This debut book by Enid Bagnold was published in 1918. It really is a copy of her undated diary from time spent working in a hospital in England durinThis debut book by Enid Bagnold was published in 1918. It really is a copy of her undated diary from time spent working in a hospital in England during WWI. She worked as a nurse’s aide, and saw all sorts of things that disturbed her about the hospital; things over and above the wounds the soldiers had received in combat. She didn’t like the cavalier attitude a great many of the nurses (‘sisters’) had toward their patients. In her opinion they didn’t seem to care if the men were in great pain or not, etc.
Enid was a woman of independent means, so she could afford to have this work published because it didn’t matter to her if she were then black-listed from the health care field. In fact, she went on to write many more books. Her best known work is National Velvet.
The diary entries were interesting slice-of-life snapshots of the inner workings of a WWI era wartime hospital. You could tell that the author got attached to some patients, and they to her. There were also some very nicely written descriptions about the scenery on her walks home, and interactions with other folks outside of the hospital. I’m giving it a 3 star rating. I liked it for what it was, a book made up of short sketches. ...more