The Testament of Mary
Publish date: October 30th 2012
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Pages no: 112
Edition language: English
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Meryl Streep did a tremendous job narrating as Mary in this historical fiction account of Mary as a widow recounting the stories of her son's life. This Mary does not believe her son is the son of God and, although the apostles are caring for her does not like them at all. It is generally the story ...
This is a literary novella that imagines Mary as a bitter older woman looking back on her life and on Jesus’s crucifixion. Biblical retellings are not my typical reading material, and I’m not sure why I chose this one. To someone not raised to revere Mary as a religious icon, Toibin’s portrayal of h...
So that was more or less as depressing as hell. However, I very much liked the voice of the character, both as written and as read by Meryl Streep , and I think it has some very interesting things to say about Redemptive Suffering and how it's BS. I'd rec it to anyone interested in theology, with th...
First of all, Meryl Streep. Even if I had not been already interested in this novel, finding out it's read by Meryl Streep? I'm in. And she was brilliant.The novel itself is a different side to the traditionally told story of the life of Jesus - what if the version passed down through history isn't ...
In this story, Mary is reaching the end of her days and she is still shattered by what she witnessed and what she ran away from. And there is the mother's guilt. Lots of that. And strength. And anger. Lots of that, too. Mary clearly comes across differently here than the Church would have her. And t...