An omnium-gatherum of character and incident that makes little attempt at plot per se, that chronicles the behavior and...

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MERRY MIDWIFE

An omnium-gatherum of character and incident that makes little attempt at plot per se, that chronicles the behavior and response of the specialized civilization of a middle European group- in town and country- as midwife Coana Moashe is instrumental in the lives of children (now grown) whom she had delivered. It is Bogdan, in love with a married woman, for whom she is directly instrumental, in revenging the death of her son, but it is also in other lives that her influence is felt. For Coan Moashe continues her ""navel inspection"" with the next generation, keeps the households keyed up by her gastronomical demands, intimidates imported governesses and nurses, browbeats her loyal servant Cornelia, adores her repulsive dog. There is the comedy of the romantic reading she lends her clients, her brushes with her pokerplaying cronies, the passages at arms with assorted local characters... Polished complexities of boyar life, in placid terms.

Pub Date: Feb. 25, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1946