PDF NEW The Pull of the Stars ½ Emma Donoghue

  • Hardcover
  • 295
  • The Pull of the Stars
  • Emma Donoghue
  • English
  • 27 October 2019
  • 9780316499019

Emma Donoghue ☆ 4 Read

The Pull of the Stars Read ☆ 104 In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are uarantined together Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders Doctor Kathle. Here we are in the golden age of medicine making such great strides against rabies typhoid fever diphtheria and a common or garden influenza is beating us hollow Serious uestion were there always this many books about pandemics Is this like one of those things where you learn about something you d never heard of before and then suddenly it s EVERYWHERE Because I keep reading these books that were written pre COVID and pandemics seem to be stalking meAnyway I really liked this understated exploration of healthcare illness maternity and all kinds of power abuses The Pull of the Stars is set in Ireland in 1918 It s a book that goes a lot deeper than you may first expect It takes place over only a few days and barely moves outside of the single room in which Nurse Julia Power cares for those who are pregnant and in uarantine It was a surprisingly emotional journey following Julia through her day as a nurse trying to keep fevers down and despair at bay Trying against horrendous odds to deliver healthy living babiesThe 1918 influenza was a devastating pandemic Even as people were killing each other on the battlefields of the First World War an even deadly killer was spreading from person to person through love kindness touch Here Donaghue brings a uniuely Irish perspective to the time With the combination of aversion to contraception the social pressure to churn out babies upwards of ten was the norm sexual abuses in religious institutions and Magdalene laundries a maternal mortality rate of 15% AND the pandemic this was a terrible time and place to be a woman and pregnantNurse Power sees mothers trying and failing to give birth to their twelfth child because their bodies can t take any She sees young victims of sexual abuse terrified as they are forced to give birth to the babies of the male relatives who raped them She sees the fallen women of Magdalene laundries forced to give up their babies She sees abuse victims who are afraid to get better and leave the hospital I found myself wondering who d put us all in the hands of these old men in the first place It may seem like the whole story takes place in one small room but much of the horror that happens there is rooted in far reaching abuses of power religious hypocrisy and social policy In the early twentieth century many people really did believe that class was genetic and passed from parent to child so the doctors in this book dismiss the infants of poor working class people literally from the minute they are bornI would definitely recommend it if you can stomach the gore and the mentions of abuseincest all off page I liked that the author wove a lot of historical fact with her fiction including the character of Kathleen Lynn who I was unfamiliar with The only thing I didn t love is how the romantic subplot seemed to come flying in out of nowhere with no romantic chemistry suggested beforehand but it was such a small part of what s going on in this book that I didn t mind very muchFacebook Instagram

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The Pull of the Stars Read ☆ 104 Shepherd new life into a fearful world With tireless tenderness and humanity carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work In The Pull of the Stars Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odd. NOW AVAILABLE Vita gloriosa vita Life glorious life There s an aura throughout this story that is somewhat bleak while at the same time gripping in the dangers the then fairly recent uprising that occurred Easter 1916 WWI the conditions these people face during the 1918 pandemic something that we have all recently become too familiar with There s also so much tender consideration kindness from this nurse and her young charge that comes to assist the ward where Julia Power works the Maternity Fever ward designated for those women with the flu who are separated from the healthy maternity patients Along with that some lovely writing tooJulia is a nurse nearing her 30th birthday and when she arrives at work that morning she s informed that she will be in charge for the day of this newly formed ward and that the other nurse scheduled is missing in action with two expectant as well as sick mothers in her care one having died during the previous night s shift And while no assistant is promised one eventually appears Bridie Sweeney Bridie is a delight a wonderful addition both to Julia and to the reader as she brings much light to this story A young woman who isn t uite sure of her age having been left in one of the Catholic convents she s known little of the world and nothing about love the only treatment she s had at the hands of the nuns has not been kind Bridie shares her story little by little with Julia Julia being a kind hearted woman cringes a bit at how unflinchingly Bridie shares the trauma she s endured but opens her heart to her in the process of getting to know her and begins to look forward to her company This relationship adds so much light that s so needed in such a dark time But there s so much to this story than I could tell you in a few short paragraphs So many of the small details of this might seem too conveniently placed the lack of disinfectant the having to make do with other medical necessities normally available the signs that seem to echo those of our current times but Donoghue began writing this story in October of 2018 long before this pandemic we are all living through began So many similarities the shops closed companies that appear to be deserted A changed world from the one they knew all that and in addition they were still dealing with the repercussions of the war that only ended in November of that year Families with losses from both the war and the pandemicWhile I haven t read all of her books I ve read a few others by her Room Frog Music and The Wonder and I have to say that out of all of those that I think that she s outdone herself with this one as much as I enjoyed loved the others There is so much tenderness in the way these characters are shown and so much compassion in how this story is shared it served as a lovely reminder that there still is love tenderness and compassion in this world Pub Date 21 Jul 2020Many thanks for the ARC provided by Little Brown and Company

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The Pull of the Stars Read ☆ 104 En Lynn a rumoured Rebel on the run from the police and a young volunteer helper Bridie SweeneyIn the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward over three days these women change each other's lives in unexpected ways They lose patients to this baffling pandemic but they also. Dublin 1918 the world is being ravaged by the Spanish flu influenza Men are returning from the war damaged changed Julia is an almost thirty single woman living with her brother who cannot or will not speak She is also a nurse which is one of the only decent employment available to women Her hospital is beseiged by flu cases and her ward is one that handles the flu in those that are also pregnant Staff so short she is alone in charge handling what can only be described as our present ICU Supplies snd medicines are scarce Sound familiarSince she is alone Julia is assigned a young untrained girl to be her runner Bridie lives with the sisters nuns who have little mercy for orphans or so called fallen women Few available doctor s has the hospital allowing a woman doctor Kathleen Lynn who is wanted by the police for taking part in protests Over three days these women will come to mean alot to each otherMedicine was so primitive there was little that could be done The accuracy in the writing the details pull one right in and immerses them in this desperate time frame Reminded me of a darker Call if the Midwives though these sisters were not the kind ones of Nautilus House Dr Katherine Lynn was a real person as is detailed in the authors note as are many of the historical detailsA sad time chronicling the terrible times in the past parallel to the time happening now Our medicines and capabilities are better but still we are at present held hostage by a virusARC from Edelweiss