Didn't get too far into it but I realised it was about another pandemic and we are still in the midst of one, it was something I didn't feel I wanted to read as this time.
Will try again when we are feeing more positive and have emerged…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 18, 2021LauraSteinert rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
The copy I got had unbelievable small print--as if the whole thing was made on a copier set to reduce by 50%. The story--although a historical story--seemed so dated it was hard to concentrate. Did people really talk like that 90 years…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 15, 2021MaggieBeans rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Wasn't sure what to expect since I only heard this title was good and didn't know what it was about. I was thrilled to find it was set in Ireland WW1. As I read it I kept wondering what was going to happen, what big thing was coming…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 10, 202121221018293347 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Another good novel by a great author, and quite timely at this time of Covid. The main character, Julia Power, is interesting and compassionate. Setting:
a maternity ward for women suffering from the 1918 influenza.
The story…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 28, 2021dawnclinton rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I liked the book very much. I, too, found lack of quotation marks confusing at times. I wish the homosexuality element had not been added. It was unnecessary to the story, in my opinion, and tarnished the story for me.
This novel was an ideal introduction to understanding the pandemic as it affected us in 2020. The circumstances reflect the change in technology and ways we could deal with things 100 years later. Had the book been published about a year…Read moreRead more of this comment
Three days in a small cramped maternity fever ward in Dublin Ireland during 1918 war and flu. Well written and well researched, but a bit too much graphic description of difficult births for me, at times I lost the theme of the…Read moreRead more of this comment
Feb 22, 2021BlueHippo rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Great book. I don’t say this often, but I really could hardly put it down. The characters are all so well developed and the relationships so true to any one’s life. Add in the fact that one of the characters was a real person (Dr. Kathleen…Read moreRead more of this comment
Feb 09, 2021OPL_Cvana rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
In this woeful fiction, one character -- Dr. Kathleen Lynn -- is based on a real-life hero. Celtic Life International calls Lynn "one of the great Irish humanitarians of the 20th century." This tale offers a slice of post war-time life…Read moreRead more of this comment
Feb 08, 2021tinlou rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
"The public is urged to stay out of public places such as cafes, theatres, cinemas and public houses. See only those persons one needs to see. Refrain from shaking hands, laughing or chatting closely together...if in doubt, don't stir…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 18, 2021JulieCronk rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I loved this book. I loved the details about caring for patients in a short-staffed hospital, about childbirth, and about the attitudes toward the mothers in the ward. It is fascinating treatment of the influenza of 1918, pregnancy,…Read moreRead more of this comment
Fascinating novel set over a brief 3 days, but provided a huge amount of detail. Highlighted the Spanish Flu, class differences that made no impact among the maternity ward but played a great role among the staff, and the sins of the Irish…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 06, 2021sgcf rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Set in 1918 Dublin during the Spanish Flu pandemic, Donoghue presents a fast-paced look at three days in a tiny maternity ward where delivering mothers also have the flu. Yet we also get an authentic sense of the gritty ambience of…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 22, 2020BeckyR21 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Wow. Emma Donoghue can write. Every book is so well done, and so different from her other novels. A true gem.
The lack of quotation marks takes a bit to get used to, but it is worth sticking with it. The ending, as many have noted, is a…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 01, 2020atchfive rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is another fine work from this author but unlikely to be something that everyone can read. It just might be too real and hit close to home in our November 2020 reality. I thoroughly enjoyed the details of nursing in a 1918 maternity…Read moreRead more of this comment