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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Colm Toibin - The Testament of Mary

This book reviewed live on bookshow by Maggie Perkovic on 12th Dec 2013.
 I quote from the blurb on the back:
of the book. This is Mary. A mother whose son was taken from her and lost to the world.
A woman who now lives in exile, watched by those who seek to preserve the sanctity
of her son's memory. But Mary's recollections of his difficult life and tragic death
are a truth few who know her son now recognise.  As the myths grow around her like
walls, so Mary clings to the truth, revealing, in a time of turmoil and profound change,
her own fragile humanity.
Now I have a great problem with this book. I was brought up a Catholic, went only to
Catholic schools and finally a Convent, so I am very steeped in the Life and death of
Jesus Christ and his Mother. The whole point of this was that at all times Mary knew
her Son was the son of God, not a Freedom Fighter as this book suggests.
At the age of twelve he was preaching in the Temple, and reminded his parents that
he must be about his Father's work. So there is no chance she would, as this author
suggests, try to change his mind or try to deflect him from his purpose in life.
She and Mary Magdalen kept vigil at the Crucifixion, Veronica wiped his face
as he carried the cross to Calvary. Mary Magdalen was the first to see him after
the Resurrection. To try and leave out all women that featured in his life is wrong.
To treat some of the Apostles, who were making a story of his life as enemies
seems totally unecessary to my thinking.
In fact I did not like this book one bit, Booker nominated or not. Maggie Perkovic.

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