Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Club Friday-- The Midwife.

GoodReads Synopsis: 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, The Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.

My Thoughts:  I initially got this book from the library because I wanted to watch the BBC show, "Call the Midwife," and I'm SO glad I did.  This book was fantastic-- easily one of my favorites of the year.  It was not the quickest read probably because some of the stories she told were so heartwrenching, but it was so, so good.  I loved how she told some of the history of the medicine of midwifery and childbirth.  What she described in the 1950s seemed so antiquated, so her descriptions of childbirth even further back in history was astonishing.

These stories were so great-- I laughed, I cried, I was disgusted, and I was touched.  It was a very moving and well-written memoir.  No wonder it became a BBC show!  I'm very much looking forward to reading her next two books.

A beautiful quote came from Sister Monica Joan at the very end, which very aptly describes the book-- "How can you love ignorant, brutish people whom you don't even know? Can anyone love filth and squalor? Or lice and rats? Who can love aching weariness, and carry on working in spite of it? One cannot love these things. One can only love God, and through His grace, come to love His people."


  1. I may have to add this to my reading list. :) I watched the first episode of the show, and I felt like they were leaving some things out. I'll probably enjoy the book more. As always. LOL

  2. I love the show and I've been wanting to read the books. Can't wait!