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The Testament of Mary 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year Literary Fiction and Solo Narration—Female“Tóibín is at his lyrical best in this beautiful and daring work” The New York Times Book Review that portrays Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity—shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeIn 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 who are her keepers 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 eually 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 elouence 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


About the Author: Colm Tóibín

Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy Co Wexford in 1955 He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978 Out of his experience in Barcelona be produced two books the novel ‘The South’ shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and winner of the Irish Times Aer Lingus First Fiction Award and ‘Homage to Barcelona’ both published in 1990 When he retur



10 thoughts on “The Testament of Mary

  1. says:

    Image source hereGentle stoical visceral pain leaches from every page into my fingers till my very blood is charged with it The agony of wounds and guilt yes but the balm of forgiveness too I hope“ I did not think that the cursed shadow of what had happened would ever lift It pumped darkness It was a heaviness in me that often became a weight which I could not carry”The devout may find this too hereticalMilitant a


  2. says:

    My grandfather was a preacherI remember him as a kind man who liked to work in his garden but he was also a “fire and brimstone” orator who would deliver Jonathon Edwards like sermons This was rural Tennessee in the mid 70s and I recall standing in the back of the church with him and stoic men in overalls and stiff jackets shaking his hand and thanking him for “the message”He liked to ask me what I knew about the Bibl


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    ‘’Because the world is a place of silence the sky at night when the birds have gone is a vast silent place No words will make the slightest difference to the sky at night’’A few years after the events of that nightmarish week Mary is visited by two men who wish to write about everything that happened Mary doesn’t want to talk to them or to anyone They can’t understand How could they possibly understand what it is to wat


  4. says:

    I read The Testament of Mary before dawn on this Easter Sunday A coincidence but not altogether without significance It is an Easter Sunday direct dialed from heaven every color in the dyed egg basket is reflected in spring’s delicate light from the cornflower blue sky to the coral pink sunrise to the daffodils in scene stealing yellow It is a day to believe in Resurrection and rebirth Yet I am not a Believer in the Christian sense That Je


  5. says:

    “The Testament of Mary” is a book I was aware of but had no burning desire to read When it was picked for my book club I read it and I am glad that I did The idea for the story is great Putting aside the faith based aspect of the Christ story what would a mother think of her son in the circumstances that surrounded the last three year of Jesus’ life? I believe that Colm Toibin has done a good job at taking a story that is known by most and mak


  6. says:

    OK I'll start with the jokes A laconic Jewish mother? Let me tell you if they would have nailed me to a cross when I was about 30 years old my mom would have had way than 20K words to say about it And this book? It's the only part of the New Testament with the exception of Revelation that I've ever read The Old Testament? I've read that backwards Hebrew and forwards Yinglish complete with footnotes Here we get Mary kvetchy as anything but also ice cold san


  7. says:

    35 stars rounded up for the audio version of The Testament of Mary as narrated by Meryl Streep This is Mary's story as she tells it Her thoughts opinions and self doubt all laid bare in a most intimate fashion on the page There are no words wasted in the telling of this narrative which results in a book that is very short but incredibly tightly written Listening to this book is a very powerful experience exactly what one would expect from the wonderful Ms Streep Sh


  8. says:

    This is such a lovely book A very dear friend of mine is a bit obsessed with Tóibín madly in love with his writing and really doesn’t think he could ever put a foot wrong And reading this it is hard not to agree I found myself reading large parts of this aloud unable to resist hearing the words – I virtually finished it in one sitting but fell asleep last night and then read what was left on the train today a little upset I had to read it to myself The sentences are


  9. says:

    In this short piece Tóibín offers readers an insightful look into the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of his mother The story becomes a monologue delivered by Mary that weaves throughout the life of her son though she will never use his name Mary offers memories from the evolving life of Jesus adding editorial commentary when it suits her best Choosing to see the disciples as a collection of vagrants and vagabonds Mary cannot always understand why Jesus would associate


  10. says:

    Meryl Streep reads Mary of NazarethMy god this is gorgeous If you read this book you MUST use the audio version It's a monologue Streep brings Mary to life as a bitter realistic mother This novel was just beautiful on its tragic honesty giving the reader brutal insight into Mary's thoughts and opinions about the misfits and this son of god business I remember years ago reading The Master by this same author and absolutely loving it too He may be a new go to writer for me#96 audio


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