Skip to main content

Book Review: Birth by A J Cronin

Birth is a short story taken from the novel ‘The Citadel’. In this story, we see that Andrew Manson has come out of the medical school recently and working as an assistant to Dr. Edward Page. The story takes place in Blaenelly, a small Welsh mining town.


Around midnight Andrew meets Joe Morgan at Bryngower, where the latter was waiting for him for over an hour. Joe Morgan and his wife Susan Morgan are childless for over twenty years. Tonight Susan Morgan is expected to deliver a child and Andrew has to perform the task. They both begin walking homewards. When they reach, Joe Morgan refuses to come inside and says that he trusts him that things inside will be fine.

Andrew goes inside the small apartment in which other than basic furniture nothing is of substantial value. He goes upstairs and finds Susan on a bed, beside her bed standing midwife and her seventy-year-old mother. Andrew realizes that there is still time for the procedure to start. Mrs. Morgan’s mother fears that the doctor may go back, thus to involve him into waiting she offers him tea. Andrew assures the old lady that he will not go back until the procedure is done.

The old lady says that Susan has said no to chloroform as it may harm the child. To this Andrew replies that it’s totally harmless to both. Around 3.30 A.M., the labour pain starts, and then Andrew and the midwife start working together. Soon after the delivery of a stillborn child, the condition of Susan deteriorates. The child is very important to Morgan couple and Susan’s mother has emphasized the importance of the same to Andrew before the procedure. Caught between dilemma, Andrew feels the oppression of the situation and feels he cannot fail as he bears an indispensable responsibility towards the parents and the stillborn child. Andrew quickly rushes to stabilize the situation of Susan. After doing that he comes back to the child. The midwife has already put the child under the bed thinking it dead. Andrew pulls out the child, the whiteness of the child confirms the state of Pallida – a kind of respiratory problem. This case reminds him of previous experiment in Samaritan.

He orders two bowls of water, one with cold and another with mild hot. He puts the child in a blanket and dips it alternatively in both the bowls of water. This activity is bizarre for the old lady and midwife. The old lady is praying and midwife watches him in consternation. Next, Andrew rubs the puny chest of the child and then the ambiance fills with the sudden surge of life as the child cries out. Andrew heaves a sigh of happiness and goes down to drink water in the scullery. He then goes out and assures Joe everything is fine. This event changed his medical life’s course and he is proud to do something meaningful in his life.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Among all Ruskin Bond books, The Blue Umbrella has, so far, gathered immense applaud from readers and critics alike.  This is a short novel, but the kind of moral lessons it teaches to us are simply overwhelming. This is a story of Binya, a poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home, she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is enthralled to see them well-groomed and rich. She craves to be one like them and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills. Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella. The blue umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation fo

Poem Summary: Where The Mind Is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore

Poem by Rabindranath Tagore: Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. Short Summary: This poem is written by Rabindranath Tagore during pre-independence days, when India was a colony of the British. The underlying theme of the poem is absolute freedom; the poet wants the citizens of his country to be living in a free state. According to the poem, we see that the poet is expressing his views there should be a country, like where people live without any sort of fear and with pure dignity…they should

Character Sketch of Binya from ‘The Blue Umbrella’ by Ruskin Bond

The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond is a popular children’s story. It features Binya as the main character, though there are other important characters as well, but the story revolves around Binya and her little beautiful umbrella. The story is widely popular among children, thus it has also been included in the schools’ syllabus all across the country. Since it is often taught in the school, thus the character sketch of Binya is often demanded by students from year to year. Character Sketch of Binya from The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond Binya is the main character of the novel ‘The Blue Umbrella’ by Ruskin Bond. Her full name is Binyadevi. As in the hills or anywhere in India it is a kind of trend to call children with their short nicknames. Binya’s elder brother’s name is Bijju, whereas his real name is Vijay. Binya aged eleven is a hilly girl. She lives with her small family in the hills of Garhwal. Her father died when she was two years of age. For sustenance, the