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Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Philomena is a grand book. The writing is top notch. It is a hea

Philomena is a grand book. The writing is top notch. It is a heartbreaking yet inspirational story. I was a bit surprised by the storyline. I thought it was going to be about a mother’s search for her son, but it was more about the life of the son – rising up in the Rep...
Philomena is a grand book. The writing is top notch. It is a heartbreaking yet inspirational story. I was a bit surprised by the storyline. I thought it was going to be about a mother’s search for her son, but it was more about the life of the son – rising up in the Republican party, his lifestyle as a gay man, and his battle with AIDS. Even though it was different than what I expected, I still really enjoyed this book.

posted by Anonymous on January 21, 2014

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7 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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I thought this story was going to be about a mothers search for her son after being forced to give him up it ended being a very long book about the sons rise and struggle with the Rebublican party, his gay lifestyle and then his battle with AIDs All of my hope while i...
I thought this story was going to be about a mothers search for her son after being forced to give him up it ended being a very long book about the sons rise and struggle with the Rebublican party, his gay lifestyle and then his battle with AIDs All of my hope while i was reading this arduous account of his life came to an end when he dies never finding his Mother, and when she finally finds him she has to settle for a gravestone Although this was a very true and touching story, I felt completely let down at the end--very sad

posted by MissyDee on December 6, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Spoiler Alert

    I thought this story was going to be about a mothers search for her son after being forced to give him up it ended being a very long book about the sons rise and struggle with the Rebublican party, his gay lifestyle and then his battle with AIDs All of my hope while i was reading this arduous account of his life came to an end when he dies never finding his Mother, and when she finally finds him she has to settle for a gravestone Although this was a very true and touching story, I felt completely let down at the end--very sad

    7 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Not what I expected

    This was an interesting book with respect to how unwed mothers/adoptions were handled. I was expecting more on Philomena and her search for her son. Not expecting the majority of the book to be about the life of the son.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2015

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    It is astounding how human beings can bounce back from the merci

    It is astounding how human beings can bounce back from the merciless persecution by the Catholic Church. Why were they above the law during the baby scoop era of the 1950s and 1960s?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Not what I expected.

    The title is deceiving. It was really the life story of her son, Anthony, who was renamed Michael Hess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Interesting Read

    This was an interesting read... I enjoy reading about individuals who have made an impact on their part of the world and this man did that and more. Also interesting to learn of the 'baby trade' in Ireland at that point in time.... Who knew?

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Not what I was expecting

    The story starts with Philomena's experience of being an Irish Catholic pregnant girl who is sent 'away' to have her baby. I thought the story was going to be about her. However, her story ends when her son is adopted and brought to America. From that point on, the story is about her son. Don't get me wrong. His story is interesting. It's just that Philomena's story was short changed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    i was disappointed because i thought that the book was about a m

    i was disappointed because i thought that the book was about a mother trying to find her son not about the life of the son. my parents had friends who had adopted a child from ireland when he was 2 yrs old. i know he was well loved by his parents and adored by his grandparents. they were always available to help him find his birth parent. i was interested in seeing how a mother would go about trying to find her child when the files were sealed.

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