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The Secret Scripture: A Novel (urspr publ 2008; utgåvan 2009)

av Sebastian Barry (Författare)

Serier: McNulty Family (4)

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Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her hundredth year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Meanwhile, the hospital is preparing to close and is evaluating its patients to determine whether they can return to society. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls. As doctor and patient attempt to understand each other, they begin to uncover long-buried secrets about themselves.… (mer)
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Titel:The Secret Scripture: A Novel
Författare:Sebastian Barry (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (2009), Edition: unknown, 336 pages
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Devastating story of the impact when church and state are too cosy, as was the case in 1920s Sligo, Ireland for Roseanne Clear. Number 2 in a trilogy (I didn't know!) but still works as a stand-alone. ( )
  Teresa1966 | Dec 22, 2020 |
A dark and engaging story that takes into account the life of ordinary people in Ireland at the time of the War of Independence and the follow-on Civil Way (1916-22). The protagonist, Roseanne, has her story told from diary entries recounting her memory from her childhood and young adulthood at this period. Well crafted, at times brilliantly written with a narrative that is careful not to choose sides in a complex recent history. Well worth a read, albeit the main story is a little too nicely wrapped up at its conclusion. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
I will admit that I just about tossed it several times, even as I wanted to read a story about Ireland. I think you will enjoy it. There are two POVs, an old woman, a patient in the Regional Mental Hospital. Dr. Grene has been asked to evaluate her because the hospital is going to be town down and they need to know what to do with her. She's nearing 100 so they just can't toss her out. As they each tell their stories, Roseann remembering her life, and Dr. Grene evaluating, truths and untruths unfold, like anyone's past does. I don't think I will forget it. ( )
  melsbks | Aug 14, 2020 |
The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry, author; Wanda McCaddon, Ella Turrenne, narrator
The story takes place in a village in Sligo, Ireland. Roseanne Clair is married to Tom McNulty, from a faithful Catholic family. The Catholic Church controlled their lives. It made the rules they lived by, and Roseanne was Episcopalian. Therefore she was shunned and disliked by Tom’s mother. In addition, Roseanne’s father was the gravedigger. He had problems because of his political beliefs, and her mother was in an insane asylum. She lacked an acceptable pedigree.
One day, when she took a walk, a man approached her. Her conversation with this man was witnessed by the local priest. He believed she had done more than speak to him and acted sinfully. Her mother in law did not care for her, and so they conspired against her. Tom never spoke to her again. Everyone turned against her. Then her marriage was annulled.
One day, her husband’s brother, Eneas, running from what he believed was great danger, appeared on her doorstep. She was so lonely. They made love and Roseanne became pregnant. After the birth of the child, she fell asleep and the baby was spirited away. She had no idea who had taken her son, and she never found out. Because of her mother’s history, it was easy for the McNulty’s to accuse her of being mentally ill. The priest accused her of suffering from Nymphomania which was considered a shameful mental illness. She didn’t even know what the word meant, but she was soon locked up in a mental institution. After being abused, she was transferred to an asylum, where her mother was a patient and her former father-in-law was employed. There she spent the remainder of her life, not being allowed to see her mother and receiving few visitors, if any. The asylum became her home. She and the doctor became good friends.
Because she did not want to die without leaving some record of her life, she kept a journal hidden under the floorboards of her room, hoping someone would discover the loose boards and rescue it after she passed. She was about 100 years old and totally alone. She had no one but her papers to confide to, and she faithfully wrote down what she hoped were her accurate memories. She wrote what she believed was the truth of her past. She endeared herself to me with her forgiving, gentle personality.
At this time, the asylum she has been living in is deemed no longer habitable, and it is being razed. All the patients will be moved, but first the doctor has to verify their need to be kept locked up. Her records are flimsy and Dr. Grene, who had become her friend, after so many years, offers her, her freedom if he is unable to find records to justify keeping her there. However, where would she go at this stage of her life? It seems to her that she has always lived there. He begins to do some research to learn more about her and what he finds out is shocking. Dr. Grene also keeps a journal, and it is through these journals that the story unfolds.
Roseanne was simply moved around like a chess piece. She had no advocates. She was thought to be strange. She believed in ghosts, heard voices, had visions, and questioned her own memories. It is a bittersweet description of the unfulfilled life of this ancient woman, at a time when women had few rights, at a time when Ireland had its own political problems and religious dogma ruled.
The book is well written in a prose that is authentic for the times described and the narrator had the most marvelous accent and interpretation of the characters. She never became overbearing. When the story ends, all of the dots will be connected, and the relationships shared by the characters will be revealed. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Apr 15, 2020 |
A novel about an elderly Irish woman, Roseanne McNulty, living in a large, rambling hospital that has been her home for decades and is now going to be knocked down. She decides to look back over her life and write down her own account in secret. Alongside this story is that of Dr Grene, the psychiatrist, who is supposed to be assessing Roseanne to decide where she will go when the hospital closes but instead he becomes fascinated by her and the reader also becomes involved in his own sad story. Within all of this is the history of the Irish Civil War and how that affected communities, the abuse of the church and a discussion about memories and truth. Quite a lot to fit into a fairly short novel. In some ways it is an excellently told story that I was engaged with but the ending was somewhat unsatisfactory and contrived. The novel seems to decide not to take sides about who is good and who is bad and offers explanations for the hurtful and abusive actions of various characters. The revelation about the varying accounts of the same story and that both of them are true in their own way is a little clumsy among the rest of the lovely writing. ( )
  CarolKub | Sep 30, 2019 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Barry, SebastianFörfattareprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hogan, StephenReadermedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Janzon, Leifmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Jonkers, JohannesÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
McCaddon, WandaReadermedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Rosenbloom, MiriamOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her hundredth year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Meanwhile, the hospital is preparing to close and is evaluating its patients to determine whether they can return to society. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls. As doctor and patient attempt to understand each other, they begin to uncover long-buried secrets about themselves.

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