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The Testament of Mary Provocative, haunting, and indelible, Colm T ib n 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 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 judgment 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 eloquence 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 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 returned to Ireland in 1978 he worked as a journalist for In Dublin , Hibernia and The Sunday Tribune , becoming features editor of In Dublin in 1981 and editor of Magill, Ireland s current affairs magazine, in 1982 He left Magill in 1985 and travelled in Africa and South America His journalism from the 1980s was collected in The Trial of the Generals 1990 His other work as a journalist and travel writer includes Bad Blood A Walk Along the Irish Border 1987 and The Sign of the Cross Travels in Catholic Europe 1994 His other novels are The Heather Blazing 1992, winner of the Encore Award The Story of the Night 1996, winner of the Ferro Grumley Prize The Blackwater Lightship 1999, shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize and the Booker Prize and made into a film starring Angela Lansbury The Master 2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize the Prix du Meilleur Livre the LA Times Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize Brooklyn 2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year His short story collections are Mothers and Sons 2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize and The Empty Family 2010 His play Beauty in a Broken Place was performed at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in 2004 His other books include The Modern Library the 200 Best Novels Since 1950 with Carmen Callil Lady Gregory s Toothbrush 2002 Love in a Dark Time Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar 2002 and All a Novelist Needs Essays on Henry James 2010 He has edited The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction His work has been translated into thirty languages In 2008, a book of essays on his work Reading Colm Toibin , edited by Paul Delaney, was published He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and from University College Dublin He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books In 2006 he was appointed to the Arts Council in Ireland He has twice been Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford University and also been a visiting writer at the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin He is currently Leonard Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University.



10 thoughts on “The Testament of Mary

  1. says:

    Image source here.Gentle, 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 happen


  2. says:

    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 ab


  3. says:

    My grandfather was a preacher.I 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 a


  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 s


  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 circumstanc


  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 waythan 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 T


  7. says:

    3.5 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


  8. says:

    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 o


  9. says:

    In this short piece, T ib n 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 comment


  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


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