Damien the Leperby John Farrow, Mia Farrow (Preface by)
Joseph De Veuster left his secure life in Belgium, thrusting aside all thoughts of personal danger and spending the rest of his days as Father Damien comforting the sick and the dying. Though virtually entombed among the
The great adventure of Damien the Leper began quietly over a century ago. Since then, his remarkable story has become legend throughout the world.
Joseph De Veuster left his secure life in Belgium, thrusting aside all thoughts of personal danger and spending the rest of his days as Father Damien comforting the sick and the dying. Though virtually entombed among the living dead of a leper colony on the island of Molokai, Father Damien managed to find beauty and enchantment in the lush surroundings. His extraordinary journey of the spirit comes to life in John Farrow's splendid biography, which has become a classic over the years and is sure to endure as long as people thrill to deeds of valor and pay homage to the great spiritual truths so perfectly reflected in this unforgettable story of courage, sacrifice, and devotion.
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Though perhaps best known for his work as a Hollywood film director, John Farrow (1904-1963) was also quite prolific as a writer. Among his several books is Damien the Leper, which he was inspired to write after learning of Damien's story during a trip to Tahiti.
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John Farrow (1904-1963), perhaps best known to us today as the father of the actress Mia Farrow (who wrote an introduction to this 1998 edition) wrote this book in 1937 after encountering leprosy himself in Tahiti. There he met one of Father Damien's 'children' and became curious about the stories he heard about this man 'so heroic as to seem highly fictitious'. While the book is reverential in portraying Father Damien, it does point out some of his weaknesses and flaws. I found the book to be well-written and fast-paced with concise background information on leprosy, eighteenth century treatment of lepers, and the Hawaiian Islands. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book for me is how in a way it is very much a product of its time (the Thirties). Serious biographies of that time were still allowed to glorify their subjects. I shudder to think what a nineties' author would do with the controversies that surrounded Father Damien throughout his life among the lepers of Molokai. A great book for someone needing inspiration or needing a good example of the difference one person can make in the world.
This is the book to read if you want a readable introduction to the life and times of Fr. Damien.