The Last Foundling

The Last Foundling

Book - 2014
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Publisher: London : Pan Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781447253266
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Jan 08, 2019

Autobiography of a boy raised in the Foundling Home in London who is given up by his Mother in 1938 and is raised under a regime of harsh discipline. No one to give him a hug or show love. Leaving the Hospital at fifteen, he finds his mother and is reunited with her at last.

d2013 Oct 28, 2016

Well written and moving!

Jul 21, 2016

An excellent portrayal by the author of his life as an orphan in England. The unbearable loneliness of having no family haunts him throughout his early years, as well as the hardships of being institutionalized. There are, however, intervening times of happiness in various foster homes.
Although this was the situation for many of these orphans, they pale when one researches the plight of orphans throughout Canada during the same period of time. The monstrosities committed to "the Duplessis Orphans" by the government and Catholic Church are beyond belief but true. Also, the same type of abuse and genocide by The United Church and Catholic Church (and others?) to our Indigenous children in residential 'schools' is truly beyond criminal.
It is reported that it is far easier to adopt a child from a foreign country than through our Children's Aid Societies that many just give up. I personally know such a married couple who tried.
In summary, as we know, every baby/child needs a loving, nurturing family in order to achieve personal growth and stability. Fostering, although there are many well-meaning 'parents' is only temporary. It can also be a lucrative business - whereas adoption means true commitment.

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