The Testament of Mary

Tóibín, Colm

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Testament of Mary
A provocative imagining of the later years of the mother of Jesus finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus years after her son's crucifixion and struggling with guilt, anger, and feelings that her son is not the son of God and that His sacrifice was not for a worthy cause.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451688382
Characteristics: 81 p. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 07, 2015

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Mar 24, 2014
  • blackling rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This short tome was refreshingly thoughtful of how the woman might think about her son's martyrdom! *It wasn't worth it*.

It spoke of how we are lower-brained, *homo-minicus*, and non-reflective much more than prefrontal cortex'd homo-sapiens.

It was insightful and by a man; what do you know?! Next men will be questioning why they have continued to promote war, bullying, aggression, domestic violence...

Thank you Colm Tiobin!

Feb 25, 2014
  • dirtbag1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A slightly different version of the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Written from the POV of Mary. Sometimes I found the writing to be a bit muddled.

Dec 14, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i think i held my breath the whole time while reading this book

Sep 30, 2013
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written - nice to see Jesus portrayed as a mortal son, to the woman who bore him. Interesting to see the life of Jesus from Mary's perspective - and how his teaching started to revolutionize the times (from a review I read of another book about Jesus' life, apparently He wasn't the only teacher who was galvanizing people to action, just the most successful - it seems those were anarchic times). I found the ending somewhat mystifying.

Sep 20, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hardly a novella, much less a novel, more a scene.

Aug 15, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

emotional swirl of love and danger. not for the faint of heart nor the rigidly religious. captivating.

Jun 18, 2013
  • KSerá rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting perspective - certainly not the Sacra Conversazione version of the Virgin.

May 08, 2013
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant, wise, and beautifully written! This book fills my heart.

Feb 02, 2013
  • MaureenSalz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I could not put it down! Mesmerizing!

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