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Ce livre relate la vie d'une mère et d'un fils séparés depuis 50 ans, sur 2 continents, à travers des faits historiques (l'Irlande catholique des années 50, le partie républicain sous Reagan, la découverte du HIV dans les années 80). Poignant !
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A really good read, which gives you lots of food for thought. It's sad to think that this really did happen and affected lots more Mums and Babies.
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Very good book but a bit too centered on the son's life! Almost nothing on the mother from their separation to the end...
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HASH(0x8ae50b7c) étoiles sur 5 Different book? 27 novembre 2013
Par Jill Meyer - Publié sur
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I just finished reading the 18 reader reviews of "The Lost Child of Philomena", before writing my own review of the book. And I can't figure out if everybody reviewing this book read the same book. About half of the reviewers referred to the book as mostly about Philomena, an Irish "Magdalene", torn apart from her child after raising him for three years in a home for unwed mothers in Ireland. The others appeared to have read a different book -and the same one I read - which is mostly about the child, Michael Hess, who was adopted by an American couple in the mid-1950's. The story is mostly about HIS life in the US and his growing up with the angst that adopted children sometimes have about their origins, as well as his coming to terms about his sexuality and life in college and law school and life in Washington DC as an official at the Reagen and HW Bush administrations and then at the Republican National Committee. Only at the end were Martin Sixsmith and Philomena brought back into the story.

Okay, that's not a problem for the purchaser and reader of the book, now retitled "Philomena: A Mother, A Son, and A 50 Year Search", as long as s/he knows in advance that's NOT what the book is about. This book is about 75% about Michael, his life, and his family - which IS very interesting - and about 25% about Irish shaming of young pregnant women, the eventual "selling" of their babies, and Philomena's search for her given-up child. I am going to see the movie, starring Dame Judi Dench this weekend, and I'll bet that the movie is more about Philomena than her child.

I point this out because the movie marketers seem to have taken a book - more about the son - and turned it around and made the movie more about the mother, and then tried to rebrand the book to align with the movie. Either that, or the early reviewers were reading an entirely different book than the rest of us, a book that WAS mostly about the mother and her search.

I also couldn't quite tell if the book was fiction or non-fiction. If it was non-fiction, then a whole lot of people know what they were saying 50 years ago. Sixsmith writes in the afterward that he interviewed a lot of the characters alive at that point, but then he also put characters together and changed some names. All in all, I didn't think the book was particularly well-written. I'm hoping the movie is better.
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HASH(0x8ae50dc8) étoiles sur 5 Enlightening and frustrating but so well done 18 avril 2011
Par jocelyn - Publié sur
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Philomena Lee represents thousands of women who might otherwise have lived fruitful lives and their children might have otherwise given Ireland educators, musicians, scientists, doctors, writers, productive happy people. The Catholic Church took all that away from its own country that supported it and was too loyal. The nuns and priests again were above the law, and were responsible for many innocent people living through tortuous frustration, thinking they had done something wrong, they were being punishes for their "sins." Young Michael/Andrew has memories of his mother, but feels as though he never belonged anywhere. His life may have been much different had the nuns at the Abbey treated Philomena with humaneness and respect, and maybe just a little love for God's "image and likeness." This search for the son and mother was well researched and very well written. I couldn't leave the book alone. I had to remind myself often that this is a true story. I could picture the roads in that part of Ireland and the old ruins since I've recently been to Tipperary. Now I want to return just to see the places Martin Sixsmith writes about. I also need to research some of the Nixon-Reagan years as this will help me understand how Michael lived during those conservative, stringent times. The photographs in the book are impressive. Thank you, Mr. Sixsmith, for including them.

I have recommended this book to many people. This needs to be known!
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HASH(0x8ae56024) étoiles sur 5 Lost Child of Philomena Lee 5 juin 2010
Par A. Hux - Publié sur
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The adoption process run in Ireland by Catholic Authorities sold children for money, without regard for the women and their children, effectively exploiting Mothers and their children whose lives were forever affected by the inhumane deception and cruelty - State & Church benefited financially. Secrecy, lies and illegal practices were the order of the day at Sean Ross Abbey fully supported by strong political governmental connections.

"The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by Michael Sixsmith is a tragically true story. At first I hesitated to buy it, 451 pages long, but once I started to read I couldn't put it down. Mike/Anthony Lee searched for years. He felt a strong connection with his Irish roots and hoped one day his Mother, Philomena Lee, might find him.

Women victims in these Prison type Religious Institutions served as slaves and used to breast feed their children (cost saving for the Convent) and then when no longer needed thrown out without any guidance, counseling or meaningful support, which made way for more inmates. It's a wonder that any of these women and their children survived.
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HASH(0x8ae561c8) étoiles sur 5 Homosexuality, career, US politics…………..and adoption 1 janvier 2014
Par Swirls - Publié sur
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Philomena Lee is young, single and pregnant. She is living in County Tipperary, Ireland in 1952. And she is living with the shame, humiliation and degradation that her pregnancy brings at the hands of the Irish Catholic nuns.

Martin Sixsmith’s initial chapters concerning Philomena’s plight are poignant in the extreme. The heartfelt narrative delivers us to the Abbey where we become that frightened, cowering girl. We know the anguish she is going through, we bear witness to the ostracisation and indoctrination, so we understand why she signed those adoption papers despite loving her son so dearly.
This is the first 20 percent of the book.

The remainder of the book then focuses on her son’s life (born Anthony Lee / adopted name Michael Hess). Sixsmith narrates Michael’s torment from being wrenched from his mother, and his inability later on to gain information to reconnect with her.

But the overwhelming focus seems to be on Michael’s burgeoning homosexuality and his inner conflict. The conflict stems from the hypocrisy he feels at working in the top echelons of the Regan administration (known for its blatant homophobia and inaction over the AIDS epidemic) whilst he himself is a closeted gay. The book really is a biography of HIS life, and this part really does become too long winded.

Sixsmith was an English political correspondent for 17 years. He also spent time working with the Blair government. It seems that Sixsmith, in labouring over Michael’s political career, has taken the book to a place he knows best. And whilst all this is interesting, it is a very long tangent from what the book title suggests it will be all about.

Sixsmith does return to Philomena’s quest in the last few pages. However it is only cursory; the raw emotion that she would have been feeling at this time is patently missing.

However what I did find particularly touching at the end of the book was the inclusion of photographs, especially those from Michael’s childhood. They add an extra depth to the story and remind us this is real and it did happen.

I would recommend this book – it is a very interesting read and highlights the sorrow, turmoil and cover-up throughout Michael’s life, from both his forced adoption and his homosexuality. Just go in knowing that adoption is the minor player in the book.
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HASH(0x8ae56588) étoiles sur 5 Compulsive reading 3 octobre 2013
Par MR NORMAN HAWKINS - Publié sur
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I found this book gripping, but desperately sad. I feel so sorry for all these women who were appallingly treated by the Catholic Church in Ireland (and in other countries). I can only hope that Philomena felt in some measure that her search had been worthwhile.
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