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Martin Sixsmith was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997, he was the BBC correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002, he worked as the director of communications and press secretary for Harriet Harman, Alistair Darling, and Stephen Byers. vis mere He is the author of two novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh. His non-fiction work, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, is the basis for the film Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Il trailer del film mi ispirava tantissimo, ma confesso di aver mancato di vederlo tra una cosa e l'altra. Quando ho scoperto che esisteva anche un libro, mi ci sono fiondata sopra senza esitazioni.

Ho avuto quasi subito un piccolo shock. Dal titolo italiano (e dal trailer del film), mi aspettavo la storia di lei e della sua ricerca del figlio. Invece, è per lo più la storia della vita del figlio (e infatti il titolo originale, molto più calzante, è The Lost Child of Philomena Lee).

Detto questo, non so bene da dove iniziare per descrivere quanto questo libro abbia fatto a pezzi il mio cuore. E questo a dispetto di alcune licenze poetiche che l'autore si è preso nel raccontare i fatti (e che, ne sono consapevole, fanno solo scena): ho alzato gli occhi al cielo, ma il mio naso è rimasto sprofondato nella lettura. E anche a dispetto del fatto che alcune parti sono davvero lente.
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lasiepedimore | 28 andre anmeldelser | Aug 28, 2023 |
I enjoyed this book, despite its limitations. It felt like a genuine attempt to imagine the life of a man who was born and raised in extraordinary and unjust circumstances. There is something very unique about a creative biography; this book is almost historical fiction set in the second half of the twentieth century. I don't think it's a genre I'll be hurrying back to, but I also wouldn't rule out reading it again.

There are essentially three main characters in this book - Philomena Lee, who is mostly featured in her absence; Mike Hess; and the journalist writing the story. I think the book could have been a masterpiece if more thought had gone into how those three characters were incorporated into the story. Instead, we get quite a straightforward narrative of the life of Mike Hess, apparently with lots of invention, interpolation and speculation. I made the mistake of thinking that the journalist had done extensive research to share with Philomena Lee and then turned it into a book. It would have been interesting to read what drove him to do that, or given that it's not quite what he did, it would have aided the book to have more written about what exactly the author was doing.

Nevertheless, reading this was a positive experience and I found myself very moved by the ending and very able to sympathise with Philomena Lee and Mike Hess.
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robfwalter | 28 andre anmeldelser | Jul 31, 2023 |
This is a bit of an odd book. I'd go so far as to call it fictional non-fiction, in the same sort of vein as Henri Charrière's [b:Papillon|6882|Papillon|Henri Charrière|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1327865561l/6882._SY75_.jpg|1289201], which is to say that main events in the book did happen, but there's also a hell of a lot of artistic license taken by Martin Sixsmith.

About halfway through, I realized that this book was written for only one person, Philomena Lee. I think that smoothed over the obvious exaggerations and made-up conversations that would otherwise have bothered me, because Philomena never got to know the child stolen from her by the Catholic church; he died almost 10 years before she even worked up the courage to admit he existed to her family.… (mere)
 
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xaverie | 28 andre anmeldelser | Apr 3, 2023 |
Well told true story which focuses on Michael Hess and the early stages of homosexuality, AIDS and working behind the scenes in government during the Reagan and Bush administrations simultaneously with Philomena connecting with Martin Sixsmith and convincing him to help her find Anthony (Michael). It's a sad story that illuminates some important 'behind closed doors' human condition elements. Oddly enough, the film tells the story strictly focused on the hunt for Michael rather than the details of his childhood and adoption to an American family.… (mere)
 
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Jonathan5 | 28 andre anmeldelser | Feb 20, 2023 |

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