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The Pull of the Stars: A Novel de Emma…

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel (edição: 2020)

de Emma Donoghue (Autor)

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Título:The Pull of the Stars: A Novel
Autores:Emma Donoghue (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown and Company (2020), 304 pages
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The Pull of the Stars de Emma Donoghue


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I will not recommend this book to a sensitive reader. The detailed descriptions of a maternity ward during the 1918 Influenza pandemic were very tough. Poverty, war and illness were overwhelming, and the author portrayed that in her style and her words. Pacing played a huge role in this novel. Donoghue takes the reader through harrowing days and restless nights describing the duties of one nurse in minute detail. I appreciated the glimpse into the medical world of 1918 Dublin sometimes highlighting almost barbaric procedures, but also the inventiveness of a war-like environment. She includes commentary on political conflict and describes the way post war stress (now PTSD) played out in different ways. I did feel that the ending was rushed. I would have preferred to spend more time with the characters, but I understand the author’s intent and appreciated that she stayed true to that design. ( )
  beebeereads | Jun 10, 2021 |
  chapterthree | Jun 7, 2021 |
The main character in this 1918 story of the Spanish flu in Dublin is Julia Power and she is supported by Bridie Sweeney and Dr. Kathleen Lynn. Julia is a 30 year old maternity nurse working on the maternity/influenza ward and this story takes place over a few days. It is fast paced and Julia is alone with three patients in labour or about to deliver while she also deals with their symptoms of influenza. This is a Catholic hospital so many patients are very poor, unhealthy, uneducated and at the mercy of kind or indifferent care givers.
Because she is alone, the inexperienced Bridie Sweeney, a ward of the local convent is sent over to lend a hand. She is a cheerful, helpful, and supportive partner to Julia and a friendship quickly develops. Politics comes in to play with the appearance of Dr. Lynn who abhors the treatment of the Irish population at the hands of the British government and the Catholic Church and speaks her mind. She is a great help to Julia who is doing her best to nurse her patients. The other character in the story is Tim, Julia’s brother, who has returned from the war psychologically damaged and is now mute. They live together and support each other.
The book is divided into four chapters, Red, Brown, Blue and Black which are the influenza patient’s skin colour as their health deteriorates.
The characters are well developed, the atmosphere among the staff is well told, the conditions of the hospital, patients and food are very well described and there is a happy ending. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Jun 3, 2021 |
Loved it. Interesting to read about the 1918 pandemic affecting mothers giving birth. The whole story takes place in one room and I couldn’t put the book down. As page turning and as good as her book ‘Room’ ( )
  Annievdm | May 17, 2021 |
The Pull of the Stars
By Emma Donoghue

An Atmospheric and heartbreaking story full of compassion, tragedy and hopefulness.


Nurse Julie Power is the acting matron at an understaffed hospital in the center of Dublin, Ireland. It’s 1918 and the country is currently racked by both war and influenza. Nurse Julie works in the Maternity/Fever Ward where expectant mothers who also come down with this terrible new Flu are quarantined together. She is assisted in the ward by Birdie Sweeney, a young inexperienced volunteer and by Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a Sinn Fein rebel on the run from the police. Over a period of three days these three women lose patients to the pandemic and at the same time bring new life into a treacherous world.

“You can't be a little bit dead. If you're not in the ground yet, you're one hundred per cent alive.”

“I'd never believed the future was inscribed for each of us the day we were born. If anything was written in the stars, it was we who joined those dots, and our lives were the writing.”

THE PULL OF THE STARS is an atmospheric, heartbreaking story full of tragedy, compassion and hope. The read is intense and captivating, particularly as it relates to our current unbelievable pandemic.

The main characters, Julie, Birdie and Doctor Lynn are the pillars of the story. Much like our nurses today, they are full of strength and fortitude putting their very lives at risk to serve others during a deadly pandemic. With doctors in short supply because of the war, Nurse Julie, trained as a midwife, is doing the best she can.

Written just before our pandemic, Author Emma Donoghue’s writing is profound and beautifully descriptive of a time and place that is gut-wrenching and heartbreaking, much like what we are experiencing now. She effortlessly blends the backgrounds and personal lives of these three characters with their current experiences in the maternity/fever ward. These women come alive on the page, and are full of empathy, courage and strength.

The audiobook for THE PULL OF THE STARS is narrated by Emma Lowe whose voice perfectly aligns with the story. Her pacing, tone and inflection are pitch perfect for this gripping and emotionally profound story

Author Emma Donoghue is an award-winning Irish playwright living in Canada. Her previous novels include Akin (2019), The Wonder (2016) and Room (2010) among many others.

“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. No, you’re the ones who matter right now. Attentive nurses, I mean—tender loving care, that seems to be all that’s saving lives.”

“We could always blame the stars...That’s what influenza means, she said. Influenza delle stelle—the influence of the stars. Medieval Italians thought the illness proved that the heavens were governing their fates, that people were quite literally star-crossed.”

“Nursing was like being under a spell: you went in very young and came out older than any span of years could make you.”

Publisher Little Brown and Cpompany
Published July 20, 2020
Narrated Emma Lowe
Review www.bluestockingreviews.com ( )
  LisaSHarvey | May 2, 2021 |
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