Shadows of the Workhouse

Shadows of the Workhouse

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The Call the midwife trilogy is comprised of Call the midwife (not included here, c2002), Shadows of the workhouse (this book, c2005), and Farewell to the East End (not included here, c2009). Together, this series chronicles Jennifer Worth's career as a midwife from start to finish, from her arrival in the war-scarred Docklands as a wide-eyed trainee, to the demolition of the tenements and subsequent closure of Nonnatus House. It provides a fascinating snapshot of social history, documenting the East End in the days when there was a real sense of community, when times were tough but there was plenty of good humour and neighbourly support to help the inhabitants through the harsh economic climate. The book also enables readers to follow Jennifer's personal story, as she discovers the amazing resilience of a population still bearing the scars of war, and the vibrant community of nuns with whom she lives and who teach her the skills of midwifery. In stories that are funny, disturbing and moving in equal measure, we meet prostitutes and abortionists, bigamists and mischievous nuns, and see Jennifer earn the confidence of people whose lives are often stranger than fiction.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 0062270052
9780062270054
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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The second series is almost as good as the first one. Another glimpse into life in the 50s in a very poor area of London, England. Life is to be lived where you call home and these midwives definitely do that. I plan to put season 3 on hold to enjoy the next rainy week we have in the country.

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cgarzon
Apr 19, 2018

Gave great context and background for the tv series.

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Quietday
Apr 11, 2017

I love the Call the Midwife series on the BBC. This is the first book I've read. The workhouse stories were hard to bear, especially the treatment of Jane as a child. So much inhumanity. But Worth's journals as a nurse are always interesting to me. We can't imagine life in the workhouse, how awful that must have been, how families were driven apart by poverty and unfortunate circumstances. At least later in life, there were sparks of happiness for these 3 figures.

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BeckyR21
Jul 07, 2016

Very interesting read. The TV series does an excellent job taking a wonderful book and creating TV worth watching.

cmlibrary_ecrites Apr 20, 2016

I loved this book! What a fascinating look into an equally fascinating time in history.

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wendyfath
Apr 15, 2016

This book in the series does not deal with the 'midwife experience'; rather, Worth focuses more on the workhouse experience and the aftermath through the lives of a number of fascinating characters. She retells their stories with acute sensitivity and brilliant detail. This is a very engaging way to read history.

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cutemegz
Mar 17, 2016

Good read, very touching and mind opening to the struggles of our past. Worth a read, if you are not into reading watch the series, it follows the novel beautifully.

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kheythaler
Mar 15, 2016

Wonderful

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kheythaler
Mar 15, 2016

if you thought we had it bad, read about the workhouses

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kheythaler
Mar 15, 2016

Wonderful history, a must read

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so_yun
Jun 06, 2013

different stories from memorable events while the author was training as a midwife in London't East End where people are mostly poor and speak with Cockney accent with influx of new immigrants.

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mvkramer Mar 24, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Like the first volume's chapter about the young prostitute Mary, this volume has a very violent scene emerge from nowhere in the chapter entitled "Nancy." This chapter relates the incredibly brutal story of a girl getting "surgically raped" (just the phrase squicks me out). Skip this chapter if you're a more sensitive reader.

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