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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, but not convincing, 13 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Testament of Mary (Kindle Edition)
A stylistically well-written very short, novel about Mary, mother of Jesus, recalling in old age her bitterness at the way her son provoked the religious and political authorities, and how she could not comprehend the way others interpreted events. She is enraged as surviving followers of Jesus twist her recollections to create a new religion. The most powerful sections of the novel are those describing the torment Lazarus suffers after being raised from the dead, and the horror of the crucifixion. But at the end of the novel I was not convinced by the characterisation of Mary, and was not sure that the novel had sufficient to say that was worthwhile.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2013 16:52:32 BDT
sue hoar says:
I Love Colm Toibin's work on the whole. But really didn't like this book. An interesting concept to look at the aging Mary looking back on her son's life and death but how accurate it is I don't know. If it is a truth it is Toibin's truth of his feelings about the Catholic Church. I am not interested in the deified plaster saint Mary but neither am I conviced by this embittered woman who frequents the Greek temple of Artemis (she was a religious Jewish woman) and who doubts her son's ministry. It reads like something of a polemic.
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