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Title: Savita: The Tragedy that Shook a Nation
Author: Kitty Holland
Genre: Biographical / Non Fiction
Publisher: Random House / Transworld Ireland (2013)
Pages: 288 Pages
Book Review. . .
This review was done for The Tales Pensieve (TTP) under their reviewer program.
What should I tell about a young woman named Savita Halappanavar that she was smart, beautiful and vivacious; that she was a doctor by profession and loved to dance; that she was ever vibrant in personality and had a diamond smile; that she was recently married and was expecting her first child; that her womb had along-with the fetus, some half born dreams of a cherished future; that she died with 17 weeks pregnancy due to septicaemia after being denied a termination despite being repeatedly requested for one.
Kitty Holland’s book Savita: The Tragedy That Shook A Nation attempts to trace the events that led to the death of this ambitious young woman said to have had a ‘diamond smile’; additionally, it also traverses through the complexities of the judicial, legislature and also the medical system of Ireland & sparks off the age old debate about abortion in the country with compounded outrage and indignation.
The best part of the book is that it has been written from the perspective of Savita’s husband & friends. The author pulls together the story of Savita’s time in hospital and also depicts the contrasting points of her story between Praveen’s and the hospital’s versions, narrated before the jury. The whole chronology of events does make the reader sad and angry. The moment you pick the book, a look at the cover featuring Savita’s picture with her dazzling diamond smile, fills the heart with sadness that the lady deserved much better life than she actually had. Further, her husband’s dignified determination and perseverance to discern the truth & bring the change to ensure that such a ghastly experience doesn’t repeat itself also adds to the reader’s overall experience.
I thank the TTP for giving and opportunity to review the book.
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