“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities;
Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain
February is almost over which means it’s time to report on our memoirs!
Here’s what I thought:
I loved it! I love the PBS series based on this novel, so much in fact, that I was a little worried that the book might not live up to my expectations. Boy, was I wrong! I loved it as much as the TV series and maybe even more. Call the Midwife had everything I love about memoirs – how life can be a mixture of love and grief, grit and inspiration, hard but rewarding work, and a lot of faith. Jenny lives and works with the Sisters at Nonnatus House as a midwife for the residents in the East End of London. It was a rough area, poor and overcrowded, but the people had a pecking order and respected the nuns and midwives greatly. The book isn’t so much about Jenny, but about the people around her – the other midwives, the nuns and her patients. The life stories she dives into are often heart wrenching, but there are also stories of family and love, strengthen and determination. Without being boring or too technical, I learned a bit of history about the post-WWII London, workhouses of the past, and the progression of medicine (especially midwifery) in the past two centuries. It was fascinating to hear about her life at the convent, although she was not a nun and not religious, and how the nuns had a profound influence on her and her life.
As soon as I finished the book, I went on Thriftbooks.com and ordered the next two books in the series. I was nearly in a depression that they took several days to arrive in the mail. I’m so eager to finish this series.
I loved this category and could stay with “read a memoir” for several more months but, alas, we must move on! The whole point of this is to expand our reading, right?! I’ll be posting the next challenge soon!
Now it’s your turn: What memoir did you pick and what did you think of it? Any highlights? Would you recommend it?
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