Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Review of the Day: The Secret Scripture



The Secret Scripture is the entwined story of Roseanne McNulty, a 100-year-old mental patient, and Dr. Grene, who is desultorily trying to figure how Roseanne came to live in the institute and whether she really belongs there after all. The story is told through Roseanne’s secret diary and Dr. Grene’s journal.

Roseanne tells a harrowing tale of growing up in civil war Ireland, her tragic marriage, and the unfortunate events that culminated in her institutionalization. Grene is drawn to Roseanne and her sad history as he struggles with his own failed marriage and personal grief.

Barry is an incredibly talented storyteller. He spins a yarn that is wide sweeping, but so compellingly detailed that the reader smells the salt wind of western Ireland and hears the rustle of the meddling priest’s rusty cassock. Even though the ending may not come as a surprise, there is great satisfaction to be had from the way the clues nest so snugly together.


OTHER REVIEWS
Wendy at caribousmom
Mel at The Book Nook

(If you would like your review of this book, or any others by Sebastian Barry, please leave a comment with a link and I will list it here.)

NOTE
This is the James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner that I read for the Battle of the Prizes, British Version. I’m hosting the challenge, so it is about time I read a book for it.




13 comments :

Wendy said...

I really loved this one...glad to see it resonated with you too! Here is my review.

Rose City Reader said...

Wendy -- Thanks! I'll add the link.

Vivienne said...

I forgot I had this one on my shelves. Can't wait to read it now.

Rose City Reader said...

Vivienne -- Happy to remind you. This was really good.

Becky (Page Turners) said...

this one sounds really interesting. I work with a lot of people that have spent times in mental facilities so its somethign that interests me

Marie said...

must read! i must read this! i have it- i must read it!

Teddy Rose said...

This sounds so good. I put it on my TBR after reading Wendy's review. Thanks for reminding me about it.

bookaddict4real said...

Awesome review and thanks for stopping by!

bookaddict4real said...

Thanks for the lovely comment about my blog

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

Very nice review---I like stories about mental patients.

Mel said...

I loved this book too. Thanks for visiting The Book Nook and leaving such thoughtful comments.

Here is the link to my review of The Secret Scripture:

http://melbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/2010/05/sebastian-barry-secret-scripture.html

meagan said...

I love your review! I think you captured the way the words made me feel so well! Here is my review: http://thebluebookcase.blogspot.com/2011/01/review-secret-scripture-by-sebastian.html

playing.librarian said...

The Secret Scripture has been in my wishlist for far too long. Never really get around to reading it.I have to do that soon!! Thanks for the review.

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