❮Epub❯ ➜ The Light in the Window Author June Goulding – Golanvideoagency.info
I haven't reread this book for some time and found it as moving and emotionally frustrating as when I first read it.
I know the world was a very different place when the events that took place in the book occurred, but I could still slap the face of the Nun who condemns the girls and women who come to the convent to be hidden away while they are pregnant and to give birth.
The girls and women who all surviveI cannot call it livingin the convent at Bessborough (the subject of a fascinating article on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/...) are all unmarried and pregnant. This is enough to have them hidden away and punished needlessly when, in a time and society when sex education was not spoken of, young girls were seduced and men faced no repercussions for their actions.
June Goulding is a 22 yo nurse who comes to work at the Mother and baby home, unaware at the time of accepting the job, what the purpose of the home is. Girls/women have their children, breast feed them for 10 days and then are seperated. At 3 years of age, the mothers desperately seeking every opportunity to see their child, the children are adopted out, the 'lucky ones' going to Shannon Airport to be adopted by childless American couples. There is minimal medical careJune herself buys a simple heartburn remedy from her own money, and the Sister, a qualifed midwife herself, refuses to let June stitch the mothers who have torn during labour, or even send for a Doctor to assist at a difficult birth. June is horrified, frustrated and angry at this regime, but she cannot bring herself to leave the job because the women who come/are sent to the home need her.
June steels herself to deal with the Sister in charge, a woman who appears to have no finer feeling and certainly not the ideals of a monastic to my middle of the road Anglican mind. The women are so terrified of the Sister, they don't reveal when they are in labour until June is on duty, including leaving a light in the window of an unused toilet to alert her on her nights out that she is needed and to hurry into the home.
Amongst the misery and unhappiness, there are moments of light: kindnesses received and given amongst the women incarcerated there, their kindnesses to June, the joy of a safe delivery, the chatter when the Sister is back in the convent and can't punish the women in the home.
Overall not a happy book but one that demands to be read. When Goulding took a midwife position at a home for unwed mothers in 1951 Ireland, the situation seemed promising: the chance to help women in need, the chance to use her newly certified skills, and no night duty. It quickly became apparent that the reality was something else: 'no night duty' meant 'no formal night duty but on call 24 hours a day', and, much harder to bear, the women in the home were treated by the nun in charge as less than human, with Goulding little able to make changes.
I've read about The Girls Who Went Away in the US in roughly the same era: sent away to bear children in secret and then returned to public life as soon as possible afterwards. At Sacred Heart, the story was different. The young women Goulding guided through birth were required to stay at the convent to raise their children for up to three years, whereupon those children would be adopted out. They were only permitted to leave earlier if they paid a substantial fee (roughly £3,000 in 2018 funds, I believe); fees or no fees, the only way they could leave with their children in tow was if they married (and one does not end up in a home for unwed mothers because one has good options). Adoption law was not codified in Ireland until 1952, months after Goulding left her position to get married, and the women simply had no rights. Three years of caring for a child they wouldn't be permitted to keep, and then they'd be sent back out into the world with, in most cases, no money or support.
That's the worst of it, maybe, but it's also the tip of the iceberg. Goulding rapidly realised that nursing at the convent was going to bear little resemblance to the standards of care she was used to. The sister in charge had the final say, and her focus was punishment. That meant: insufficient rations, and hard physical labour while acutely pregnant, and no painkillers, and no stitches no matter how badly a women tore during birth, and no calling the doctor, and on and on it goes.
Gould only ever planned to be there temporarily. She was engaged to be married, and 1951 was not a time for (nonworkingclass) women to keep their jobs after marriage. Even if she'd stayed longer, though, it's unlikely that she'd have been able to follow up with more of the mothers than she did: they were all there under false names and with strict instructions not to speak to each other or to Goulding. She's a decent and compassionate storyteller, but it can't be anything other than a sad story, because so few women seem to have made it out in one piece. LightInTheBox Achat En Ligne De Robes, Maison JardinDcouvrez Un Magasin De Vente En Ligne Fiable Et Professionnel Vous Offrant Une Large Gamme De Produits De Grande Qualit Petits Prix Et Vous Envoyant Vos Colis Partout Dans Le Monde Light In Traduction En Franais Exemples AnglaisThe Photoluminescent Light Source Generates Light In Response To Receiving Input Power Ladite Source De Lumire Photoluminescence Gnre De La Lumire En Raction Une Puissance D Entre Reue The Particles Reflect Light In An Irregular Manner, Producing A Sparkle Or Glitter Effect Light In The Traduction En Franais Exemples AnglaisStars Indicate Points Of Light In The Ignorant Mental Consciousness Les Toiles Indiquent Des Points De Lumire Dans La Conscience Mentale Ignorante A Positive Photoresist Layer Is Then Exposed By Light In The Exposure Beam Une Couche De Photorserve Positive Est Ensuite Expose In The Light Of Traduction En Franais ExemplesTraduction De In The Light Of En Franais La Lumire De Compte Tenu De Au Vu De En Fonction De Au Regard De Eu Gard La Lumire D En Tenant Compte De Sur La Base De En Raison De Dans La Lumire De Dans Le Contexte De After Six Months These Provisions Shall Be Reviewed In The Light Of Experience The Light Traduction En Franais Exemples AnglaisTraduction De The Light En Franais La Lumire La Lampe Cette Lumire The Light Fonction Lumineux Le Feu Tenant Compte L Ampoule L Clairage Lumineuse Optique The Electro Optic Sensor Again Birefringently Modulates The Light Le Dtecteur Lectro Optique Module Nouveau La Lumire Par Birfringence Light English French Dictionary WordReference Light Source N Noun Refers To Person, Place, Thing, Quality, Etc Sth That Produces Light Source De Lumire Nf Nom Fminin S Utilise Avec Les Articles La, L Devant Une Voyelle Ou Un H Muet , Une Ex Fille Nf On Dira La Fille Ou Une Fille Avec Un Nom Fminin, L Adjectif S Accorde En Gnral, On Ajoute Un E L Adjectif Par Exemple, On Dira Une Petit E Fillelight Traduction En Franais Exemples AnglaisThe Light Includes Ultraviolet Light, Visible Light, And Infrared Light La Lumire Comprend Une Lumire Ultraviolette, Une Lumire Visible Et Une Lumire Infrarouge The Light Splitting Unit Splits The Light Produced From The Light Source Unit Into At Least Reference Light And Measurement Light In Light Of Traduction Franaise Linguee In Light Of The Lack Of A Management Scheme, The Committee Encourages This Board To Elaborate A Comprehensive Management Plan For The Property Including A Systematic Monitoring Scheme Unesdocunesco Unesdocunesco Etant Donn L Absence De Plan De Gestion, Le Comit Encourage Ce Conseil Laborer Un Plan De Gestion Complet Pour Le Site, Comprenant UnLightInTheBox Global Online Shopping For Dresses, LightInTheBox Global Online Shopping For Dresses, Home Garden, Electronics, Wedding Apparel A Professional And Reliable Online Shopping Center Providing A Variety Of Hot Selling Products At In Light Of Idioms By The Free Dictionary In The Light Of Something Considering Something Given Something Typically Refers To A New Revelation Or Piece Of Information That Affects Some Situation In Light Of This New Evidence, We Are Reopening The Investigation Set in Ireland in the 1950’s in a home for pregnant, unwed women, a whistleblowing nurse reveals the treatment of innocent women who sought refuge. Trapped in a desperate situation, and having no other means to support themselves and their baby, they fall prey to the nuns who are sadistic/heartless in their piety. Instead of giving birth in a discreet location with care and kindness, they are denied their human rights as a person and parent. They are forced to give up their babies and not given information about where their babies went.
The institutionalisation of the constant suffering they endured is heartwrenching.
The author tells the story as a memoir without naming the establishment or real names of the nuns and patients, except for a couple of the latter. While the author is brave for doing so, I struggled to understand how she could have limited her involvement to being the merciful one and not gone to greater lengths to fight for these defenseless women. This was especially disconcerting as she had medical connections and could have tried to expose what was going on as soon as she left the place. Of course there is a different social climate towards helping others now than at that time when authoritative figures yielded immense power.
I was personally vested in this story for two reasons: a close relative of mine was adopted out in 1949 at two years of age; and another close relative was physically abused by nuns in a Catholic school. This memoir helps the reader to gain greater insight into what they went through.
I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in human tragedies and true stories about religious perpetrators of suffering. I didn't know what to expect with this book since I didn't see a lot of five star reviews, but for me this is definantly a five star book. This is one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read. This book will definitely make you feel all kinds of emotions.
Imagine being young, pregnant, and unmarried in a time and place where religion rules and human emotion is not acknowledged. The poor girls that found themselves in this situation were not only treated as outcasts by their families and neighbors, but were also treated worse than criminals by their religous leaders.
This book is the first book that I have read about mothers forced to give their children up for adoption. I will say that this book makes me grateful that I don't live in that time and place as I too could have easily been one of those unfortunate girls. A friend in uni has just finished reading this book and asked if I would like to borrow it, given that we are student midwives I thought it would be a good human interest story to read. It was done in an afternoon, and by the evening I was in disbelief.
While parts of it were compelling, one thing over shadowed the clumsily written memoirher wait of half a century to write the damned thing.
I knew that I would struggle to like the author after her initial account of leaving her "private case", and I'm only pleased to have read that decision haunted her for the rest of her life...but then again so did the red suit she wanted to buy for her "trousseau", so maybe that's not much of a contrition. I wasn't sure what the following pages would hold for a woman who left a man dying of TB in what she was already convinced would be his last month of life.
The only reason I was able to continue reading was that it was a reallife account of the horrors visited on women by religion, and the pious folk that peddle it. The end of the book doesn't demonstrate much shame or remorse in regard to what she was responsible for during her time at the home for unwed mothers. She spends most of the book trying to convince the reader of how she would have loved to have railed against the Sister in charge...but once she had a "free leg" out of there herself, what did she do? Expose the place? Report it? Campaign for its overhaul and the atrocities being committed against women and their children?
Nope. Got married, had four kids, and stuff the lot of em, eh, June?
It is fair to say that there would be few in her position who would have the stones to stand against the might of the Catholic Church in Ireland, in the fifties, but one would hope that there would be fewer still who would witness the abhorrent treatment of these women by a nun, and then allow that nun to slather her in tanning lotion before she tripped off out to a "dress dance".
"Oh you horrible woman, Sister! Wait...did you get my shoulder properly this time?!"
An unscrupulous woman who, while did not paint herself as some pioneering hero in this book, was as much a part of this vile regime as any of those about whom she complains so heartily.
As for her husband's part in this? Also a medically trained man, whose protests against this institution went as far as a few cross words, tuts, eye rolls, and slight indignation at the sight of pregnant women doing manual labour...by tarring the hot road round the corner from the home. June does very little to paint him in a good light in this respect, but he must have been worth it as she managed to buy him gold cufflinks on Christmas, while buying nothing at all for any of own family, instead guiltlessly swanning past the working mothers in the greenhouse to collect dozen chrysanthemums with the Sister to take for her mammy.
My two stars serve only as a hope that other will be able to read this book and realise the horrors of what women in that place went through, but please borrow this from a library, don't do anything to furnish that woman's estate with any more ill gotten gains.
Also, a ghost writer wouldn't have gone amiss; I'm all for Irish vernacular, but some of her writing should have been corrected by the most junior of subeditors. Clumsily formed sentences made particular parts of this account difficult to understand. I read this in one dayvery hard to put down. It's hard to believe that women were treated this waythe suffering, both theirs and their children who had no details of their birth mothers with which to trace them in the future is hard to comprehend. So sad. a nonfiction book about this woman's time working at a home for unmarried pregnant mothers in Ireland in 1951. She can't write well at all, but it's an interesting story nonetheless. A thoroughly depressing yet engaging read.
June is a young midwife in Ireland when she accepts the post of midwife in a home for unwed mothers. It was an honest read and must have been a challenge for June to write. She describes her role and her inability to challenge the ways of the home, without trying to paint herself as a heroit is quite clear that she was complacent, she was young and inexperienced and was tied up in the horrible well established system. It was a different era after all, one where religious figures were the highest authority and young midwives did as they were told. I particulary found her discriptons of the nuns 'after hours' interesting. You can't help but assume that women who did what these women did would be rotten and bitter to the core, yet after hours June gave us an account of the nuns that was playful and frivolous as they fussed like excitable teenagers whenever June had a date with her long time boyfriend.
Read this and be greatful for professional autonomy and a society that questions dubious practices! It is so vitally important that the girls' stories are given a voice and I think it is a very important book. I cannot rate the book since the writing style is not quite good, but I cannot help but feel that this should be overlooked in favour of the importance that these stories are finally heard. June Goulding, after all, was a nurse and not a writer.