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The Testament of Mary - Colm Tóibín
The Testament of Mary
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013From the author of Brooklyn comes a short, powerful novel about one of the most famous mothers in history.In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief.... show more
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013From the author of Brooklyn comes a short, powerful novel about one of the most famous mothers in history.In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change. As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of six novels, including The Blackwater Lightship, The Master, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award, and two collections of stories, Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family.
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Format: kindle
ISBN: 9780241962992
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 114
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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