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Philomena: The true story of a mother and the son she had to give away (film tie-in edition)
Philomena: The true story of a mother and the son she had to give away (film tie-in edition)
by Martin Sixsmith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as expected, 16 Feb 2014
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I saw the film first then bought the book on the strength of it.I was greatly moved by the film because it concentrated on Philomena's desperately sad quest to find her son over many years ,only to discover the highs and the lows of his life with the help of the journalist ,Martin Sixsmith.
The book , initially, told us about her pitiful plight as a young unmarried mother in Ireland ,making one feel fully involved emotionally with her suffering in Roscrea.
Unfortunately, when it moves on to Mike's life in America , after describing his difficult relationship with "Doc" and his feelings about being adopted it becomes bogged down in a huge chunk of the book detailing his adult life . Unless you are interested in the recent history of American politics and the Gay Rights movement then it becomes very slow and tedious,i found myself skipping over this part and I can't remember it featuring very much at all in the film.
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