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The Secret Scripture
The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The silent witness, 6 Nov. 2008
This review is from: The Secret Scripture (Hardcover)
This is the first book I have read by this author and I greatly enjoyed the energetic prose, style and philosophical musings. Barry strikes me as a genius at describing internal landscapes and internal dialogues . This trait however, in my estimation, works to his disadvantage as his scenes based in the external world are not as strong and in some places quite weak, and so create an imbalance in the overall quality of the work. For me, the apparent difficulty in differentiating the two voices was only rescued finally by the plot ending.

Unlike other reviewers here, I didn't see that this story was so much about Ireland, apart from being set there; I interpreted the issues as those common to all oppressed peoples and the challenges their collective and individual psyche's encounter as they emerge from their servitude to differentiate and discover their collective and individual identities. That Roseanne and her family suffered as symbolic of the foreign element was not surprising ( and contrary to Barry's fictious account, a poor ( on the scale of the widespread penuiary of the peasants) protestant was a rare one, even then,)given the repressed hostility of generations for their protestant english oppressors.

However, what Barry could have elaborated on and in doing so made this an even greater work, was the bludgeoned consciousness of Dr Greene, which without reference to its' roots, presented him as an emotional psychopath. More powerful than the clergy and church have ever been in Ireland, the medical fraternity commanded and still do worship and its' attendant scarifices (not only in Ireland is this the case unfortunately)

The question the book left unanswered was not why Roseanne was treated as she was ( this is well accounted for in the annuals of psychology), but what was Dr Geene's justification- why did he not behave as a human being, with the agency and power invested in him - how do we understand this inertia and disconnectedness in the educated man presented without the handicap of a dyfunctional family or other obstacle to his maturing character? We read he had an enlightened boss, one for whom Jung and Laing had great influence, but we fail to get even a morsel of evidence of how this manifested in practice. I fear Barry left too many questions unasked and so unanswered and so while it is a book that stays with you long after yo have finished reading it, in my case the lingering emotion is frustration.


Mario Tennis
Mario Tennis

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright and addictive., 29 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Mario Tennis (Video Game)
This game is verylike Pokemon Blue,Yellow or red in a tennis fashion.Once you get good at it it is guarenteed addictive.The adventure is only a small bit Mario,so you could call it well,normal tennis.The parts that contains a lot of Mario are the Mario mini games. They are very good exept when you start you can only be Luigi, Baby Mario or DK. This is ok for me because my favorite character is Luigi.This goes the same for exhibition mode too. If you get stuck on something it can get very boring.


Super Mario World - Super Mario Advance 2
Super Mario World - Super Mario Advance 2

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Report of Super Mario World-Super Mario Advance 2, 26 July 2002
This game (to be rated) is absolutely fabulous. In this game you get a choice of two games,Super Mario world or Mario Bros. classic.In Super Mario World the Mario Brothers(Mario and Luigi)must save Peach or in other words Princess Toadstool,from the feindish Bowzer.In this adventure you have to venture through castles and fortresses and if you're lucky enough ride the friendly back of Yoshi.In Mario Bros. you need to kick all the monsters off the screen.This game sounds easy but it is'nt so easy when you play.


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