Book review: The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally


The Daughters of MarsThe Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My rating: 3,5 stars

This is the story of two young Australian nurses, Naomi and Sally Durance, who have faced the horror of The Great War in Egypt, at Gallipoli and then in the northern Europe. In their final destiny, they work for the Australian Voluntary Hospital which was run for a visionary and eccentric Lady Tarlton.

The story is based on the journals of Australian nursing sisters and they describe in detail the first anesthesia’s techniques and how they faced the Spanish flu.

About the author:
Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty-one novels since. They include Schindler’s List, which won the Booker Prize in 1982, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates, all of which were shortlisted for the diaries, Mitchell Library, Sydney.

5* Schindler’s List
3* Blood Red, Sister Rose
3* A Victim of the Aurora
3.5* The Daughters of Mars
TR The Playmaker
TR Shame and the Captives

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