Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Author: Jennifer Worth
Publisher: Penguin Books
Series: Call the Midwife, Bk 1
Length: 319 pages + Appendix "On the difficulties of writing the Cockney dialect" + Glossary
Obtained: Library book club kit copy
Why this book?:
This was this month's book for the discussion I've begun leading.
Note: I read the print and ebook editions of this book.
I was worried this might drag for me the way August's memoir was. To my great relief, not only did this not drag, but if flowed. I quickly found myself caught up in the descriptions (not something I usually say) and characters Jennifer met during her time midwifing in the 50s in the docklands of London.
Jennifer discusses the good, bad, and ugly. Some stories brought a smile, stories of warmth found even during strained situations. Others were sad or sickening in turn and showed the dark side of humanity.
The book certainly brought interesting discussion (for which I was relieved as well). I don't have much to say about it now, but I am most definitely glad I read it.