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  • A small world

    Chater has constructed an intimate and revealing look into the life of a semi-independent woman in the 17th century. Her insights into the struggles, challenges and joys of both family life and the profession of midwife are lively and realistic. The role expected of all women is shown on all its inequality and calm cruelty. A very engaging story.

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  • Gulliver’s wife

    An amazing book to read that makes you think about life as a woman in the past and the inequality ; the difficult life of a single/ FIFO mother who has to relinquish all rights when her husband comes home; living with a husband who has an addiction ; the life of a midwife; the life of teenagers ; well written you feel you are there in the moment. Can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Good, but...

    As a work of historical fiction this was very well done, obviously well researched and detailed in its exploration of the life of women in London of the early eighteenth century. As a work of fiction with a relationship to Jonathan Swift's work of satire, Gulliver's Travels, the result is more equivocal. Lemuel Gulliver is almost the non-entity here that his wife is in Swift's novel; just a generic eighteenth century sailor to fill the role of mostly absent spouse whose return is very disruptive. I was left wondering why this had to be Gulliver's wife.

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