Jasmine Hotham Hotham itibaren Sadovyy, Tulskaya oblast', Rusya, 301685
A fascinating snapshot of a time in history when the traditional, midwife was being challenged by "modern" medicine for jurisdiction over pregnancy and childbirth. I particularly enjoyed the fact that even though the focus of the book was on Dora's midwifing and her conflict with Dr. Thomas, the author also gave Dora a fully developed life with friends, family, opinions, hobbies rather than making her just a midwife.
A damn fine little book. Good characters and good setting. Not exactly exciting prose, but good story.
A good textbook. Clear, definitive, exhaustive. Cases aren't edited as much as they could be, and you're gonna need the E&E to make sense of the second half of the book, but it does everything a civil procedure textbook should.
The garden metaphor is just a teensy bit facile, but who cares when the cover art is so eye-catching? And the teachers and other high school types are convincing--and funny.
perhaps it's the way i read this book (with plenty of acting out moments), but i found this play to be beautiful in and FOR all its profound and bare honesty. If you like to study people, then this is a perfect bound piece of a subtle psychoanalysis of a man struggling...suffering...and trying to survive in a time of depression. The flashbacks intermingling with the present are so raw, yet so eloquent. You can literally hear, feel, and see what is dialogued as the story progresses. What else can be said, but "Just read it"?
This book is horrible!! I have put off writing this review because I can't say anything good about this one. I was hoping after the pretty lame book that was book 9, that this one would be redeeming. It was actually worse. Not only was the story line terrible, but the writing was bad. I had to re-read a lot because I had no idea who was talking. Also, nothing new happened until the end of the book. It just seemed to repeat what happened in the last book. Why is it that Betsy remembered everything that happened last book except the part about Sinclair being "the book"? If all of that isn't bad enough, it seemed as if all Betsy did was rattle off stupid, unoriginal one-liners throughout the entire book. It got old quick. I considered dropping the Betsy series after last book, but wanted to see how this one went first. Not sure if I will read book 11. If I keep thinking that "it couldn't be any worse than the last book", then maybe I will give this series one last, last shot, since this was supposed to be the clincher!
I get this one confused with Once Is Not Enough a lot.