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The testament of Mary /
Colm Tóibín.
imprint
Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012.
description
104 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0771084145, 9780771084140
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imprint
Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012.
isbn
0771084145
9780771084140
catalogue key
8934814
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Review Quotes
"Toibin's craft is immaculate." -- Pico Iyer, New York Times Book Review "Here is a writer who quietly watches and reports, shocked at nothing, missing nothing." -- Globe and Mail "Reading Tóibín is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect. . . . " -- Times Literary Supplement "A supreme writer who only improves . . . " -- The Times(UK)
"Toibin's craft is immaculate." -- Pico Iyer, New York Times Book Review "Here is a writer who quietly watches and reports, shocked at nothing, missing nothing." -- Globe and Mail "Reading Tóibín is like watching an artist paint one small stroke after another until suddenly the finished picture emerges to shattering effect. . . . " -- Times Literary Supplement "A supreme writer who only improves . . . " -- The Times (UK)
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Boston Globe, December 2012
Globe & Mail, December 2012
San Francisco Chronicle, December 2012
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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 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 equally harsh on her judgement 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 a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence 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.

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