When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.
Here, at last, is the full story of Chummy's delightful courtship and wedding. We also meet Megan'mave, identical twins who share a browbeaten husband, and return to Sister Monica Joan, who is in top eccentric form. As in Worth's first two books, Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times and Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse, the vividly portrayed denizens of a postwar East End contend with the trials of extreme poverty—unsanitary conditions, hunger, and disease—and find surprising ways to thrive in their tightly knit community.
A rich portrait of a bygone era of comradeship and midwifery populated by unforgettable characters, Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End will appeal to readers of Frank McCourt, Katherine Boo, and James Herriot, as well as to the fans of the acclaimed PBS show based on the trilogy.
©2005 Jennifer Worth. (P)2014 HighBridge Company.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
"Call The Midwife" was my favorite book last year and I snatched up the last two in the series as quick as I found them. Although each book could stand alone, I still recommend reading it first. This book goes back to the actual midwifery work with real life experiences being shared much like Book 1. Deliveries are followed step by step, botched abortions, infanticide, tuberculosis, single mothers, didn't know was PG moms, hair-raising situations... and again its not for a young reader as real life is accurately portrayed. This book wraps up the work of the midwives, as the 60's brought birth control and the closing of East End "slums" and in the end Jenny shares what happened to all the main characters. If you loved CTM, you will love this. Just as a note the BBC has made it into a popular TV series that can be viewed on Netflix.
There are parts of this series of books that just broke my heart. To hear of the poverty and cruelty of this era and place, was sad as well as graphic. Sometimes you will need a strong stomach, because it is written by a nurse that saw and experienced many atypical things that we wouldn't come across much today. I love the writing and it was hard to see the book series end. All three books were so interesting and well-written. A group of stories that needed to be told.
Fairly high. The memoir series is not complete without it; you find out what happens to all the characters you've come to know and love from Call the Midwife and Shadows of the Workhouse.
Chummy's wedding, by far... very sweet, funny, and touching.
This is probably her best performance, better even than Shadows of the Workhouse. I will be checking out other performances of hers. Fun singing, accents, quiet sadness... stunning!
Great fitting end to a trilogy of short vignets. It is more personal than Shadows of the Workhouse, but not as personal as Call the Midwife. But it is a wonderful addition to any library, a tribute to a bigone era.
I absolutely loved this whole series of books, especially the first and last. The author really brings this world to life, and I am grateful she captured this period of time for the world to remember the resilient East Enders! Truth is stranger than fiction, and I often couldn't believe my ears - the stories were amazing and I shared many of them with whomever was patient enough to listen. I will remember these books fondly, and am sad to say farewell to the East End!
Amazing narrator, beautiful story. I listened to all three books in a week, and I've been enchanted by these accounts. The lifestyles and personalities in this book are some of the most delicately woven descriptions of the human experience.. the writing and the perfect narration of the characters had me in a whirlwind of emotion as the stories unfolded. Thank you for this experience! I'm studying midwifery, and I'm all the more inspired to offer this beautiful practice to people, and to be touched by the connections we make floating into intimate moments of other's lives.
One of the reasons I enjoyed reading book one and two so much was because they were reflections and memories of personal experiences. You learned of characters Jennifer encountered through her eyes and direct experiences. In this book, it was more snipits of other people's experiences or Jennifer's direct experience. Although at times entertaining, I found it took me twice as long to get through because there seemed to be a lack of connection.
I loved this trilogy. I'm glad that I chose to listen rather than read because I think that the reader's wonderful performance, with all the accents, adds so much to it. Great!
Excellent last book, although if you have a queasy stomach be prepared to skip the descriptions of how illegal abortions were performed. It is sure to leave any woman within earshot clutching their cervixes and writing effusive thank you notes to their doctors for sterilizing their equipment.
This book was a satisfying conclusion to the series. I loved learning more about the lives of the nurses and sisters, who have become like my friends after listening to the books. Entertaining and uplifting.
The entire series was enchanting. The narration was phenomenal. it was a delightful history lesson as well. I hope it is all true. Regardless the struggles and joy were well told.
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