Sunday, December 19, 2010

Book Review: Dora Macy, Night Nurse (1930)

Dora Macy’s Night Nurse may serve as an example of how times have changed. In 1930, the New York Times called this novel “sordidly realistic” and opined that “such cheap and unpleasant stuff . . . should never have been put forth at all.” Fast forward 80 years, and the most memorably unpleasant detail comes when we are told that a small child has “expelled the coffee given rectally.” A coffee enema? Seriously? I just hope, for the sake of the child, that it was iced coffee. And decaf, too. Grade: C-

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