Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A book about Americans, part 3

This quote goes in the category of complete and utter ridiculousness:
I even know a lot of American women who deliberately check into a hospital to imitate birth in front of everyone they know, then return from there with a baby, so that no one will know that he is adopted.
Okay, that probably has happened? (The author does say that he learned a lot of his English from TV. It sounds like a soap opera plot to me.) But to say "many American women" do this? What?!? Or maybe I'm completely ignorant?

Overall, I found his chapter on adoption to be lacking. Of course, I was reading it right at the time that Russia-America adoption relations were falling apart, and it isn't fair to judge a book written before an event for not covering it, but still.... He left out a lot of other parts of American life; he could have just not touched adoption, too, instead of covering it badly.

(I just reread the chapter, and it's really not that bad, but I still think it could have been left out.)


Baba Julie said...

Well, I've never heard of such a thing and I would imagine that the hospitals (from what I do hear) are too busy with REAL illnesses to take on an pretend situation!

I was adopted at 3 days of age. My parents went to the hospital, picked me up and a lawyer drew up the papers. Things were simpler in those days.

Martha A. said...

That is a sad sort of way.