Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with... show more
At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side—illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, Call the Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.
Publish date: 2012-08-29
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Jennifer Worth states in her introduction that she wrote this book in response to an article bemoaning the dearth of midwives in literature. An interesting claim, since in my perception, midwives are everywhere in literature. If you are writing a book with a historical setting and you want a female ...
This is not to damn those that work on the show or the show itself. But the book was so much better! There were liberties taken with the tv show to make it more melodramatic and "good tv." Yet reading the book satisfied my yearnings for more about London's East End in the 1950s and the people who li...
The title sums up the subject matter of this book pretty efficiently, so no synopsis is really necessary. I found this to be a mesmerizing read. I was absolutely hypnotized by the tales of horrid living conditions, imprisonment, prostitution, etc., etc., etc. Ms. Worth definitely holds nothing ba...
I know everyone is raving over the book but I have to admit that by the end, I was beginning to wonder how much of the memoir is fact and how much is old memories embroidered by the passing of time--but then again, I am always asking that question about truth and memory.