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Philomena (Book)

PhilomenaBookAuthor: Martin Sixsmith
Genre: memoir
Year Published: 2013 (original: The Lost Child of Philomena Lee in 2010 )
Rating: Decent read

http://www.amazon.com/Philomena-Mother-Fifty-Year-Search-Tie-/dp/0143124722

A movie based on the same name book about how a mother who was forced to give up her son after giving birth in wedlock in the 50s and lived in an abbey. For all the years the son had tried a few times to find the mother, while the mother thought of him all the time but only 50 some years later, at a few glasses of wine, to reveal her lifelong pain, even she had been married a couple times with 2 kids later on.

Movie review:

https://livingfactors.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/philomena-movie/

While the movie has taken most of the details from the book, the focus of the book is entirely different. It focuses about 85% of Michael Hess’ life, from young to his rise and fall of his career, to his party lifestyle with drugs and sex. But he had never stopped searching for his birth mother who had given birth to him out of wedlock back in the 50s, forcing the mother to give him up at the convent and he was then adopted to America parents. His loss sense of identity was implied to his reasoning of pushing those who loved him, that when he thought his mother’s giving up on him made him not deserve of love.

This psychological reason was not totally known if true, but a bit of speculation since he had never stopped looking for his birth mother.

The book only contained the birth mother’s giving birth, a little about her in the beginning, sprinkling with the journalist Martin Sixsmith’s help to use his connections and networking to find information, as well as the last 10 pages how she came to finally find out her son missed her so much and ultimately asked to be buried back in the convent.

It’ a truly heartbreaking story but the book as she learned how Hess had saved up money to fly back to Roscrea Abbey but was denied the knowledge that his mother had the very same quest to look for him, and that he went back again to ask to be buried there years later because he was ill but was still denied the knowledge.

This might be to abide by law to keep the records sealed, but if both parties sought to be reunited for years, it would seem almost cruel and have them suffer the love.

One can only speculate if the nuns were only doing their job, or as the author implied through the eyes of Philomena, that it had something to do with the Sister Hildegard and Sister Anunciata did not have children of their own and that they believed the girl deserved to repent for the rest of her life for her sin.

The difference in the movie was that it spent most of the plot on Sixsmith and Philomena on their quest to find her son while the book spent most time on Hess’ life.

Keywords: Decentread, movie, adoption, bookreview, memoir, irish

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