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The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
The Secret Scripture
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The acclaim that has greeted Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture is varied and enthusiastic, and it's not hard to see why. When Frank McGuiness praised it for ‘raw, rough beauty’ and described Sebastian Barry's fiction as ‘unique’ and ‘magnificent’, this claim was no hostage to fortune; just a... show more
The acclaim that has greeted Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture is varied and enthusiastic, and it's not hard to see why. When Frank McGuiness praised it for ‘raw, rough beauty’ and described Sebastian Barry's fiction as ‘unique’ and ‘magnificent’, this claim was no hostage to fortune; just a few sentences of the prose here will convince most readers of the justice of those words. As in the best-selling A Long Long Way, Barry is concerned with the imperatives of telling a story, but in a literary form that is rich with both psychological understanding and a skilful conjuring of time and place.Roseanne McNulty may (or may not) be on the point of nearing her 100th birthday -- but there is little certainty about this fact. In her twilight years, her destiny is uncertain, as the Roscommon Mental Hospital -- her home for so many years of her life -- is on the point of closing. As the fateful hour approaches, Roseanne spends her time of talking to her psychiatrist of many years, Dr Grene. The relationship between the two is strangely interdependent, and the doctor is also attempting to come to terms with the death of his wife. As we learn more about the two principal protagonists, we are presented with a rich and subtle picture of human relationships -- and the (often unintentional) damages that we all do to each other. The form of the book consists of the separate journals of Roseanne and Dr Grene, and we gradually learn about Roseanne’s family in Sligo in the 1930s. What emergence is a poignant personal history; it is also a subtly ambitious picture of nothing less than the Irish psyche at a particular point in its history. There are echoes here of another great Irish chronicler of the human condition, William Trevor, and The Secret Scripture is no worse for that. --Barry Forshaw
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780571215287 (0571215289)
ASIN: 0571215289
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Read Write Read
Read Write Read rated it
5.0 Secret Scripture
I loved this book. It is beautifully written and even though so much of it is utterly tragic, I wish I hadn't finished it. Another wonderful book from an Irish writer.
Prerazmišljavanje
Prerazmišljavanje rated it
4.0 Secret Scripture
Pitka, ali ne na običan način. Skoro savršeni portreti čak i sporednih ličnosti.
Chew & Digest Books
Chew & Digest Books rated it
4.0 The Secret Scripture
The ending was a bit of a let down like others have mentioned. The words though, the style... they roll of your tongue and envelop you with the Irish lilt. For me, it is like going home even though I have never been there.
Story Driven
Story Driven rated it
3.0 Secret Scripture
I enjoyed this book, especially the voice of the 100 year old Irish woman, but I found the ending a bit frustrating so I have only given the book three stars. The story was engaging and kept me interested throughout.
The City Of Invention
The City Of Invention rated it
5.0 Lyrical Irish Masterpiece
The story of a forgotten old woman in a mental asylum in the West of Ireland, The Secret Scripture is written in beautiful prose, as packed tight with imagery as anything by Synge or O’Casey and equally full of a bitter-sweet humour. The central characer, Roseanne McNulty, tells her own story and in...
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