This new biography, containing as yet undisclosed material, is a dramatic and fascinating story of one individual s commitment to a life devoted to the needs of others Those who read it will be moved by the selfless example he set, and hopefully want to imitate it


10 thoughts on “Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

  1. Lesley Lesley says:

    I have mixed feelings on this book so going in the middle with 3 stars.I believe as it appears to me this book was originally in another language so the translation to English makes the book language seem simpler than it was probably meant This Father is now a Saint and rightfully so, he did not agree with the treatment of people with leper It appears people of the church did not always approve or even like him for his actions, but his empathy and love for sick people was extraordinary


  2. Marie Greaney Marie Greaney says:

    It s hard to rate this book for the simple reason that it s a work of non fiction Treating it as such, I d have to say it seems a most complete history, but it was boring to read at times, possibly as a result of it having been translated from the Dutch So as a good read, well, no I m giving it a 3.But if you want every detail of Fr Damien s work among the lepers and the constant battles with and among his superiors, colleagues and Hawaiian authorities, this is probably the book,


  3. Anne Edmunds Anne Edmunds says:

    I admit the first time I d ever heard of Damien of Molokai was on an episode of This Old House Then again, when I heard that a movie had been made with BOTH Sam Neill and David Wenham the film isor less based on this book.This is a fascinating story of a fascinating and controversial life However, I believe the translation into English is a bit dodgy, leaving the book with a simplistic feel that I don t think it had in the origina I believe it was in Dutch not certain of that, t I admit the first time I d ever heard of Damien of Molokai was on an episode of This Old House Then again, when I heard that a movie had been made with BOTH Sam Neill and David Wenham the film isor less based on this book.This is a fascinating story of a fascinating and controversial life However, I believe the translation into English is a bit dodgy, leaving the book with a simplistic feel that I don t think it had in the origina I believe it was in Dutch not certain of that, though But sometimes it s vague and the terminology seems unsure of itself.Good though, I ve read it twice as I find his selfless life very inspirational


  4. Bobbie Bobbie says:

    This book, which was also made into a movie, draws such a clear picture of Father now saint Damien that we learn lessons we weren t expecting Yes, he was kind dedicated and loving to the lepers he served on Molokai However, the other side of him doesn t fit the goody two shoes vision we have of a saint He could be obstreperous and a real pain in the neck when trying to get the materials to meet the needs of his patients He was not well liked by the church people who got in his way May we This book, which was also made into a movie, draws such a clear picture of Father now saint Damien that we learn lessons we weren t expecting Yes, he was kind dedicated and loving to the lepers he served on Molokai However, the other side of him doesn t fit the goody two shoes vision we have of a saint He could be obstreperous and a real pain in the neck when trying to get the materials to meet the needs of his patients He was not well liked by the church people who got in his way May we all belike Father Damien