you are looking for go ahead, but if you are reading the book to learn more about smallpox, there are better books.
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