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Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai

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"Beautifully written, deeply perceptive." -- Los Angeles Times

"An absolutely fascinating book." --The Washington Post
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by University of Hawaii Press (first published January 1973)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Like Father Damien of Molokai I had also once lived with lepers. Unlike him, however, I had lived with lepers at that time when modern medicine could already check the progress of the disease. So the lepers I had mingled with, although already scarred for life, were more or less already deemed "cured." The most common physical deformity I remember of them, practically all of them, was the way their hands looked. It seemed leprosy never exempt any of its victims with this: the fingers fold at the ...more
Judy
This is a great book to read in conjunction with Alan Brennert's Moloka'i. However, don't expect it to be a chronicling of Father Damien's good deeds, compassion, etc. I don't recall reading any accounts of his personal interaction with the leprosy patients. This disappointed me and is the reason I only gave it three stars. It is more about Damien's battles with the Catholic higher-ups in Honolulu. After reading this book, I have a lot of respect for his ability to get things done for the lepros ...more
Greta
This book isn't the best written...but I found the subject matter fascinating. If you are able to read between the lines and engage in some serious pondering you can get more from the book. Much of Father Damien's life and thoughts were private/limited or encasulated within communications related to his religious lifestyle... you can't help but wonder about the full complexities of his real day to life...this book does help you wonder, but it cannot give the satisfaction available from more mode ...more
Marian Yee
Makings of a saint. Controversial socioeconomic, political realities of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the mid-to-late 1880's of what Damien as a Catholic missionary was challenged against. Heroic feats and worldwide recognition he accomplished as a priest helping the lepers. His admirers included royalty and celebrities from all around the world, and they were very generous with gifts and donations.
It took 120 yrs for Fr Damien to be canonized as Saint Damien, but the issue actually came up upon his
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Elsbeth
well researched and written, can be a little dry and scholarly for a casual reader...lacks the excitement of John Tayman's book. But i recommend if you want to know more about Damien, his origins, and what brought him to Kalaupapa and Kalawao to care for leprosy patients.
Mike
Excellent book on a 19th century priest who reached sainthood in the 20th century for serving victims of the Hansens's disease on the island of Molokai. Not a happy book but very interesting. A life dedicated to the ostracized and sick.........
Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger
Another wonderful book about this blessed, godly man and his work with the lepers... His was the first bio of a Saint that I'd read as a child, and as an adult, I can't read enough about him.
Amy
fascinating history re: the leper colony on Molokai island in Hawaii, would appeal to those interested in public health and colonialism
Danny
Pretty dry
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