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  • The Testament of Mary
  • Colm Tóibín
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  • 08 March 2017
  • 9781442354944

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Free download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub è Colm Tóibín Free read Ê The Testament of Mary ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Lives alone years after her son’s crucifixion She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel who are her keepers 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 s 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 sunrise to the daffodils in scene stealing yellow It is a day to believe in Resurrection and rebirth Yet I am not a Believer in the Christian sense That Jesus was a real man I have no doubt That he was a chosen being born to a virgin and endowed with super natural powers I cannot accept In that I share heart and mind with his mother Mary as envisioned by Colm T ib n These 81 pages are grim and transcendent they are a mother s reckoning with herself a full acceptance of grief and guilt Years after watching as her son was crucified on a cross in front of a jeering mob Mary shares the experience of being the mother of a demagogueMary is witness to the cheerful vulnerable child who develops into an arrogant impassioned man She presents his miracles as she observed them not discounting them entirely but offering enough doubt that we uestion not her loyalty but the sanity of those who remain convinced Ultimately however the greatest theme to her recollections is the uestion Was it worth it And the mother can only respond No Mary fled to Ephesus after her son s death in fear for her life There she finds greater peace with the ancient gods than with her own Judaism or the new faith bound to her son s life death and the legend of his resurrection But she is haunted by two men who appear in her home to interrogate her They are her captors and her protectors disciples of the Christ not present at his death T ib n explains in this Guardian podcast that one of the men is John which is confusing to this reader as John is one of the principal witnesses of the crucifixion the other impossible in historical terms but right in its literary context is the officious and vaguely threatening Paul These men urge and pressure Mary to relive that horrible last day so they can record and share the gospels they are writing Mary reveals her testament as a mother hollowed by the guilt of what she witnessed but could not prevent In an interview on NPR s Fresh Air last year the author rejected the notion that Irish writers are natural storytellers that they are imbued with an instinctive affiinty for words T ib n stated that he writes the silence the space between the words Nowhere in his work has this been evident than in The Testament of Mary This is not a work of religion nor of faith or doubt this is a book about a mother a theme present in many of T ib n s works and the empty space left at the death of a child Mary never once speaks her son s name The unnamed dead represents the black empty space T ib n explores In the same podcast the author also discussed what it cost him emotionally to envision the crucifixion of Christ to set himself in that place of excruciating physical pain It is rendered with terrible beauty told in the voice of a mother who feels every moment of her son s agony Mary is a symbol of peace and serenity and disturbing devotion Colm T ib n offers a brave and agonizing dimension she is rarely granted that of a tortured and lonely mother living alone with her grief Whatever your beliefs I hope you will allow Mary as T ib n does an even greater dimension one of a mother s humanity and grace

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The Testament of Mary

Free download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub è Colm Tóibín Free read Ê The Testament of Mary ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub He fled to save herself and her judgment of others is eually harsh This woman whom 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 elouence 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 transform 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 commentary when it suits her best Choosing to see the disciples as a collection of vagrants and vagabonds Mary cannot always understand why Jesus would associate with these fellows which is further exacerbated by her handling after the crucifixion Perhaps of greatest interest in the piece Mary explores the period of Jesus ministry depicting him as high on himself and trying to flaunt his connection to God as well as a miracle worker who like a carnival barker wants the attention brought towards him T ib n s presentation of Mary during the latter part of the ministry is perhaps the most stunning of all An interesting piece that explores Jesus Christ from the one human being who knew him best T ib n s writing is not one that should be dismissed as blasphemy though surely many will tryWhile not a guilty pleasure stories that surround biblical events hold interest for me though not when I am left with a sense of religious and spiritual inculcation T ib n does not do that in this piece though the reader should be well versed in some of the key events of the life of Jesus Offering a sobering look into the man s life Mary is able to balance the highly laudatory nature of the four Gospels Jesus was a boy a teenager and a man like any other which is sometimes lost on those who have such a reverence for him and the plight he suffered at the hands of the Romans I would venture to say that he was arrogant an ass at times and perhaps so focussed on laying the groundwork for his ministry that those closest to him were left in the dust both figuratively and in a literal sense T ib n does not stray from the first person narrative of Mary but is able to introduce a number of key characters into this story as seen through the eyes of the woman and not the Gospel writers The pace of the narrative was ideal keeping things moving but was not dismissive of events to save time Honest sentiment flowed freely from the piece which kept the entire story grounded and does not leave it as carte blanche acceptance of everything Sunday School and sermons have instilled Perhaps the greatest thing of all about this piece would be that Meryl Streep narrated the audiobook version using her stellar acting background to shade portions of the story in such a way that one could almost see Mary actually uttering these words Brilliant and has left me wondering why I have never read T ib n before nowKudos Mr T ib n on this short story that pushes the boundaries at every turn This is surely a piece that has created much hoopla in pews and around water coolers alikeLikehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at

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Free download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub è Colm Tóibín Free read Ê The Testament of Mary ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year Literary Fiction and Solo Narration Female“Tóibín is at his lyrical best in this beautiful and daring work” The New York Times Book Review that portrays Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeIn the ancient town of Ephesus Mary My grandfather was a preacherI 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 and stoic men in overalls and stiff jackets shaking his hand and thanking him for the message He liked to ask me what I knew about the Bible and he would uietly sing hymns and tell me stories My grandmother would make buttermilk cornbread and he and I would talk about his lessonsMy grandfather asked me once if I understood that Jesus had been a man that he had been a child and had grown and that he had an earthly mother I think it was important for him to impart to me that God had come to us as a manIrish writer Colm T ib n s 2012 novella The Testament of Mary imbues the story of Christ with a lasting and very real image of that humanity Told from the perspective of an aging Mary not long for this world with little left to her but memories many painful and difficult to recallMary s memories of her son in the distant but still hurtful past are of her deep love for her little boy who grew to be a man whom she did not completely understand Surrounded by a group of misfits Mary s son became something different than what she had expected him to be and surrounded by attention that she did not welcomeIn her final years she is attended by those who would chronicle the miracles and who look on her as related to deity The tale T ib n tells though is from a strong willed woman a mother who lives with pain regrets and even some bitterness Far from the beatific Mary of legend this is a hard woman with practical concerns and recollections who stands apart from those who would worship her son and by extension her Her remembrance of Lazarus was an especially poignant anecdote that does much to set the tone of T ib n s narrativeMary is also described as a Hebrew woman living in a pagan time and place having come to live her final years in Ephesus in modern Turkey Historically accurate Mary would have lived in a cultural crossroads with a great many influences and theological backgrounds Looking back on this I think this was an obliue but important aspect of this work By placing the setting in this place and at this time and all the while telling a revisionist somewhat contrarian image of Mary T ib n has made a statement about the complexities 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