Friday, 12 January 2007

The Birth House

I am almost done reading The Birth House by Canadian author Ami McKay. I have to say - I love it. In fact, by page 9, I was in love with it.

I don't want to give too much away about this book, but I would imagine that this story would appeal to many woman, mother's in particular.

It is a fictional story set prior to, and during World War One. The main character is a woman - Dora Rare, who is trained and practices the traditional healing arts concerning women's health and child birthing practices - the way it used to be done, by women, before science ousted such practices and demonised both those who practised it and those who prefer and trusted it as a health option.

It is kind of mystical, and also explodes many of the "innocent", stuffy-coated Victorian notions of women during those times. I like that many of the female characters in this book are complex - not all, but many.

I also liked reading about the superstitions and practices of "those in the baby business" and also laughed at one supposedly scientific method to assist "hysterical" women.

I will say no more, other than to recommend all who may be interested to read it and don't forget to let me know what you think. Go on...give it a go ;)


shishyboo said...

I'll have to keep an eye out for that one.

Kathleen said...

I've ordered it up from my library...I'll let you know how I liked it.