2013 Longlisted: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín #3

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The Testament of Mary

A Novel by Colm Tóibín
2012 / 96 Pages

Whenever a writer gives voice to a religious figure, there is bound to be controversy, and this is certainly true for Colm Tóibín’s Man Booker Prize-nominated novella, The Testament of Mary.  Told from Mary’s perspective, the story recounts Mary’s experience during the capture and crucifixion of her son, Jesus.  Tóibín’s portrait of the Virgin Mother is not the typical Christian vision of a saintly and martyred woman – but of a grieving mother who is angry at the world and the heavens for the lifetime of pain and suffering she has endured.