· The novel ·
The fascinating adventures of a group of girls who became midwives at a structure run by nuns – midwives and nurses themselves – in the poorest and roughest parts of London in the 1950s, told by one of them, are the soul of Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. It is such an interesting book that it was successfully made into a television series in the UK. A world not so far away in time, but that seems profoundly different from ours: the children who are born into poor and very large families are always welcomed with love and joy, and the young nurses are seen with gratitude and affection. These girls from upper and middle class families learn to measure up to dirt and wretchedness, blows and syphilis, but also to discover an unexpected world of solidarity and love. The reader also learns much about births when they still happened at home and in a completely natural way, and when the lives of both mother and child were often in the hands of a courageous and expert woman, the midwife. (@LuceScaraffia)
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