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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Thought Provoking and Engaging

I write as a psychologist. The power of the book lies in engagement with the author's projection of his inner world onto a "little known" yet highly mythologized character, that of Mary the mother of Jesus of Nazareth. The author's tortured inner world betrays qualities...
I write as a psychologist. The power of the book lies in engagement with the author's projection of his inner world onto a "little known" yet highly mythologized character, that of Mary the mother of Jesus of Nazareth. The author's tortured inner world betrays qualities of paranoia, depression and cynicism all of which are projected onto the character he portrays. Intensely engaging language and powerful descriptions of anguished inner conflict make for a thought-provoking reading experience. The major theme of belief/disbelief will invite the reader into taking a personal stand.

posted by 1866391 on March 8, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

9.99 for that few pages, I can't justify the expense

9.99 for that few pages, I can't justify the expense

posted by 74scruffy74 on December 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Thought Provoking and Engaging

    I write as a psychologist. The power of the book lies in engagement with the author's projection of his inner world onto a "little known" yet highly mythologized character, that of Mary the mother of Jesus of Nazareth. The author's tortured inner world betrays qualities of paranoia, depression and cynicism all of which are projected onto the character he portrays. Intensely engaging language and powerful descriptions of anguished inner conflict make for a thought-provoking reading experience. The major theme of belief/disbelief will invite the reader into taking a personal stand.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Thought provoking

    This little novella proposes a more realistic, human view of the crucifiction





    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

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    It makes no difference if you agree or disagree with this book.

    It makes no difference if you agree or disagree with this book.  It makes you think.  Great discussion starter for a book club and a short 
    read that is written very well.  His interview on NPR would also add to the discussion.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Toibin's The Testament of Mary

    Colm Toibin's writing in this (2011) dramatic monilogue now novella (2012) is like an illumination of a discovered ancient writing - vivid in colors and detail. Toibin's 'illumination' provides the reader with poinant insights into the Mother of Jesus which make her accessible and real, and equally so the Christian gospels as ancient narrative.
    This powerful and engaging quick read provides excellent material for book club discussions or for faith-based conversations.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Thought provoking

    Hope to see the production in New York

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    In the debate about the biblical canon it is apparent that choic

    In the debate about the biblical canon it is apparent that choices were made early on regarding what would be included and what would be excluded from
    Jewish, Catholic and Protestant canons. 
    Tóibín chooses to write about the choices made concerning the portrayal of Jesus  in the writings of the Gospels. It  seems that the characters who visit
    Mary, bullies that they are, want her to reinforce the agenda that they have in writing that portrayal; interestingly though unnamed they appear to be John
    the Evangelist and Paul, who never knew Jesus. Mary is a sad character; the joys of her life with Joseph and in the raising of her (their) son, are gone as
    Joseph has died and  in her view she loses her son when he begins his mission. She fears for her life even In Ephesus. She does eventually become friendly
    with a neighboring family of Greeks and goes to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus.
    Her descriptions of her life show one of memory, of prayers in the Jewish tradition, and indeed of an understanding of the worship of Artemis as an antidote to the
    oppression she feels as an ignored woman. A thoughtful book well-written and worth the read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Great read

    Haunting. Beautifully writing.

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