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Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Great Book! A Must Read Whether Or Not You've Seen The Show!

I first heard of Call The Midwife when I was flipping through channels and stumbled upon it on PBS. I was immediately drawn in and had to go back onto the website to watch all the episodes I missed. When the first season was over I did some investigating and found the...
I first heard of Call The Midwife when I was flipping through channels and stumbled upon it on PBS. I was immediately drawn in and had to go back onto the website to watch all the episodes I missed. When the first season was over I did some investigating and found the show was based on the true memoirs of Jennifer Worth. There are actually 3 books in the series, this is the first of the three and each chapter is basically a short vignette of an experience nurse Jenny Lee had during her time at Nonnatus House.

It is a fairly quick, easy yet interesting read. Made all the better because the stories are true. I would highly recommend for anyone!

posted by socksgirl on March 1, 2013

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Labor but no delivery

This book teases but doesn't deliver on several issues: the decision to enter nursing as a career, the progession from novice to expert midwife and the transition from agnostic to believer. We have a hint that the author had an unhappy love affair as a very young woman...
This book teases but doesn't deliver on several issues: the decision to enter nursing as a career, the progession from novice to expert midwife and the transition from agnostic to believer. We have a hint that the author had an unhappy love affair as a very young woman and went into nursing. But she never discusses how she hit upon nursing as a career or why she went on for midwifery training. There are several birth stories but we don't get a sense of progression from novice to expert in midwifery. The information about the birthing process is accurate but might be puzzling to a non-medical person. Lastly the author starts her time in the convent as an agnostic but is touched by the example of the nuns who are training her. We get the sense that there may have been a spiritual change but we have no information about how this change affects her practice as a nurse. In general the book was well-written but ultimately unsatifying because there were so many stories that needed to be fleshed out.

posted by txbkwrm50 on May 26, 2009

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Another book with too much press

    I read this for a book club and enjoyed parts of it, but the graphic details of brothel life left me gagging more so than details of birth. As a child of the 50s and one of six children, I understand that life back then had little interest in curtailing the population, but, please, 25 children? No one in their right minds would think that was normal or smart. That the last child survived is quite unbelievable. I haven't seen the BBC series which I understand out-paced "Downtown Abbey", but I prefer the restraint in the latter series. I'm still a big fan of "fade to black" when the bedroom door is closed. Having read the reviews, I expected more.

    3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Labor but no delivery

    This book teases but doesn't deliver on several issues: the decision to enter nursing as a career, the progession from novice to expert midwife and the transition from agnostic to believer. We have a hint that the author had an unhappy love affair as a very young woman and went into nursing. But she never discusses how she hit upon nursing as a career or why she went on for midwifery training. There are several birth stories but we don't get a sense of progression from novice to expert in midwifery. The information about the birthing process is accurate but might be puzzling to a non-medical person. Lastly the author starts her time in the convent as an agnostic but is touched by the example of the nuns who are training her. We get the sense that there may have been a spiritual change but we have no information about how this change affects her practice as a nurse. In general the book was well-written but ultimately unsatifying because there were so many stories that needed to be fleshed out.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2015

    Gritty book on which the cozy serues is based. This was one of the worse slums in london until tore down what was left after bombs

    If you saw t v first this may disappoint you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Uneven account a mix of info. back flash present times

    Story within stories. Pbs series smooth all out to present day. Tho other two books are the same but these are the base for the t v series which does a good job of recreating what is no longer there bombed out and then relocated to suburbs and now area is new river view condos book collector/wis.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Good.

    This is a good book. Not what I expected but is okay.

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