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Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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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
Jul 12, 2011 Judy rated it liked it
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
Dec 30, 2008 Greta rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2009 Marian Yee rated it it was amazing
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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Ron Ireland
Sep 13, 2015 Ron Ireland rated it it was amazing
May make you want to read biographies... this is a good one for physicians to read!
Liz
Jan 25, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Read it many years ago
Elsbeth
Sep 19, 2009 Elsbeth rated it liked it
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
Feb 27, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2014 Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
fascinating history re: the leper colony on Molokai island in Hawaii, would appeal to those interested in public health and colonialism
Megan
Mar 21, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written account of the lepers of Molokai.
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Oct 12, 2013 Danny rated it liked it
Pretty dry
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