- File Size: 1077 KB
- Print Length: 383 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (May 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: May 13, 2010
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003NX7680
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Sutter was not a typical women of her day. She wanted more than a secondary place among men. She wanted to be a surgeon and was ready to bear anything to have that happen. Because of the war, she was thrust into a role she did not fight against but savored. The novel gets into real people like Dorathea Dix and Abraham Lincoln but more importantly into the every day suffering of the common soldier. She is a brave, but flawed woman who puts her own needs aside. We feel for her, and hope she finally gets to keep her dreams and be with the man she loves.
I read some of the reviews and agreed with many---but on the negative tones of some I wonder if they ever read the whole book.
It stimulates the reader to think about what attrocities of war existed and just how little medicine and technology actually existed.
One of the best pieces of historical fiction that I have read in a while. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting more information on the Civil War and the roles that women played during that time period.
Mary came from a long line of midwives. She was considered to be gifted in caring for mothers, whatever
difficulty she encountered. She surpassed even her own mother in the esteem given her by those for whom she cared.
Indeed, her mother also held her in high regard. Despite many obstacles, Mary found a way to begin to realize her dream to become a doctor, a surgeon. At that time, it was all but impossible for a woman to do more medically than become a midwife.
Through sheer stubbornness and determination she was finally accepted into a medical hospital as a nurse. Much of her work was simply menial labor. She cleaned, she did laundry, she went to markets to find what she could in the way of supplies. Food was plain and spare. Somehow she found time to not only do these things, but give the soldiers in her care gentle aid and true compassion. A doctor finally realized how valuable she was and began to give her what training he could under the circumstances.
This book is filled with tragedy and horror, as you would expect of a story that takes place during wartime. But this is tempered by love and passion.
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