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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
As powerful and Inspiring As The Handmaid's Tale
💜 The unnamed midwife is a beautiful character. Her strength, her bravery, her resourcefulness and her dedication are all inspirational.
🧡 Her journey is captivating. I didn't always like her - she was judgemental at times - and I don't think she would necessarily like me. But I did admire her and enjoy listening to her thoughts.
💛 There are obvious comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale and Children of Men. I'd also recommend Gather The Daughters and Vox as having similar themes. I went on to read The Book of Etta and quite enjoyed it.
SQUAWKING THE TALK
🎧 Angela Dawe is a versatile narrator and has evocative interpretations of characters. Mother Scribe was a favourite of mine and I thought the midwife herself was well voiced.
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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife
When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.
After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.
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