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I thought this book would be a historical novel about the changing role of nurses just after World War One and into the 1920s. The story is a tale of Edda, Grace Heather (Tufts) and Katherine (Kitty) two sets of twins. The story is set in the imagined Australian country town of Corunda. The novel underlines several of McCullough’s enormous strengths as a writer—superbly deft characterization, multiple plots that move apace, a warmth and generosity in the telling and dialogue sharp and at times funny.
The story starts in a country hospital, nurses and sisterly friendship. In those days a women’s was limited in a career choice. She could get married, be a teacher, a nun or a nurse. The four girls are educated and start a new three year nursing program to become an R. N. Australia has just adopted the new system requiring nurses to be educated and licensed. Edda wanted to be a physician but has to settle for a nurse. The story’s attraction is the dissection of Australian society during the great depression and the detailed exposure of sex discrimination and feminist struggles in the Australian style.
The book had my attention in the beginning with descriptions of the hospital and nursing techniques but unfortunately for me the book turned into a romance novel. I am not a fan of romance novels.
Colleen McCullough is Australia’s most successful author. She lives on Norfolk Island. I enjoyed her book “Thorn Birds” and her series on ancient Rome. Cat Gould did a good job narrating the book.
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Her story-telling is amazing along with the superb historical background to make an excellent reading.
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