Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful: a secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance.
Short listed for the Man Booker 2008 Prize
©2008 Sebastian Barry; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing
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""... I had my 4 dresses on , i was cosy...""
I could have screamed at Roseanne for the way she allowed every man to control her life but actually her character stayed true throughout the book and sometimes even content at the smallest joys. And yes, Helenbunter it does seem farfetched for a woman to wait 8 years to find out her fate but this only goes to show the absolute power of the catholic church and it's priests in Ireland during this period. After all , how do you hide years of abuse? With total control over your unquestioning flock. A great book with many wonderful lyrical passages and descriptions of Sligo.
"The Secret Scripture"
The harsh reality of living during the Catholic, Protestant rivalry in Ireland! A sad story which was quite depressing, I really had to make myself listen to this and it left me feeling hollow.
"The Most wonderful story ever told"
This is a book of untold strength and wisdom. It is intriguing, a story I could listen to again and again.
This is a haunting story of a woman whose life was taken out of her own hands for no reason other than the ignorance and closed mindedness of the age she grew up in. As she reflects on her life you begin to realize how lucky you are to live in the 21st century and how many lives were destroyed in the past merely for having an alternative personality or just not living life to the strict code laid down by others. The narrator is also fantastic and he captures the atmosphere of the story perfectly I think. This is definitely a story you will think about long after you finish listening to it.
Captivating from the outset, this beautiful yet harrowing, and at times spine-tingling story is equal parts poignant and profound. And if this isn't enough, the prose is delectably peeled off the parchment by the talented narration of Stephen Hogan.
"Reels you in and then breaks your heart"
Heartrending emotional rollercoaster
It reminded me a bit of Angela's ashes but that might be due to the Irish connection
Found his narration was full of emotional depth which made the book come to life will be looking for his narrations in future
Yes!! Immense one, I loved the way the book was gently paced, it doesn't really get going till halfway through but that didn't matter because it's beautifully written and then -pow! The twist was great. There are parts that I found really sad and had to stop listening for a while to take it in but overall a great read. I had my suspicions about how the book was going to end and was proved right, but I enjoyed getting to the eventual conclusion as like I say it's written beautifully and you can really see the characters in your mind. This book would make a great film!
Great book but be prepared to be moved and feel emotional by it. Slowpaced but stick with it!
"The Secret Scripture - what a brilliant piece of storytelling"
The Secret Scripture - what a brilliant piece of storytelling
A beautifully told story albeit it being tragic in Ireland at that period.
Stephen Hogan excelled in telling this story, he was able to capture
Roseanne & Dr Greens voice with so much warmth & tragedy.
Would have given this story 5 stars but I thought the ending was to abrupt.
I won't ever forget the language in this book or the cruelness to Roseanne - or her Christian patience - but I do want to know if he told her. unforgetble it will stay with you long after Stephen hogans lovely accent stops reading
Set in Southern Ireland, Roseanne has lived in the psychiatric hospital for decades and is very, very old. The institution is closing and a much smaller unit it being built. Is she ill? How did she come to live there? Can she move to the new unit or will she be put into the community? This is explored in parallel by Roseanne and the hospital psychiatrist, Dr Grene. How much can he find out and can Roseanne's memory be trusted. What will she share and for what reason? Why is the psychiatrist so interested in her? How do we know the past and how does it define us?
This is a beautifully written book crafted in a way that is much less simple than first appears. Full of poignancy and rich, juicy sentences it slowly, beguilingly unravels its' secrets. Float on the words as they ease by.
No wonder it won the Costa Book Award in 2008.
"The Secret Scripture"
I highly reccomend this audio. The book is beautifully written, poetic in places, and a fantastic listen. The narrator is superb in his telling of the story, I was completely taken up with the story, couldnt stop listening and didn't want this to finish.
I was enthralled from the opeing chapter and the character moved me to tears. So gentle in the telling of this powerfully told story.
I wish I was such a craftsman with words to do this book justice.
Simply put, do yourself a favour and dowload it.
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