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Philomena: The true story of a mother and the son she had to give away (film tie-in edition) Kindle Edition
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Having finished the book, I find the description a little deceiving. Philomena isn't the tale of the search of a mother for the son she was forced to give away, and once the adoption has actually taken place it isn't even the story of Philomena. I would have loved to have known more about Philomena's own quest and her life after Anthony was taken from her. However, Philomena does not actually feature again until the very end of the book. I guess the original title to the book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search is slightly more accurate, but not totally.
I was constantly waiting and expecting "the search" to begin. Anthony (who subsequently becomes Mike) visits Ireland twice, but I cannot really describe what he does there as searching for his mother. Yes, within the book he talks about finding his mother, and it is clear that he wants to, but his actions are not what I would call "a lifelong search for his mother".
As this is what I had been expecting from the book, I did begin to find the seemingly endless life story of Anthony/Mike a little repetitive and tedious after a while. The book is heavily based on his life as a gay man and his career, leading to a focus on a homosexual lifestyle and American politics. Whilst it was interesting, it isn't what I had entirely expected, and I just wanted that little bit extra from it.
That said, I must emphasize that I really did enjoy the book as a whole.Read more ›
It is an emotive subject, and I really wanted to read Philomena's story and how it affected her. Unfortunately this book does not cover her story at all. Maybe I will have to watch the film, but I do feel the title of the book is misleading.
I don't want to say much more and spoil people's reading but Anthony/Michael's story is a real education in prejudice and the struggles of one man who couldn't conform in an unforgiving society. I was appalled at the narrow minded and medieval attitudes of the Catholic Church, American society and political institutions. I think there was an element of bias from the author towards the Church, Michael's adoptive father and some others but that is for people to decide themselves.
This is an excellent book and I recommend it to all.
The author states at the end that there is another story to come another day about Antony/Michael's father - I won't be buying that one.
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This is my first review - and at times it stretched a bit and was too long at a certain topic - but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Read morePublished 7 days ago
Really enjoyed this book ..... Moving true story, and rather shocking in parts, but sensitively and well written, highly recommend.Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
I actually listened to this book on a slight whim, having just joined the listening service 'Audible'. Read morePublished 20 days ago by The Literary Gooner
So sad how women were treated in olden days . A great read !Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was left feeling a little let down by the subject title of the book, which did not meet my expectations. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
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