The Birth of Love

The Birth of Love From The Winner Of The Orange Award For New Writers, An Epic Novel Of Childbirth Past, Present, And Future The Year Is 1865 In Vienna, Dr Ignasz Semmelweiss Has Been Hounded Into An Asylum By His Medical Peers, Ridiculed For His Claim That Doctors Unwashed Hands Are The Root Cause Of Childbed Fever In Present Day London, Bridget Hughes Juggles Her Young Son, Husband, And Mother As She Plans Her Home Birth, Unprepared For The Trial She Is About To Endure Somewhere In 2135, In A World Where Humans Are Birthed And Raised In Breeding Farms, Prisoner 730004 Is On Trial For Concealing A Pregnancy.Through Three Stories Spanning Centuries, Acclaimed Novelist Joanna Kavenna Explores The Most Basic Plight Of Women, From The Slaughterhouse Of Primitive Medicine To A Futurisic Vision Of Technological Oppression Poised At The Midpoint Is Bridget, Whose Fervent Belief In The Wisdom Of Nature Is Tested In One Of The Most Gripping Accounts Of Labor To Appear In Fiction.Original, Powerful, And Played Out Against A Vast Canvas, The Birth Of Love Is At Once A Novel About The Creation Of Human Life, Science And Faith, Madness And Compromise, And The Epic Journey Of Motherhood. An intriguing and original novel of ideas, with childbirth at its centre There are four strands to this story, and the first two thirds of the book tells them in alternate long chapters The first is based on the true story of Ignaz Semmelweis, a nineteenth century Hungarian doctor who discovered that the deadly epidemics of puerperal sepsis childbed fever in the maternity
I really was not a fan of this Though I thought the physical writing was not bad, the actual stories completely failed to grasp me, aside from the futuristic one which was not developed nearly enough If the entire book had been about the prisoners, with only a few mentions of how the other stories may have related, then I may actually have enjoyed reading The Birth of Love It really didn t help that the meticulously described account of an incredibly painful and distressing labour not only to I really was not a fan of this Though I thought the physical writing was not bad, the actual stories completely failed to grasp me, aside from the futuristic one which was not developed nearly enough If the entire book had been about the prisoners, with only a few mentions of how the other stories may have related, then I may actually have enjoyed reading The Birth of Love It really didn t help that the meticulously described account of an
Firstly, a huge congrats to the author, Joanna Kavenna The Birth of Love is on the 2011 Orange Prize Longlist You can view the entire list HEREThe Birth of Love involves four stories entwined into one stunner of a novel One of the most original novels I have read recently, it s scary, thought provoking and powerful Part dystopia, part historical fiction and overall, a celebration of motherhood through the centuries Despite some flaws, it s a very memorable book.In 1865 Vienna, Professor Se Firstly, a huge congrats to the author, Joanna Kavenna The Birth of Love is on the 2011 Orange Prize Longlist You can view the entire list HER
I m giving this book a generous rating of two stars as an average Broken into two pairs of loosely related stories, the book in its entirety deals with the processes of birth Three of the stories deal specifically with childbirth and one of them with the birthing process of artistic creation, as an author struggles with the aftermath of having published one of the other stories in the book Incidentally, the book that the fictional writer had just published was my favorite of the four storie I m giv
I can t recall how I came across this book but I m glad I did 4 stories all involving childbirth and or love loss The story of a Dr in 19th century Vienna that goes insane while trying to convince doctors to wash their hands before examining women during child birth the modern day reclusive author who is writing the story of this Viennese doctor the modern day woman in London giving birth at home and finally the future story, where there are only egg and sperm donors the stories only inter I can t recall how I came across this book but I m glad I did 4 stories all involving childbirth and or love loss The story of a Dr in 19th century Vienna that goes insane while trying to convince doctors to wash their hands before examining women during child birth the modern day reclusive author who is writing the story of this Viennese doctor the modern da
While each of the voices and narratives was interesting at the beginning, nothing actually happened in any of them, and the predominant note of each one was repetition and moodthan narrative The book
One of my new favorite writers However, her description of giving birth did not endear me to the process of expelling a baby from my nether regions Great writing, though, and inventive cross cutting between stories. This book takes the reader into the lives of four main characters in different places and at different times In Vienna in 1865 a doctor is locked up in a mental asylum after discovering that women are dying in childbirth due to inadequate handwashing techniques In the present day Michael has written the story of this same Doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis, and it has become his first published book But he is struggling to come to terms with how this has affected his life and he is forced
The Birth of Love is not one story, but a series of interwoven stories onethan the synopsis would seem to suggest They are interwoven in such a way as to make it hard to discern which is intended to be truly happening and which to be fabrication.A novelist, estranged from his family, produces a fictional book on Ignaz Semmelweis The release of this book is intertwined with his strained relationship with his ageing mother.An amateur psychologist visits Semmelweis the savior of The Birth of Love is not one story, but a series of interwoven stories onethan the synopsis would seem to suggest They are interwoven in such a way as to make it hard to discern which is intended to be truly happening and which to be fabrication.A novelist, estranged from his family, produces a fictional book on Ignaz Semmelweis The release of this book is intertwined with his strained relationship with his ageing mother.An amateur psychologist visits Semmelweis the savior of mothers in his asylum and writes a letter about what he witnesses It would appear that this part of the quartet is an excerpt from the novelist s book A heavily pregnant woman named Brigid listens to the radio as her second labour begins In the background Talk about the novelist s book.In a futuristic society where reprodu
I loved her first book The Ice Museum and while not having read Inglorious, saw this the library, so brought it home.I liked her writing style, and the ideas of portraying the changes in thought surrounding childbirth were interestingly depicted, yet it did not grip me It felt too disengaged or flat, not warmly inviting which sounds weird but I would not necessarily recommend it to my friends Also the birthing process was vividly but distressingly presented On the whole, disappointing desp I loved her first book The Ice Museum and while not having read Inglorious, saw this the library, so brought it home.I liked her writing style, and the ideas of portraying the changes in thought surrounding childbirth were interestingly depicte

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Birth of Love
  • Joanna Kavenna
  • English
  • 15 October 2017
  • 0805091548