Call the Midwife’ is a most extraordinary book and should be required reading of all students of midwifery, nursing, sociology and modern history. It tells of the experiences of a young trainee midwife in the East End of London in the 1950’s and is a graphic portrayal of the quite appalling conditions that the East Enders endured.
Call the Midwife is a book that has been sat on my shelf for a long time, I picked the entire series up in a charity shop made space for them and never looked at them again, it’s surprising how often that happens with me and books. I made it my goal this year to get to some of the books that I know I’ve been neglecting. Some have been great finds and some have been not so great. This is definitely one of the greats, I know I will be going on to read the rest of the books.
I do think that one of the things that let this book down would definitely have to be the writing style and prose, sometimes it felt clunky and almost childlike, it took a little while for me to get into the rhythm and actually begin to enjoy the stoyr and information. I think the fact that I have watched the TV shows and know all the characters from that helped me move past the writing style and voice. I also thought that some of the things that Jennifer admits to was more than a little judgemental, but then again this is also what makes this book so great, it is a completely honest recounting of the events that happened in the East End.
I loved the different stories and the happy endings and also how the not so happy endings told the reality of the situation, I think that is what this book was truly great at, being a mixture of the best and the worst part of the job. Also there was so much information packed into this short book that I actually felt like I learnt something. I defintiely can’t wait to read more of the books and learn more about the people of the East End.
Have you read any books that are a non-fiction but told in a way of fiction? Let me know in the comments!
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