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The Testament of Mary

Tóibín, Colm (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A provocative imagining of the later years of the mother of Jesus finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus years after her son's crucifixion and struggling with guilt, anger, and feelings that her son is not the son of God and that His sacrifice was not for a worthy cause.
Authors: Tóibín, Colm, 1955-
Title: The testament of Mary
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
Characteristics: 81 p. ;,23 cm
Notes: Originally published: Great Britain : Viking Penguin, 2012
Summary: A provocative imagining of the later years of the mother of Jesus finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus years after her son's crucifixion and struggling with guilt, anger, and feelings that her son is not the son of God and that His sacrifice was not for a worthy cause.
ISBN: 1442354941
9781442354944
1451690754
9781451690750
1451692382
9781451692389
1451688385
9781451688382
Statement of Responsibility: Colm Tóibín
Subject Headings: Apostles Fiction Jesus Christ Fiction Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint Fiction
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Religious fiction
Christian fiction
Topical Term: Apostles
LCCN: 2012007578
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Mar 24, 2014
  • blackling rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This short tome was refreshingly thoughtful of how the woman might think about her son's martyrdom! *It wasn't worth it*.

It spoke of how we are lower-brained, *homo-minicus*, and non-reflective much more than prefrontal cortex'd homo-sapiens.

It was insightful and by a man; what do you know?! Next men will be questioning why they have continued to promote war, bullying, aggression, domestic violence...

Thank you Colm Tiobin!

Dec 14, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i think i held my breath the whole time while reading this book

Oct 28, 2013
  • Raun rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

regardless of one's belief of the events described, this short book will fill the heart.

Sep 30, 2013
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written - nice to see Jesus portrayed as a mortal son, to the woman who bore him. Interesting to see the life of Jesus from Mary's perspective - and how his teaching started to revolutionize the times (from a review I read of another book about Jesus' life, apparently He wasn't the only teacher who was galvanizing people to action, just the most successful - it seems those were anarchic times). I found the ending somewhat mystifying.

Sep 20, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hardly a novella, much less a novel, more a scene.

Aug 15, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

emotional swirl of love and danger. not for the faint of heart nor the rigidly religious. captivating.

Jun 18, 2013
  • KSerá rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting perspective - certainly not the Sacra Conversazione version of the Virgin.

May 08, 2013
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant, wise, and beautifully written! This book fills my heart.

Feb 02, 2013
  • MaureenSalz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I could not put it down! Mesmerizing!

Jan 30, 2013
  • mythoughts rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absorbing and beautifully written novella. Mary's story, by Mr. Toibin, is deep and very moving. I was completely immersed in it and felt her pain as she described her son's crucifixion. This is a masterpiece.

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