Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
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Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

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"Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands" is the autobiography of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who, like her contemporary Florence Nightingale, rose to fame for her bravery during the Crimean War. Unlike Nightingale, however, Seacole was confronted by racism at every turn of her career. Refused a post in Crimea because she was biracial, Seacole traveled to the...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Kaplan Publishing (first published 1857)
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Chris
I picked this up for my Kindle for two reasons. The first is because it didn't cost my anything. The second because I actually knew who Mary Seacole was after reading an essay about her in either British Heritage or a British history magazine.

Mrs. Mary Seacole was first and foremost a lady. To call her anything else, except for a lady nurse, would be an insult to this wonderful woman.

Mrs Seacole was a nurse, in particular in her native Kingston and in the Crimea. She was biracial and refused a p...more
Nora
Why and how have I never heard of Mary Seacole?! She's awesome. Sure, I've heard of Florence Nightingale (nurse to the soldiers in the Crimean War). But it turns out that Mary Seacole (also a nurse but was refused hire by Nightingale) was better liked by the soldiers. And she was Creole! White history has overlooked this amazing woman.
Donna
Mary Seacole was a Jamacian nurse whose extraordinary life combined her favorite things, travel and medicine. This autobiography tells us a little about her background and trips to England, but it mostly focuses on her time in a small town in Central America and then her work during the Crimean War.

Often called Mother by her friends and patients, Mrs. Seacole was trained as a nurse by her mother. She used those skills during a cholera epidemic while living in Central America, and then she became...more
Ashland Mystery Oregon
How did she do it? This 1857 Jamaican woman who traveled singularly, setting up roadside hotels and eating establishments where ever she went, becoming expert in the treatment of cholera and diarrhea. Refused by Florence Nightingale, Seacole went to the Crimean War front and nursed the sick, fed the men, supplied drink and gave much comfort to those in battle. Seacole’s autobiography contains quoted accolades and testimonials to her service as well as an appendix with newspaper reports of her wo...more
Karen
My reasons for wanting to read this book were questionable: when I read and reviewed Florence Nightingale’s book a while back, I enjoyed it enough to want to read something by other inspiring nurses; Mary Seacole sprang to mind. So far, so good, huh? Then a rather bizarre thing happened. This guy https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... appeared to set up a Goodreads account for the sole purpose of telling me NOT to read about Mary Seacole, as she was not a “real nurse”. No books, no friends, hi...more
Pamela ☼where's my aspirin☼ Tee
Mary Seacole lived at the same time as Florence Nightingale, and during her life she was known for her works, but alas, since her mother was dark skinned, and her father was Scotch, and she was a woman as well, she is scarcely known by modern folk.

But historical prejudice aside, this is one good biography. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, particularly because Mary visited some interesting places. She began her life in Jamaica where she learned doctoring from her mother. From her father she must have...more
B.T.

The spectacular events that Mary Jane Seacole describes within her book are fascinating due to the racial, economical, and cultural barriers that she seemingly penetrated throughout her adventurous life; had Seacole been a white English middle-class woman, the feats of this heroine would be less noteworthy.
Mrs. Seacole carefully constructed her racial image to her readers and to those she came in contact with during her travels. Seacole admits that she is not white but a mix of races, giving h...more
Katie

I will forever be indebted to the fantastic [children's] show, Horrible Histories, for introducing me such an incredible woman as Mary Seacole. Her determination and kind heart in the face of adversity in the extreme makes a fantastic read and I very much recommend it, particularly if you are still under the illusion that Nightingale -the lady with the lamp- was the 'heroine' of the Crimea. That being said, during a phone conversation with my mother in which I was heartily recommending TWAoMSiML

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April
Fascinating book. She was a Creole medical practitioner and entrepreneur during the mid-1800s. Very readable if you like Victorian writing, like Dickens, for example. I have to assume there was a ghost writer involved, but you still get a strong feel for her confident, adventurous spirit. I found the first half of the book includes a fascinating perspective on racism in the U.S. compared to Central America and England at the time. Her brief expositions on Panamanian and Central American history...more
Jo
After recently realising that Mary Seacole isn't who I thought she was, I set out to discover more about her. Obviously that includes reading this here memoir. Seacole was born in Jamaica and claimed a Scottish father so she always aligned herself with Britain. She learnt medical things from her mother and after a bit of travel in Central America she set off for the Crimea as soon as she heard about the war. She spends more time talking about helping the troops than her early and personal life b...more
Luca
A refreshingly different perspective on the Crimean war, Mary Seacole tells of her exploits as a nurse and inn-keeper on the embattled peninsula. Seacole has a witty, charming way with words and despite her bravery and tireless efforts remains humble throughout. Her fetishization of British troops would be troubling (I don't think you meet any British soldier that is less than honorable and brave in this book), but for the revelation that she equally took care of the Russian wounded whenever pos...more
Caitlin
This is not the edition I read, but I like this story very much. Mary Seacole traveled the world. She followed Florence Nightengale, although she was not accpeted by her troupe, and set up shop in the Crimea and helped the soldiers during the war. She was not partial to either side but helped everyone. She writes with a sense of innocence despite the fact that she was a very experienced person. She also denounces the racism of Americans, the English weren't much better, but they treated her like...more
Maryclaire Zampogna
This book was my first Nook BOOK experience and I enjoyed it very much. Mary Seacole is an unbelievable women of many talents. She manages stores, sells supplies, doctors the citizens and military and loves to travel. She is biracial and fights many battles with her public options and methods of treatment. She makes friends caring for the ill in one country and runs into them again fighting the war in other places. The military all welcomed her and her medical talent.
Her story of survival in th...more
Amanda
The amazing true story of a woman who in a time where many women never even left their towns travelled the world over taking care of "her boys" as she called it. A miraculous nurse, Mary "Mother" Seacole travelled from her home in Jamaica to London, then to Panama (then called New Granada), and finally to the Crimea (again via London). Mrs Seacole's story is incredibly compelling and fascinating, and a great portrait of perceptions of race and nationality. I think this should be a required readi...more
Liz
Often overlooked by history because of her Creole background, Mrs. Seacole made many contributions to the war effort and tells a fascinating story about her own life. Throughout the book she is witty and funny. I highly recommend this book to gain a clear picture of nurses within the Victorian era and no, Florence Nightingale wasn't the only one lol. It's interesting to read about Victorian society through "the Other's" perspective and see that even though you might be a minority you have perpet...more
Lynn
Although I admire Mrs. Seacole and her work as a nurse, this autobiography became too redundant with how wonderful she was, against all odds. By the time I was half into the book, I was predicting how she would word her next amazing feat of saving everyone. I realize that part of the problem is that the writing from the late 1800s is somewhat more "stilted" than that of the present, but it took me much longer to read this than I normally would take simply because once I put it down, I really did...more
Celine
An important social document and terribly interesting slice of life, told from a perspective rarely, if ever, seen. A cracking good read too. I only wish there had been more details and more scenes from the life of this wonderfully interesting, complicated person. Every time she wrote 'but I won't bore you with that' I was screaming NO! Mary! Bore me! bore me!!!!!
Emma
Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I find her narrative sometimes a little bit egotistical (granted she did a lot of good, but she certainly seems to want to be thanked for it all the time) but generally it was really fast paced, packed with interesting information and a good insight into an outsiders perspective of the Crimean War.
Christine
I found Mrs. Seacole's story fascinating and ended up liking and admiring her spirit and perseverance despite racism, setbacks and troubles at every side. I loved that she wouldn't take no for an answer and did what she could to serve those around her. I also like that she made admirers of those who used to dismiss her.
Melissa
I read this memoir for a Caribbean Lit class. Seacole was a Creole Jamaican woman writing in the 19th century. Mary Seacole traveled far and wide, was skilled in business, and became famous for her nursing during the Crimean war. She is an extremely interesting woman, but the memoir was flat for me.
Anna
Mar 06, 2010 Anna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am immediately going to read your autobiography if you title it something like "Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands," the end. Also I learned from Hark! A Vagrant that Mary Seacole was the best.
Barbara
A fascinating story - though I often thirsted for more detail on her nursing experiences. And perhaps fewer letters of commendation from her grateful customers/patients. But she was an amazing woman.
Hazel
Jan 07, 2011 Hazel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hazel by: Chris
Shelves: priorities-2012
There was a Mary Seacole Hall of Residence at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in the mid 1980s. It's time for me to read her memoirs. Thanks to Chris for the recommendation.
Julie Bowerman
Jamaican widow, Mrs. Seacole, recounts her adventures in the Isthmus of Panama and the Crimea in the 1850's. Interesting historical perspectives.
Angela
3.5 stars. Non-fiction. The African American doctor/nurse before her time who put Florence Nightingale to shame. Her story in her own words.
Jeanne
I read this for a class on women and colonialism. Mrs. Seacole is both hilarious and poignant...a great piece of women's history.
Ali
An extraordinary story. She's very full of herself, is Mrs Seacole, but it's an entertaining and fascinating read.
Jessica
It was a very easy read and very interessting
Amy
Interesting. Read introduction.
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Mary Jane Seacole (1805 – 14 May 1881), née Grant, was a Jamaican-born woman of Scottish and Creole descent who set up a 'British Hotel' behind the lines during the Crimean War, which she described as "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers," and provided succour for wounded servicemen on the battlefield. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in...more
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