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20 June 2011


i know i mainly hovered during the last menage, but i have to say i absolutely LOVED this book and was happy to pass my copy onto a friend i work with, who is also loving it. the idea of the medical dilemma, the scientific procedure in a flawed person's hands, is fascinating and played itself out in such a way in the book that it went from uninformed patients with no choice, to informed patient with every choice, to overinformed but somehow not-at-all informed community who at some point chose to be choiceless. (does any of that make sense?) kavenna gave us this really interesting circle to look at, of how human choices have evolved when it comes to medicine and science, and as human beings is that in fact the choice we would eventually make in our future? maybe.

I am just finishing up Ann Patchett's new book State of Wonder and it is making me think of childbirth in a whole new way, I'd be interested to hear your opinion of the book CR.

Wow, that is so cool that Joanna Kavenna replied to your inquiry! Even though I wasn't super keen on reading The Birth of Love at first (just the title threw me off), it really did turn out to be an excellent Menage choice.

I'm so glad you loved the book. I'm a huge Kavenna fan and it was a pleasure to introduce others to her writing. Even more so after I got her fantastic email answering our questions.
Your process of uninformed to informed back to misinformed makes perfect sense.

Katharine, dear heart,
You know I love you but Ann Patchett? I can't stand her, ever since I had to slog through Bel Canto for our good ol' MPL reads book. Or something like that. Why did we all have to read that one? (That and Danzy Senna's awful Caucasia, blech.) All I know is I listened to it on tape while painting my interior walls and, no kidding, it would have been more exciting just to watch the paint dry in silence. But for you...

Yes, I was pleased with it too--lots of good discussion material. Including that title.

"So much human suffering, so many mothers who died in agony as their babies cried beside them and so many children deprived of their mothers, and all because of a few rigid-minded individuals, who clung to what they regarded as the 'facts', which turned out to be wrong."

Um, yeah. The "curse of Eve". "God's Will". So much for thinking of the children. Now had it been MEN dying like that . . .

Frankly, I'm still not quite sure why it's God's will to have only women have the babies. I sure hope to find out the reason for it all someday.

Ok, I won't make you read it, just scan the latest issue of people magazine for their preview of the book. Now that I've finished it I will not being giving it the 4 star rating that People did. Lets do iced coffees soon!

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