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The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search Kindle Edition
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Michael Hess's life was dedicated to finding his place in this world. To understand where you came from is so vital in understanding who you are and where you can go. He was denied this by brutal backwardness and malevolence of the highest level. Sixsmith's book is long but all the better for that as we get a real insight into Michael and his search. What you are left with at the end is not just a story of missed opportunity but something much greater and wonderfully redemptive. My only warning is to not read the last chapter in public; it literally could break your heart. A superb book.
As I read beyond the first chapters in which the conditions in the 'Magdalene' laundries were explained, and Philomena lost her son, I became increasingly disappointed at the way the book focused mainly on Michael's - as he became - dysfunctional relationship with his overbearing, autocratic adoptive father. I did like the way the character of his 'sister' Mary was highlighted, the closeness with his adoptive uncle and later on, his political career as it developed - especially knowing that these are historical facts.
However as the book went on, it seemed to focus more and more - unnecessarily in my view - on Michael's homosexuality and his endless exploits, in far too great a detail, while Philomena completely disappeared; we have no idea how her life developed once she left Ross Crea so it was certainly not 'a book in two halves'. Also I was really puzzled by detailed and private conversations allegedly taking place between two people who are - both! - long dead.
I admit, having got halfway through the 450 pages and become a little exasperated at the lack of expected storyline, to having flipped to the end to see where things were headed, and I have not actually finished it yet.Read more ›
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A thought provoking book unable to leave until finished reading.Would have liked more info on his mother & what eventually changed the churches ideas on child adoption. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. K. T. Buck
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