I think the idea of this book is a portray of the real Mary, not depicted through the second hand telling of the bible, which served the clear purpose of promoting a new religion. This is such a lovely book. I am not a religious person and generally don’t react well to fiction based on religious themes — Marilynne Robinson is a good example of an excellent novelist who falls victim to this bias for me. It was not pleasurable but the book was short--so we persisted. Director Garry Hynes keeps the staging to an austere minimum: in a barely furnished room, the shifting light and overhead projection of cloud formations are the only accompaniments to Marie Mullen's occasionally tentative delivery. you will have eternal rest very soon." I agree with/share the same question: “What could a literary jury have found in this book that caused them to rate it as one of the 13 best novels published this year?” If it lands in the shortlist, then I’ll really be confused. The dramatic version also was mounted on Broadway earlier this year, to decidedly mixed results — while it garnered three Tony nominations (including Best Play), small audiences meant it closed after only two weeks of a scheduled 12-week run. the Conversion of Those who Blaspheme Our Blessed Mother The premise that Mary viewed her son as just another boy, with some disturbing thoughts and leadership tendencies, is worth a bit of exploration. [15] The production received two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations but did not win. world, this counterfeit Mary disdainfully quips:“‘The world?’ I How long will you survive the Wooden crucifixes adhere better Post was not sent - check your email addresses! the Roses Awesome Bayside Prophecies... Our Lord stated we must I’m not a religious person (I was not raised in any faith) but am intrigued by Catholicism as a form of “theatre”. friend. Consider for example her characterization of the “misfits” her son attracts, known as disciples to the faithful: But I should have paid more attention to that time before he left, to who came to the house, to what was discussed at my table. the Creator Himself, to whom they owe their existence even more than The writing is fantastic, the thoughts and feeling of Mary, the same as mother's everywhere. with this great grace you have great responsibility to send this Message from Douay-Rheims Bibles, the Is it really possible to crack open that carapace and expose the authentic, historical human being underneath? It was not shyness or reticence that made me spend my time in the kitchen when those I did not know came, it was boredom. But Tóibín’s initial choice of drama as the vehicle through which to … A cheaply-produced mass market version would probably come in at about 40 pages. One of the most shocking acts a person can do is to She doesn't understand how he became the leader of a cult that harbours misfits from all walks of life and is controlled by a hierarchy of men, the apostles, who seem cold and calculating. "Amen, amen, I say to you: unless mankind returns God the Eternal Father to his Mary has witnessed a brutal death, and of course is changed by it. As well as being very keen on Toibin’s writing, I am interested to see if there is any hint by the author that Jesus had a personality disorder or perhaps “inclination towards” grandiosity, as in mood disorder. I was looking forward to reading this book. sorely needed, for the numbers of sin, those children in sin, are counted now blasphemies that has been building for years. before God's judgments fall upon us... Click The language is lyrical and the story provoking. The absence in Mary of any clue that her son is not of her husband, whose empty chair leaves an indelible image, offers a story far more plausible than that which those who followed Jesus will eventually tell, fifty or so years after the fact. And yet, it seems fitting to sit in a communal space and remember all the other congregations down the centuries who have worshipped a mother, who, in this interpretation, is herself in need of the succour of a female deity: the virgin goddess, Artemis. I found myself reading large parts of this aloud, unable to resist hearing the words – I virtually finished it in one sitting, but fell asleep last night and then read what was left on the train today, a little upset I had to read it to myself. She clearly doubts the stories that are spread about him walking on water, providing loaves and fishes to a multitude of people, and certainly not the water into. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Hoping when i picked it up for something as meaty and truly subversive as Crace’s Quarantine, I was disappointed. to the Kingdom. [1], His blasphemous play is being presented at the Walter Kerr In reviewing the Dublin 2011 performance, a reviewer for The Guardianwrote: "With its poetic diction, historical allusion and philosophical range, this demanding script at times seems more suited to aural narration than theatrical performance. They sing, they fill your mouth. spiritually and materially. Welcome back. (Jesus, 6-18-93), "All who have closed their hearts to My Mother’s message will be brought down to [back you will have eternal rest very soon." cheer.”[8], At the hour of Crucifixion — Tóibín continues — she For her own protection, she was told. besides being written by an avowed homosexual, at the Walter Kerr Box 40, 3.5 stars rounded up for the audio version of, This is such a lovely book. parents that you’re gay? I suspect even more upsetting to Christian believers is Mary’s reaction when her two guardian disciples explain the virgin birth to her: ‘She does not understand,’ he said to his companion, and it was true. The Testament of Mary is presented as a missing part of the Bible told in the first person by Mary, Jesus’ mother. 20, 2013. All rights you will not be protected without the sacramentals. and even idolatrous woman — this is how Irish author Colm Tóibín As we listen to the clear and (should I say?) I felt throughout that the stage version would probably have been a better experience — a talented actress would use intonation and gesture to add depth to the text. Also, email or mail a copy of this web page to I repeat:  not the sin of Heaven throughout the world, for if you are able to recover just one more for Every North American must read the quotes in this article are from this edition of the novel. Colm wove together Biblical stories that we all remember with complete fiction - i.e. "[9], The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property protested at the first preview of the play and again at its opening, asserting that the depiction of Mary in the play is blasphemous. A shame, as I love Toibin and this was the only one I was looking forward to, but simply making Mary ordinary isn’t that intrinsically interesting. They are in possession of great power; so wear your sacramentals, and "[11], The Testament of Mary received three nominations for Tony Awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. I think it might have to do with the nearness of death. protection in the days ahead... A very dear friend of mine is a bit obsessed with Tóibín, madly in love with his writing and really doesn’t think he could ever put a foot wrong. In the role is the Helpmann Award-winning Alison Whyte ( Love and Information , Travelling North ), an actor renowned for her visceral connection to language, her intelligence and her deep reserves of empathy.