Jan 16, 2022
The Birth of Love
Posted by Joanna Kavenna

[PDF] The Birth of Love | by ↠ Joanna Kavenna, The Birth of Love, Joanna Kavenna, The Birth of Love Vienna Dr Ignaz Semmelweis has been hounded into a lunatic asylum ridiculed for his claim that doctors unwashed hands are the root cause of childbed fever The deaths of thousands of mothers are on his conscience and his dreams are filled with blood humans are birthed and raised in breeding centres nurtured by strangers and deprived of familial love MiraculVienna Dr [PDF] The Birth of Love | by ↠ Joanna Kavenna - The Birth of Love, The Birth of Love Vienna Dr Ignaz Semmelweis has been hounded into a lunatic asylum ridiculed for his claim that doctors unwashed hands are the root cause of childbed fever The deaths of thousands of mothers are o

  • Title: The Birth of Love
  • Author: Joanna Kavenna
  • ISBN: 9780571245185
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
[PDF] The Birth of Love | by ↠ Joanna Kavenna, The Birth of Love, Joanna Kavenna, The Birth of Love Vienna Dr Ignaz Semmelweis has been hounded into a lunatic asylum ridiculed for his claim that doctors unwashed hands are the root cause of childbed fever The deaths of thousands of mothers are on his conscience and his dreams are filled with blood humans are birthed and raised in breeding centres nurtured by strangers and deprived of familial love MiraculVienna Dr

[PDF] The Birth of Love | by ↠ Joanna Kavenna - The Birth of Love, The Birth of Love Vienna Dr Ignaz Semmelweis has been hounded into a lunatic asylum ridiculed for his claim that doctors unwashed hands are the root cause of childbed fever The deaths of thousands of mothers are o


An intriguing and original novel of ideas, with childbirth at its centre There are four strands to this story, and the first two thirds of the book tells them in alternate long chapters The first is based on the true story of Ignaz Semmelweis, a nineteenth century Hungarian doctor who discovered that the deadly epidemics of puerperal sepsis childbed fever in the maternity wards of the day were transmitted by doctors hands, and could be prevented by handwashing His ideas were rejected by colleagu [...]

Arielle Walker

I really was not a fan of this Though I thought the physical writing was not bad, the actual stories completely failed to grasp me, aside from the futuristic one which was not developed nearly enough If the entire book had been about the prisoners, with only a few mentions of how the other stories may have related, then I may actually have enjoyed reading The Birth of Love It really didn t help that the meticulously described account of an incredibly painful and distressing labour not only took [...]


Firstly, a huge congrats to the author, Joanna Kavenna The Birth of Love is on the 2011 Orange Prize Longlist You can view the entire listHEREThe Birth of Love involves four stories entwined into one stunner of a novel One of the most original novels I have read recently, it s scary, thought provoking and powerful Part dystopia, part historical fiction and overall, a celebration of motherhood through the centuries Despite some flaws, it s a very memorable book.In 1865 Vienna, Professor Semmelwei [...]

Celeste Noelani McLean

I m giving this book a generous rating of two stars as an average Broken into two pairs of loosely related stories, the book in its entirety deals with the processes of birth Three of the stories deal specifically with childbirth and one of them with the birthing process of artistic creation, as an author struggles with the aftermath of having published one of the other stories in the book Incidentally, the book that the fictional writer had just published was my favorite of the four stories and [...]


I can t recall how I came across this book but I m glad I did 4 stories all involving childbirth and or love loss The story of a Dr in 19th century Vienna that goes insane while trying to convince doctors to wash their hands before examining women during child birth the modern day reclusive author who is writing the story of this Viennese doctor the modern day woman in London giving birth at home and finally the future story, where there are only egg and sperm donors the stories only intersect o [...]


While each of the voices and narratives was interesting at the beginning, nothing actually happened in any of them, and the predominant note of each one was repetition and mood than narrative The book s ideas were schematic than woven into the plot In particular, the sci fi plot seemed totally half hearted as narrative yet polemical and also annoyingly written we get the point family is a bad word in 2153 Disappointing.


One of my new favorite writers However, her description of giving birth did not endear me to the process of expelling a baby from my nether regions Great writing, though, and inventive cross cutting between stories.

Ally Atherton

This book takes the reader into the lives of four main characters in different places and at different times In Vienna in 1865 a doctor is locked up in a mental asylum after discovering that women are dying in childbirth due to inadequate handwashing techniques In the present day Michael has written the story of this same Doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis, and it has become his first published book But he is struggling to come to terms with how this has affected his life and he is forced to re examine wh [...]


The Birth of Love is not one story, but a series of interwoven stories one than the synopsis would seem to suggest They are interwoven in such a way as to make it hard to discern which is intended to be truly happening and which to be fabrication.A novelist, estranged from his family, produces a fictional book on Ignaz Semmelweis The release of this book is intertwined with his strained relationship with his ageing mother.An amateur psychologist visits Semmelweis the savior of mothers in his as [...]


I loved her first book The Ice Museum and while not having read Inglorious, saw this the library, so brought it home.I liked her writing style, and the ideas of portraying the changes in thought surrounding childbirth were interestingly depicted, yet it did not grip me It felt too disengaged or flat, not warmly inviting which sounds weird but I would not necessarily recommend it to my friends Also the birthing process was vividly but distressingly presented On the whole, disappointing despite my [...]


I picked this up off the Hot New Titles shelf at the library This is a book I definitely judged by the cover A silhouette of a pregnant woman and the word birth in the title Totally up my alley, right Wrong This was a strange story with four different plots weakly woven together by poorly developed characters The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is that I actually did make it through the entire thing, which is worth a star all its own.


This is really, really good It reminded me a bit of Cloud Atlas in that is interweaves several stories , but I think this is better I found the link between the stories in Cloud Atlas a bit forced.


This was quite an ambitious and creative novel that told four linked stories on the theme of birth, a theme seldom explored in literature Each of the stories in their own was interesting My favourite was the contemporary one of Brigid, opting for a home birth It describes nearly all birthing options in detail as she proceeds from natural labour at home, to epidural in the hospital and finally to emergency C section The accounts of each, while detailed are not too graphic either which I would not [...]


Despite the fact that it is surely one of the most important events in a person s life, as far as I know there aren t very many novels written about the actual experience of giving birth Often it s a thing that happens in a book for plot reasons, or it is portrayed as a momentous occasion that s soon over and rarely dwelled upon in detail This book is quite different to all that, and for that reason alone I think it s worth reading It s ambitious, unusual, sad, affecting, occasionally quite funn [...]


urk what a missed opportunityis book is all about birth past, present, and future it s a vastly underexplored part of the human experience in literature in most books babies appear off stage, as it were there s some literature about the aftermath new mom baby experiences but these tend either toward the overly sunny isn t baby great to the grisly baby is a horror of time suck still, not much out there about birth itselfe first of three parts of this book examines the madness of a doctor male who [...]


Considering the fact that birth is kind of significant to this little thing we call human existence, there is a surprisingly small number of novels on the subject When birth has been included as a major plot point in fiction, it usually means one of two things the woman in question either got knocked up by someone unfortunate or she is about to die And sometimes it s a combination of the two This dearth of literature about maternity is probably related to the fact that most novels published thro [...]


Woah This is a weird one It is well written and the urgency of tone forced me to power through, even though the characters weren t that gripping I m not sure what to make of the fact that the jacket write up talks about 3 perspectives, when there are actually 4 There are lots of complicated details I d have to reread the book in order to work out Several mother characters authority issues alienation lack of mental control due to drugs, drink or exhaustion Each of the characters seemed so alienat [...]


First Line The year is 1865 and Ignaz Semmelweis is dragged along the corridor though he struggles violently, kicks and shouts I read this in conjunction with a biography of Semmelweis, the man who first discovered that the disease called Childbed Fever was contagious and that epidemics of the diease in hospitals were caused by doctors dissecting corpses and then examining women in labor and that it could be stopped by washing hands, although his discovery was completely disregarded for several [...]

Jason Furman

One of the characters in The Birth of Love says, Men are unlikely to read a book about childbirth It s unfortunate, but there s not much to be done And by the time I had finished the book I wondered if that sentence shouldn t also apply to women.This novel contains four interrelated and alternating stories one set in Vienna in 1865, two set in the present one about a pregnant woman giving birth and one about the writer of the first story , and finally a story set in 2153, which we learn is about [...]


Highly conceptual, but lacking in follow through, The Birth of Love takes you through stories of childbirth in the past, present, and future.First thoughts I love the parallel narratives across different times it keeps me from getting bored with one story line.Recommended for I think this book ended up being Not For Me, which isn t to say it s not for anyone else maybe mothers or parents who have actually gone through childbirth Those interested in the social and historical implications of child [...]

Shahad Abdullah

I really loved this book although it was not what I expected it to be at all The vivid emotions described in it really moved me, especially since I have never read anything that portrayed maternity, and this was a whole novel that is dedicated for that sole purpose.It is set on 3 time periods, the past, the present and the future It had some real facts when the narrative was in the past, which is something I quite enjoyed, but I disliked the present the plot was a bit weak since it was only a de [...]

gwen g

Really cool concept, with three separate strands of stories one over 100 years ago, about a doctor in a lunatic asylum one in present day, about a mother giving birth to her second child one far in the future, about escapees from a society that controls childbirth I loved the way the stories connected, but they all felt a little flat and disengaged The concept was better than the writing Still, a quick read, good for a long airplane ride.

Jade Lopert

So, I really wanted to like this The concept of the three faces of Brigid as the basis for past, present and future is fantastic The tie in between the four stories is interesting.At the end of the day though, I just couldn t get into it Just not my cup of tea on the writing style I couldn t get into the flow of the story for some reason I very much think this could be an amazing read for someone else though.

Christine Morton

four stories in one, but the best is the account of Ignaz Semmelweis after he is institutionalized for daring to promote his views that fellow physicians were the cause of childbed fever by not washing their hands between cadaver and laboring women checks the chapter on the modern London woman anticipating labor is also very good the book s other two stories are less compelling and weakly connected to the core.

Buried In Print

This review was deleted following s purchase of GoodReads The review can still be viewed via LibraryThing, where my profile can be found here.I m also in the process of building a database at Booklikes, where I can be found here.If you read liked clicked through to see this review here on GR, many thanks.

Elizabeth Moffat

This is a really interesting book to review Its a few stories that are all inter linked by the subject of mothers and birth I did enjoy two stories than the others, hence the three star rating Also, as someone without children at the moment, some parts were incredibly scary hope I m not put off for life joke


I was intrigued that this book was set 100 years ago, today, and years into the future However, I found the number of characters confusing and I struggled to connect with one specific I didn t feel as though the resolution was satisfactory either On a positive note, I enjoyed analyzing it later though I would have enjoyed it with an English teacher.

Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

Probably one tough book that I could finish don t get me wrong, I am talking about the quality of the book is really high for me There are four different narratives which are linked to the main theme Till the last page the book is interesting.


After a lively discussion about the book and my realization that I originally rated it based on my dislike for the whiny, neurotic characters and a portion of Sci Fi which I detest, I am upgrading my rating to reflect that there actually was to this book than I was able to see at first read.


A good premise but poorly written The title of misleading,and the story is dark The 3 different story lines minimally fit together and parts are very contrived Would not recommend this book to anyone.

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