Catwoman (DC Icons, iLass of wine and full of the most eccentric characters Its a wonderful book history memoir and a full of cockney humour I have had this series by Jennifer Worth sitting on my bookshelves for a year My sistern law let me borrow the five books Call the M Post war London with ts bombed out buildings and slums s the setting for much of this All Things Made New interesting and entertaining non fiction read There are so manyncredible stories Words Fail Us in this memoir by Jennifer Worth thatt Tomb Raider is difficult to pick a favorite but I loved Chummy with her big ole heart old fashioned bicycle and her hero Jack who as you will see did becomemportant An Honorable Defeat in his day Mary s story of prostitutions sad and touching but Mrs Jenkin s surrender to the workhouse The Groundnut Cookbook is just beyond wordsWhile most residents of the war torn Dockland s livedn sualor with detestable sanitation conditions and little hope OMG the bomb site dump there s still a nice mix of happy and funny stories here too I will not forget Conchita with her 20 babies or the hilarious antics of Sister Monica JoanI now have a new respect for the Midwives and Nuns of the 1940 50 s erathey were an extremely knowledgeable and formidable breed with unbelieveably mmeasurable responsibilities Amazing life Excellent memoir one last note the man they called turd was aptly named I m writing this as I m just about halfway through so I may revise this later For now oh man I have some The Gates of Europe issues with this book I started readingt after I watched all of the first season of Call the Midwife on Netflix I loved the show and got excited to see they were based on actual books Maybe my opinion s tainted by the fact that the author states she was trying to be the James Herriot of midwives But as I ve been reading I ve had the mpression Claiming the Enemy (Porter Brothers Trilogy, in many places that she was trying to copy his style and failed James Herriot writesn an easily followed conversational style Jennifer Worth throws out obscurely large words that I have to look up on a regular basis I have a decent vocabulary but nternecine Just thrown nto the middle of an otherwise conversational style The Hero Pup it sncongruous I enjoy reading the cockney dialect and learning English terms for things but these ten dollar words look like trying too hard and they re annoyingI realize Ms Worth After the Ice is a product of her time and I am trying very hard to not judge her unfairly using my time and culture as a standard Butt s difficult to Super Grandma and Super Grandpa (The Unknown Superheroes ignore the ethnocentric comments sprinkled throughout the book She described anmpoverished Murder in Mind immigrant woman as looking like a Spanish princess Making the foreign personnto something exotic The World in Winter is objectifying and keeps hern the other category When we got to little Mary the teenage Irish prostitute she The Asylum is described first as a Celtic princess then as maybe the product of an Irish navvy manual laborer and then says maybe they re the same thing Alright You need to stop right there ladyI don t think James Herriot would have had a graphic description of group sexncluding blow jobs I understand this was a section of the book about prostitution but that scene really seemed to not fit the tone of the book up to that point It felt gratuitousThe description of the henpecked husband Trick (Foolish Kingdoms, is just one of many examples ofnternalized misogyny that got on my nerves Sometimes the lines between class and gender blurred but t was always clear Ms Worth felt above these people You can t ramble at length about how very much a poor sick woman repulses you and end people You can t ramble at length about how very much a poor sick woman repulses you and end saying Well I m not here to judge Because you just did for many pages This makes for an uncomfortable readThere s also plenty of romanticizing the past talking about how no one had to lock their doors and when girls got pregnant their men rose to the challenge and married them She doesn t come out and say that she thought t was better that way but I think
s mplied And that bothers me All that said Introducing the Ancient Greeks is annteresting read and I am having a hard time putting The Student Cookbook it down I plan to finisht and read the others Torpedo Run in the series I just have somessues Giving The Driver it three stars because I am actually enjoying readingt for the most part It s not perfection I doubt I ll want to re read De glazen troon (De glazen troon, it andt s definitely not James Herriot James Herriot made Silent Witnesses it sound like tramping aroundn a freezing cold barn armpit deep The Hawthorn Crown (The Changeling, into a cow s vagina was still somehow a good time Worth does not have that skillEdit Thiss where I got angry Really angry In a passage describing how married women were free to cheat on their husbands because a pregnancy wouldn t be as difficult as for a single woman Worth writes I have often felt that the situation s loaded against men Until recently when Genetic Blood Tests Became Possible blood tests became possible could any man know that his wife was carrying his child The poor man had no other assurance of paternity than his wife s word Unless she s virtually locked up he can have no control over her activities during the day while he The Common Years is at workThose are some seriously loaded words We are talking about a time and placen which The Valkyrie Song (Jan Fabel, impoverished women are forced to carry baby after baby because theres no reliable birth control Husbands simply refused to wear condoms and wives were expected to submit Legally there was no such thing as a rape occurring within marriage but we know that Inishowen it happened We know that there was domestic violence against women and children and Worth mentions thempossibility of East End mothers leaving home to work They were up to the gills The Other Side of the Coyne in children and laundry It wasn t just life circumstances keeping women downn this time Zombacter it was powerful social control such as happens when women of highernfluential classes make casual comments about locking wives upI wanted to read the rest of the series but I think I can probably find another book to read about life La muñeca asesina in the workhouses Watch the show The shows better. Glish to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side Risking It All illuminate a fascinating timen history Beautifully written and utterly moving The Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who s and everyone who has a mother.
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Jennifer Worth ☆ 8 charactersI decided to read this book because I recently watched the BBCPBS show Call the Midwife which The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel - A 30-minute Chapter-by-Chapter Summary is based on the memoirs by Jennifer Worth I absolutely felln love with the TV show The Complete Idiots Guide to Buying Foreclosures it has a perfect mix of happy and sad with great characters That being said I actually came away from the book Call the Midwife feeling a little unsatisfied I certainly enjoyed the stories that she told Some were heart breaking some sweet or funny I enjoyed the subplot about Jenny discovering a profound faithn God though I found her a little unrevealing about other aspects of herself who Asian Bites is this man she loved so much The religious subplots sadly conspicuously absent from the TV series Unfortunately I found that overall the book really lacked a cohesive narrative thread Maybe that Perfect is the nature of memoirs I also felt a few of the main stories particularly Mary s went on a bit long I was a little disappointed that there weren t stories about the people she worked with I did enjoy the book and I amnterested n reading the other two but I didn t fall n love with Avengers it like the TV seriesDisclaimer I have seen many other reviews mention this and I will too The chapter Cable Street can easily be skipped It takes a looknto the life of prostitution and has a shockingly graphic group sex scene The detail that the author goes nto was unnecessary I can get the dea without the detail If you read that chapter just be forewarned that that scene American Prince isn there I see now that this The Devouring (The Devouring, is the first book of a series books fun You are told astounding stories about the author s years working as a midwife at the Nonnatus House Convent n the Docklands during the 1950s You meet the wonderful Sister Monica Joan a somewhat crazy ninety year old nun Conchita Warren who will give birth to both her twenty forth and twenty fifth child the latter premature of only 28 weeks gestation weighing less than two pounds born during a thick London smog You will not be able to put the book down during these chapters You meet a prostitute and here her story Heart wrenching You come to understand the lives of the women of the East End I promise you will laugh and cryThe structure of the book s anecdotal but even I who dislikes short stories was The Campaign for Domestic Happiness in no way disappointed The sisters of the convent become as members of a family each with their owndiosyncrasies Each child born Il tesoro di Gengis Khan (Le avventure di Dirk Pitt, is a wonder And Jennifer the authors surprisingly honest about her own weaknesses and failings I haven t told you a thing about Sister Monica Joan Her escapades will definitely make you smile and laugh outright She The Complete Idiots Guide to Crowdsourcing is something else The only way to meet hers by reading this book which I highly recommend I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book I liked the setting 1950s London but I had been wary of reading 300 plus pages about pregnancies and birthing and midwifery In movies and TV shows for The Complete Idiots Guide to Fondues and Hot Dips instance I hatehatehate childbirth scenes It s always the same The mother cries outn pain the father looks anxious the doctor sternly gives orders and then presto A sweet and wrinkled baby Aloha Rodeo is handed to the parents But Call the Midwife whichs also the name of the 2012 BBC
based on the books the original title was just The Midwife was thankfully than just a of childbirth stories I ended up loving the social history of that postwar period Jennifer Worth moved Stealing Venice into a convent and became a midwifen the slums of London s East End and she had good stories about the women she met and the trials had good stories about the women she met and the trials daily life for the lower classes I regret that I have not been able to get to know the men of the East End But All aboard the Ninky Nonk! its uite The Lady and the Peacock impossible I belong to the women s world to the taboo subject of childbirth The men are polite and respectful to us midwives but completely withdrawn from any familiarity let alone friendship Theres a total divide between what Another Mothers Love is called men s work and women s work So like Jane Austen whon her writing never recorded a conversation between two men alone because as a woman she could not know what exclusively male conversation would be like I cannot record much about the men of Poplar beyond superficial observationThere was a particularly fascinating and disturbing section on prostitution THE AGE OF ARTHUR: WARFARE IN THE BRITISH DARK AGES, 400 AD - 800 AD: WARHAMMER HISTORICAL. in the area which Worth had to deal with when she befriended a young girl who had been lurednto a brothel Worth also mentions the horrible workhouses Three by Atiq Rahimi in London which she learned about while caring for a traumatized patient who had lived there for decades When Worth asked an older nun about the workhouses she was told Humph You young girls know nothing of recent history You ve hadt too easy that s your trouble I think Worth s later memoirs talk about this so I expect to hear many horror storiesIt was especially nteresting to see the discussion on how much England s National Health Service changed health care for the people Worth freuently comments that certain medical procedures had previously not been available or affordable to the lower classes Besides the rich history there were also amusing stories of Worth s fellow nurses and nuns One of my favorite characters was nicknamed Chummy played by the hilarious Miranda Hart on the BBC series and whenever she was nvolved a story I couldn t help but smile at her earnestness which usually manifested The Galapagos Affair itselfn clumsiness There was also a deliciously batty old nun named Sister Monica Joan who says which usually manifested Rome Sweet Rome itselfn clumsiness There was also a deliciously batty old nun named Sister Monica Joan who says like Mars and Venus are n alignment The static forces the convergence of the fluid with the solid the descent of the hexagon as t passes through the ether This Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, is a uniue time to be alive So exciting The little angels clap their wings I listened to this on audio narrated by Nicola Barber andt was excellent She does fantastic voices and accents and I plan to listen to her read the other two books Goalie Interference (1Night Stand in the series Worth wrote a passage about babi. An unforgettable story of the joy of motherhood the bravery of a community and the hope of one extraordinary woman At the age of twenty two Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to movento a convent and become a midwi. Es that has stayed with me weeks after I first read The Lights of Manchester it The helplessness of the newborn humannfant has always made an The Reconstructionist impression on me All other mammals have a certain amount of autonomy at birth Many animals within an hour or two of birth are up on their feet and running Others at the very least can find the nipple and suck But the human baby can t even do that If the nipple or teats not actually placed The Dollmakers Daughters in the baby s mouth and sucking encouraged the baby would die of starvation I have a theory that all human babies are born prematurely Given the human life span three score years and ten to be comparable with other animals of similar longevity human gestation should be about two years But the human heads so big by the age of two that no woman could deliver Il it So our babies are born prematurelyn a state of utter helplessness Having given birth with the support of a midwife three times when I heard about this one I knew I had to make time to read The Missing it The Midwifes the memoir of Jennifer Worth Jenny and her experiences Health Policy Analysis in the East End Slums of post war London I think three things come together to make this a verynteresting bookFirst the voice of Jenny She s candid and real her storytelling doesn t sugar coat her experiences or her mistakes She never pretends that the East End was anything other than what t was a hard place to live where people still found things worth living for She shares her prejudices with us and shows us how they crumbled as she became The nexus intimate with the people she cared for both as a midwife and as a nurse Lifen the convent Operatie oranje woensdag its routines and relationships Jenny relates these things with an unaffected and honest candor Every once and a while the narrative felt a bit jumpy moving between time periods etc but because I wasnterested wherever she took me The Mouse-Proof Kitchen it didn t bother meThe second things that the time and place Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success is so narrow we get such anntimate slice of a group of people their trappings and failures and the things that make them tick Some of their vices are described The Prodigal Prophet in uncomfortable detail and you canmagine how hopeless and degrading life could be She teaches us to appreciate Cockneys and there Bloody Seoul is even an appendix so we can read Cockney and understand what they are saying As much as this books about being a midwife I also think Migritude it stands well as a cultural study of a group of people that no longer existn the same senseThe third thing The Color Purple is the art of midwiferytself and her journey as a midwife I caught myself smiling while reading some chapters there Truth and Nothing But is so much joy and other chapters brought me to tears and had me biting my lip with worry She wasn the thick of the struggle between life and death that all mothers experience as they bring a new one Negotiate the best deal into the world And I think theres a nice balance between medical nformation and the extensive personal stories that make Jenny s neighborhood vibrant full of characters and their histories She never pretends that t was easy or glamorous work and sometimes the conditions she worked n were downright disgusting I kept having the thought this was REAL It was her LIFE Women gave BIRTH this way lived this way medical science was so different and I think this memoir gives a fascinating perspective of a way of life that s no longer as well as a flavor for the satisfaction That Comes From Working With Pregnant WomenIt S Not Lyrical comes from working with pregnant womenIt s not lyrical dreamy t s a down n the gutters look at an ages old profession I loved One from None it Call the Midwife the first of a trilogy by Jennifer Worth n e Lees a memoir of the author s work as a midwife working with the nuns of Nonnatus House Im Afraid of Men in the East End during the 1950s Its a collection of comical sad mischievous happy and unexpected true tales of poverty stricken large families living Reforesting Faith in post war London oftenn sualid tenements deemed unfit for human habitation In this educational warm easy and humane book the reader gets a glimpse of sleeping by the Cut pig breeding boys never found Peggy Deans Guide to Nature Drawing and Watercolor in secret hideouts the discrete lives of nuns and the maddening heartbreak of poverty adoption and brutal lossThere has always been something about Cockneys whichs pe It was an Foursome incredible read that was marred by an obscenely disgusting chapter right smack dabn The Middle That Made middle that made have to uestion whether I should continue or not I did continue after skimming past the Corduroys Garden incredibly gross part and was glad that I did because the remaining stories were verynterestinguniue and the final few were What Is the Story of Scooby-Doo? inspirational I just really hated that such a wonderful read had to be almost ruined entirely by a poor editing choice Granted this was based on real life experiences and memoirs of this woman but the obscene part was taken too far and had little to do with the overall purpose of the book being women having babies motherhood The scenenvolved a woman getting taken nto prostitution and a show girl and although these were real people this midwife encountered I don t think the description needed to contain all the colorful details just enough to make the reader pity the girl s plight Anywayother than that huge blight on the story the author was a fabulous story teller and I loved the variety of stories she told from her adventures as a midwife I read the companion book to this last year and hadn t been able to get this n the US but now I am n the UK with my terminally ll mother I took the opportunity to find Stumbling Giants it You wouldn t think that the world of the 50s was so different ast s now but this depiction of the 50s of bombed out London health care where antibiotics were the new miracle drug and children played safely n the streets because there were no cars Anabella Giggles All Night! (Annabella is truly another world This thoughs also the story of a young nurse living Patient Safety Ethics in and operating from annner city convent of nuns dedicated to midwifery good cooking the odd Fe n post war London's East End slums The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London from the plucky warm hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty four children who can't speak En. ,series based on the books the original title was just The Midwife was thankfully than just a