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A true classic!,
This review is from: Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s (Paperback)
I would highly recommend this book, one of my all-time favourites.
Jennifer gives an honest account of her days as a midwife in East End London's poorest tennements, while living with nuns. She pays pleasant attention to detail while telling of life in the nunnery and of her visits to patients houses where she delivers their babies. She obviously has a warm personality and natural interest in everyone she meets, whether they are her patient or housemate as every characters personality and life is conveyed to the reader with sparkling reality and with warmth, affection, sadness (i won't go into details as don't want to spoil it for anyone whose not read it yet but be pepared to be deeply moved to tears) and large helpings of humour. Jennifer gives detailed factual accounts of each birth.
Jennifer was a young, faily naive girl when she began working from the nunnery so she was obviously seeing sights and dealing with situations she'd never faced before. She explains the shock she felt at times.
The poor conditions that people lived in are shocking, saddening and heart-wrenching. Things were much different to they are today -one of the worst things being in those days loving young mums had to give up their babies if they were too young or too poor, they had no say in the matter..
Overjoyed to see it has now been made into a 6 part drama on TV. this makes enjoyable viewing and i shall definitly buy the DVD but the TV version is no-where near as gritty and real as the book.