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The Testament of Mary

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 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 October 11, 2013

    A REVELATION!!

    The Testament of Mary is easily one of the most talked about books of the year, and this audio book will only add to the buzz. Brutally honest, we meet the mother of Jesus in her elder years, cared for (or is she kept?), by some of the disciples in the ancient port city of Ephesus. As she reminisces about her experiences, her son's ministry, and the aftermath of his death, she pulls no punches: she is as hard on herself as she is on those who are providing for her. She revisits the wedding at Cana, the raising of Lazarus, and other moments in Jesus' public ministry with an undimmed eye. She brings new insights to many familiar episodes recorded in the gospels, coupled with her own powerful reflections. And if this isn't enough to hold your attention, Meryl Streep's masterful interpretation of the test is mesmerizing. Fluidly told, Streep's reading is compelling and inevitable. She invests the familiar figure of Jesus' mother with grit and absolute integrity. Her reading is nuanced with such skill that you will be tempted to listen to all three discs at one sitting. Go ahead! Be overwhelmed. Let Mary speak without interruption. When she is finished, she will be as strong as she was when she began and you, well, you will be exhausted, drained by her passion and moved by her story. On the page, this narrative is monumental; to the ear, the story is unforgettable. When I bought the recording, it was offered for less money than the book; I bought both, and this is a double purchase I do not regret. You won't either. You may lend one or the other or both to friends and relatives, but you will always want them returned, and you will always know where they are on your bookshelf. This recording is as timeless as the story it tells.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    Haunting and disturbing to hear from Mary's view how heartbreaki

    Haunting and disturbing to hear from Mary's view how heartbreaking and sorrowful the experience of bearing witness to her Son's torture and execution truly was for her. My image of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has been changed forever, and Toibin's exquisite writing showcases her as a Mother, and how her story really needed to be told.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Wonderful; thoughtful; provocative.

    A bit heretical (from the official Catholic viewpoint), but a beautifully written novella.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

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    FINALLY

    A book about Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, that makes her feel REAL! The author has taken her out of the religious, mythical framework she has been resigned to all these centuries and given her thoughts, feelings and actions that made me feel that mothers of sons in her time --godly or ungodly --and in ANY time, could easily wrap their arms around and cry AMEN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    excellent

    perfect

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