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Farewell To The East End [Format Kindle]

Jennifer Worth
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The third and final book in the bestselling CALL THE MIDWIFE series, soon to be a major BBC TV series.

This final book in Jennifer Worth's memories of her time as a midwife in London's East end brings her story full circle. As always there are heartbreaking stories such as the family devastated by tuberculosis and a ship's woman who 'serviced' the entire crew, as well as plenty of humour and warmth, such as the tale of two women who shared the same husband! Other stories cover backstreet abortions, the changing life of the docklands, infanticide, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of Nonnatus House.

We discover what happens with the gauche debutant Chummy and her equally gauche policeman; will Sister Monica Joan continue her life of crime? Will Sister Evangelina ever crack a smile? And what of Jennifer herself? The book not only details the final years of the tenements but also of Jennifer's journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new path.

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Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berk-shire Hospital in Reading, and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband, Philip; two daughters; and three grandchildren. Her books have all been bestsellers in England.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Suite et fin, très agréable 10 juin 2013
Par Ilse
Après "Call the Midwife" et "Shadows of the Workhouse", ce troisième livre raconte ces quelques anecdotes qui ont accompagnés l'auteur dans les docks des années '50. Il peut se lire indépendamment des deux autres mais j'étais quand-même contente d'avoir lu au moins le premier livre. "Farewell to the East End" est un peu moins fourni que le premier volume mais les histoires sont un peu plus personnelles, un peu plus intimes je trouve.

Beaucoup de tendresse mélangée à la violence que peut apporter la vie d'une jeune sage femme qui découvre la vie dans les bas-quartiers de Londres avant l'arrivée de la pilule. La découverte de la spiritualité, l'avortement, les combats de rues, la prostitution enfantine,...

Magnifique clôture de cet unique témoignage!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Farewell to the East End 25 août 2013
Par sophie
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This is a great book!!! It is so human and warm!!! If you like her other books, you will definitely love this one too!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Farewell to the East End 26 septembre 2012
Par Afternoon Attic Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
This memoir, much like the first in this trilogy, includes midwife and nurse's stories from London's East End. Many of the stories in this volume are arranged to highlight certain health issues of the day (twins/triplets, infanticide, tuberculosis, abortion), and include accompanying statistics and historical information. It is also worth noting that some of the stories included are of a bit more seedy nature than those included in the first two volumes, but I felt they were tastefully presented and the people therein were depicted with dignity. Happily, the last few chapters let you know what happened to all the nurses and nuns that you have come to know throughout the three volumes in this series. Wonderful series!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great Jennifer Worth story 7 octobre 2012
Par Carolyn Rollings - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book follows on from the first one 'Call the Midwife' and is just as fascinating to read. I was sorry to come to the end of the book and wished that it had been longer. As I was born in 1940, the 1950's time frame of these books was relevant to me although I grew up in Australia, not London. We did have our fair share of midwifery problems I suppose, but few would have compared with the wives and mothers of the East End just after the war. Living sometimes in the most abject poverty in unhealthy and unsanitary conditions these women excelled. Being in the time when the man of the family never got involved with 'women's issues' these women, sometimes with ten or more children living in just two or three rooms with no inside plumbing or cooking facilities would help each other. In time of crisis neighbour would help neighbour, mother would help daughter. I recommend this book, especially if you can relate to the era, as it brings home just how folk lived in the East End of London. The close-knit community spirit was destroyed once the area was demolished and the inhabitants re-housed in other areas further away.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I finished the trilogy wanting more! 6 septembre 2012
Par Elizabeth - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I finished the last book in the series like I was farewelling old friends. The character development is a work of genius and I loved each one of them I was reduced to tears and uplifted and inspired at other times. Loved these books.Not only was I enthralled by Jenny's stpory but she taught me much historical background and laws that I was unaware of. Inspirational work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Darker and more factual than the first two books, but I still paid it the ultimate compliment a reader can give 24 mars 2013
Par Nina M. Osier - Publié sur Amazon.com
London's East End as midwife Jennifer Lee knew it no longer exists, thanks to social engineering and urban renewal policies that condemned the tenements and relocated the families who had called the East End home for generations. The Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus, an Anglican convent dedicated to nursing and midwifery, found themselves no longer needed as the population they had served for so long went elsewhere - however unwillingly - and then "the pill" made it possible for women to control their fertility, at last. The birth rate dropped dramatically, and the sisters withdrew to their mother house and found new ways to serve. But during the last years of the East End, Nonnatus House was still there; and so were its young midwives, nurses who came there to be trained and who sometimes stayed to fulfill a religious vocation. While others, young women like Jenny Lee, moved on to other stages of their lives and careers - and some, like Chummy (familiar to readers of the trilogy's first two books, as well as to viewers of the PBS series), moved on to fulfill their religious callings elsewhere.

This third and final installment in Jennifer Lee Worth's memoirs is darker than the first two, as a way of life moves toward its close. It's also more factual, with a chapter telling a family's story (usually a tragic one) followed by a chapter-length essay about the medical/social problem involved. I found this less engaging and enjoyable than the author's storytelling in the first two books, but it is effective in its own way; and it does seem to be well researched. Toward the book's end, Chummy takes center stage with her delightful romance and fulfillment of a destiny quite different from what her aristocratic family intended. After that comes the close of Sister Monica Joan's long and eccentric life, and an epilogue that tells the reader what became of each of Jenny's friends from Nonnatus House.

Riveting, is the word I'll use for this one. No, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two books; but I couldn't put it down and go to sleep, either. Finished it at 2 a.m.!

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of "Love, Jimmy: A Maine Veteran's Longest Battle"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 LOVE IT 4 juin 2013
Par Trudy goetting - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I saw the whole series on TV, and now want to read the books.

I am a nurse and worked in the ER at Cook County Hospital

in Chicago and Infant Welfare in a housing project.in

Chicago during the 1950's. i could really relate to the story.

It is a heart warming story of caring and dedication to work

in places of need and difficulty. Yet, very rewarding to get to

know about the heart and souls of all people.
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