Colm Tóibín Free The Testament of Mary


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  • The Testament of Mary
  • Colm Tóibín
  • English
  • 17 January 2019
  • 9781451688382

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    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 thi

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    My grandfather was a preacherI remember him as a kind man who liked to work in his garden but he was also a “f

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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 t

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    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 f

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    “The Testament of Mary” is a book I was aware of but had no burning desire to read When it was picked for my b

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    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 bu

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    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

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    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 litt

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    In this short piece Tóibín offers readers an insightful look into the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of his mother The story bec

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    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 tr

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The Testament of Mary

Provocative haunting and indelible Colm Tóibín’s portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity In 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 her keepers who provide her. 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 Bible and he would uietly sing hymns and tell me stories My grandmother would make buttermilk cornbread and he and I would talk about his lessonsMy grandfather asked me once if I understood that Jesus had been a man that he had been a child and had grown and that he had an earthly mother I think it was important for him to impart to me that God had come to us as a manIrish writer Colm T ib n s 2012 novella The Testament of Mary imbues the story of Christ with a lasting and very real image of that humanity Told from the perspective of an aging Mary not long for this world with little left to her but memories many painful and difficult to recallMary s memories of her son in the distant but still hurtful past are of her deep love for her little boy who grew to be a man whom she did not completely understand Surrounded by a group of misfits Mary s son became something different than what she had expected him to be and surrounded by attention that she did not welcomeIn her final years she is attended by those who would chronicle the miracles and who look on her as related to deity The tale T ib n tells though is from a strong willed woman a mother who lives with pain regrets and even some bitterness Far from the beatific Mary of legend this is a hard woman with practical concerns and recollections who stands apart from those who would worship her son and by extension her Her remembrance of Lazarus was an especially poignant anecdote that does much to set the tone of T ib n s narrativeMary is also described as a Hebrew woman living in a pagan time and place having come to live her final years in Ephesus in modern Turkey Historically accurate Mary would have lived in a cultural crossroads with a great many influences and theological backgrounds Looking back on this I think this was an obliue but important aspect of this work By placing the setting in this place and at this time and all the while telling a revisionist somewhat contrarian image of Mary T ib n has made a statement about the complexities not just of this region but also about religion as a whole It is important to note that the author does not discount or uestion the deity of Christ only describes an alternate perspectiveWritten simply but with an evocation of great emotional depth Colm T ib n has given us a thoughtful mortal portrayal of Mary Girls of Brackenhill of Mary presents her as a solitary A Beautiful Dark older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative After We Fell of the New Testament and the foundation Damsels in Distress of Christianity In the ancient town The Thread of Ephesus Mary lives alone years after her son's crucifixion She has no interest in collaborating with the authors Renewing Pastoral Practice Trinitarian Perspectives on Pastoral Care And Counselling Explorations in Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology Explorations Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology of the Gospel her keepers who provide her. 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With food and shelter and visit her regularly 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 is eually harsh on her judgmen. 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 making parts of it seem newFirst off the text is beautifully written Astoundingly so at times I would place an example here but there are plenty in the text Read it and find some for yourself It is told in first person as if Mary is recounting her version of events The plotting and pacing of the book are also well done It is only 81 pages long and frankly that is one of its strengths Had it been longer I don t think the text would have the impact that it doesAfter hearing about the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus and witnessing the turning of water into wine for herself Mary spends the three years of Jesus ministry in near isolation in her home and only hears snippets of the events going on with her son This device keeps the focus on her as opposed to Jesus and her motherly disapproval of what she hears about and her worries over the attention that her son is receiving ring true as motherly actions Her perspective as his mother adds a tension to these well known stories The wedding where Jesus turns the water into wine is nerve racking mainly because of how Mary herself views the proceedingsThere is also a good device in the invented character of Marcus Mary s childhood friend through whom she hears details of her son s doings Marcus makes very practical observations about the events the novel portrays Another strong element is the characterization of Mary and Martha the sisters of Lazarus Mary is a convert someone who believes in the message Jesus delivers Martha is practical like Mary Jesus mother and is concerned about the dangers that Jesus ministry is putting all of them in The contrast is well written and gives the novel a sense of realismToibin also incorporates in subtle manner the inklings of the patriarchy that were to be a hallmark of early Christianity They are presented in the context of the story and never remarked on but they are undeniably there It is a clever touchMary s version of the crucifixion is heartrending I held my breath as a mother watched the murder of her son The simplicity and honesty in which her character delivers the details of this event is a very strong facet of the bookI am a Christian and I was not offended by this text I viewed it as an interesting piece of fiction It is a good novella and boasts some of the best writing I have read in years Give it a chance approach it on its own terms and I don t think you will be disappointed

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T of others This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile loving silent long suffering obedient worshipful mother of Christ becomes in Toibin’s searing evocation a tragic heroine with the relentless elouence of Electra or Medea or Antigone This tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transform. This is such a lovely book A very dear friend of mine is a bit obsessed with T ib n 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 so beautifully crafted and they deserve to be spoken They sing they fill your mouthAnd this is a wonderful retelling of the Jesus myth told from the perspective of his mother Of her watching as her son becomes something she barely recognises surrounding himself with earnest angry certain men dear God spare us from certainty How these men continue to remake her son in their image long after he has died I m sure certain Christians will have trouble with reading this book but such are the kinds of Christians who say they only read one book but really haven t even read that very closely either It is pretty clear in the Bible that Mary wasn t always utterly convinced that her little boy was divine For the myth to work this does basically need to be the caseAs I was reading this I kept thinking you know what McCandless when you review this you are going to say this is basically a Piet if a literary one If you are not sure what that means Google image Piet And of course how could it be anything else surely other than his birth the death of Christ is Mary s main walk on piece But I can t talk about this not without spoiling this wonderful book except of course what T ib n does with this is one of the things you are meant to be left thinking about in this story To me this is a book about nature of memory the way love and fear and terror are intimately and intricately bound together and how love changes with death as does memory When something seems perfectly right when it leaves an image in our minds we can barely think around it being so poignant and sublime how can it not also be perfectly true The Piet is a stunning case in pointI m going to have to stop now it seems odd to say that one could really spoil this story for surely isn t this one of the most known stories in our culture yes Jesus dies in the end who d have thought but what is done here particularly with the beautiful references at the end to Artemis the virgin huntress need to be allowed the time T ib n takes over them need to be allowed to work their magic This is such a short book but one that is strikingly beautiful like I said it contains prose that tastes like honey as it spills from your lips You really should read this it is a stunning piece of writing Soulbinder (Spellslinger, others This woman who we know from centuries Venus in the Cloister: or, the Nun in her Smock of paintings and scripture as the docile loving silent long suffering Витез заточнк obedient worshipful mother Semper Idem of Electra Holiday Roommates or Medea Second Chances or Antigone This tour de force Mali pirat our image Puck You of Mary will be forever transform. 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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