Anyways. The bubonic plague. Let’s get right into it.
Well, not that into it. *takes a step back away from the plague victim*
So, Ken Follett writes about the bubonic plague/black death in his novel World Without End and, you know what? It was awesome. At its core, the novel was just a quiet story about one English town and the people there–their interconnected lives and loves and trials.
As a reader, though of course, you can just see the bubonic plague at the horizon and it was a bit of hell. Because you end up loving the characters. But you know that there’s a whole, ya know, humanity shattering plague on the horizon and most bets are off when it comes to those loved characters sticking around long-term.
Even with that–even knowing the ending–I still loved reading this book. It was one of those books that I actually didn’t let myself read at night, because I would stay up until midnight reading it. The way Follett layers personal stories with broader cultural shifts was absolutely fascinating. There are acts of everyday bravery, scenes of communities uniting together, and completely horrid self-righteous villains that you just love to hate.
If you’re a history buff at all, read this book. If you’re kind of maybe interested in history or medicine, read this book. If you like love stories that last across decades, read this book. Or something. Just basically, go out and read this one. I promise folks, it was good. (Though, it is 1,000 pages long, sooooo budget your time out in advance.)
Now, I don’t normally pair books here with Cabernet Sauvignon wine or blends. The wine is normally a bit heavy for my taste, but something about this book just demands to be paired with a thick, dark red wine. In that spirit, I’m going for one of the favorite wines of the family (wait, your family doesn’t have a favorite wine?)–Ferrari Carano’s Siena. It’s a blend of Sangiovese, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
It’s a little bit more expensive of a wine than I normally feature on this blog, but in the spirit of bubonic decadence, let’s go for it! The wine is definitely strong, but also rich in berry flavors and smooth at the end with notes of caramel and vanilla. It’s an absolutely lush wine that could easily be enjoyed for, oh, 1,000 pages.
Have you read World Without End? What are your favorite Cabernet blends?