This "dramatized biography" of Florence Nightingale presents her inspiring story in all its complexity - her call to service, the horrors she saw, the setbacks she encountered, and the remarkable ways she overcame them. Valentine Palmer is authoritative and clear-voiced as the narrator, while Mary Kenton is believable as Florence Nightingale. However, more selections including her voice would have been welcome. Overall, the mix of exposition, dramatic interludes, and music makes for an intriguing introduction to this story of the renowned founder of modern nursing.
This is the true story of the "Lady with the Lamp" - no sentimentalised figure, but a strong-willed, aggressive woman who reformed nursing through sheer inspired endeavour. She lived to be 90, with a full life of conflict, setbacks, and triumphs.
©1976 Avis Murton Carter (P)1976 Ivan and Inge Berg
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