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My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel (edició 2010)

de Robin Oliveira

Sèrie: Mary Sutter (1)

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Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon, headstrong midwife Mary receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother's pleas for her to return home.
Membre:wvamary
Títol:My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel
Autors:Robin Oliveira
Informació:Viking Adult (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 384 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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My Name is Mary Sutter de Robin Oliveira

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    The March de E. L. Doctorow (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both novels show the medical side of the war, from the surgeon's and nurses points of view, albeit that the view in Mary Sutter is much grittier.
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    The Dress Lodger de Sheri Holman (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both these books reminded me of how lucky I was to be born in the latter part of the 20th Century when medicine had been so greatly improved.
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    The Widow of the South de Robert Hicks (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Gone with the Wind de Margaret Mitchell (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    The Birth House de Ami McKay (saratoga99)
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At nineteen Mary Sutter, the daughter of a midwife, is a knowledgeable midwife herself. She wants to become a surgeon but living in the mid 19th century no medical school will accept her nor can she find a surgeon who will train her. The best she can do to further her medical education is to acquire and study all of the most recent medical publications including Grey's Anatomy.

When her brother and brother-in-law enlist in the Union Army in 1861, she goes to Washington City to offer her services as a nurse. Sutter is thrown into the most grossly overcrowded, understaffed and least equipped hospital in the city, initially doing the most menial work. She eventually catches the attention of two doctors who recognize her ability and out of desperation begin to train her. Strong will and more knowledge will lead Mary to carnage on the battlefields, personal heartbreak, and deep friendships.

In Mary, Oliveira has created a strong character who recognizes and stoically faces all of the prejudices against women at the time. She has also written a realistic history of Civil War battles and the experiences of those involved. ( )
  clue | Sep 2, 2020 |
Descriptive, emotional novel of Civil War midwife wanting to be surgeon. Beautiful love story, too. Not sex, but true deep love. Gore, proximity to DC, best practices for surgeries not yet known, true to life characters. ( )
  bereanna | Apr 26, 2020 |
I was very impressed by this book. While reading it, it was obvious that Ms. Oliveira had really done her research. After just checking out her webpage at http://www.robinoliveira.com/behind-the-story.php, I am even more impressed with the amount of research she performed. This was her first book and was quite an undertaking with the level or historical information she included.

Very well written. At some times difficult to read based on the subject matter. It reminded me that we are so spoiled in this generation. There are so many before us who have truly lived through immense hardships.

I personally think this would make a wonderful movie and I look forward to any future novels that Ms. Oliveira may write. ( )
  Beth_German | Mar 28, 2020 |
Great setting - Civil War - strong woman character- just enjoyed it! ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
For such a promising premise, this book falls flat.

The book begins during pre-Civil War when the threat of the pending war is permeating everyone’s lives. Mary Sutter is a mid-wife, same as her mother, who has the ambitions of becoming a surgeon. Will she or won’t she?

The satisfying elements in this book includes the portrayal of American Civil War brutalities and its complete lack of decent medical care including the numerous amputations, and Mary Sutter’s work ethnics. The distracting elements are the love triangle between Mary and her twin sister that needlessly thread into the storyline even though they are in separate locations (get over it already!) and the inclusion of President Lincoln into the story, adding false gravitas to a story that turned out to be only a hair above chick lit. SMH.

This is possibly a three-star book but minus half a star, especially for the Lincoln passages.

Some quotes:

On grief:
“No one ever told her that grief was a leveling of all emotion, that life would stretch before you, colorless and endless, devoid of any hope.”

On slavery:
“Their slaves’ skin might be black, but it was not as black as the souls who might enslave them.”

On injured soldiers:
“This thirst is not thirst. This pain is not pain. This world is not being rent in two.
That howling is only a whisper. That screech is just a murmur. That explosion is nothing but a sigh. That musket fire is but a rustle.
I am not here. We are not here. Armies are not here. The country is not depending on this moment.
Battles are conversations. An exchange. A dialogue.
None of this is true.” ( )
  varwenea | Apr 29, 2019 |
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When they were younger, they played with the children of the laboring mother; when they were older, they hauled and boiled water, listened to birthing cries in houses high and low, becoming accustomed to joy being predicted on misery. This accounted for their assured nature; prescient, possessed, they would later feel at home anywhere and in the face of anything.
Mary unfurled was formidable and her family all knew it and, it seemed, sometimes despaired of it.
Mary inhaled the information her mother dispensed. Centuries of wisdom resided in Amelia's muscles. Often, when Mary asked questions, Amelia could not answer unless she was in the act itself, able to remember only as she performed. Instinct as textbook.
Mary could see him making the comparison, not unlike everyone else who ever heard the word twin in the presence of the two of them. The envy she thought she had mastered years ago opened inside her, swelling and pressing against her diaphragm, making it hard to breathe while she tallied which of her inadequacies stood out the most...
Life existed or did not exist based, at least in part, on the goodwill of man. Really, in the end, everything had turned out to be as simple as that. (p.353)
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Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon, headstrong midwife Mary receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother's pleas for her to return home.

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