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The Testament of Mary - Colm Tóibín
The Testament of Mary
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PROVOCATIVE, HAUNTING AND INDELIBLE, Colm Tóibín’s portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her... show more
PROVOCATIVE, HAUNTING AND INDELIBLE, Colm Tóibín’s portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it”; nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples. Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibín’s tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781451690750 (1451690754)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
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nospin
nospin rated it
4.5 Audible version narrated by Meryl Streep
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 ...
Merle
Merle rated it
3.0 The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
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...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
4.0 The Testament of Mary
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...
As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves rated it
4.5
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 ...
KatieC
KatieC rated it
4.5 The Testament of Mary
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...
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