The Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture

Book - 2008
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A gorgeous new novel from the author of the Man Booker finalist A Long Long Way

As a young woman, Roseanne McNulty was one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland. Now, as her hundredth year draws near, she is a patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital, and she decides to record the events of her life.

As Roseanne revisits her past, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards in her bedroom, she learns that Roscommon Hospital will be closed in a few months and that her caregiver, Dr. Grene, has been asked to evaluate the patients and decide if they can return to society. Roseanne is of particular interest to Dr. Grene, and as he researches her case 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.

Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is an epic story of love, betrayal, and unavoidable tragedy, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic Church had on individual lives for much of the twentieth century.
Publisher: Viking : New York, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670019403
0670019402
Branch Call Number: FICTION Barry
Characteristics: 300 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Secret scripture : a novel

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rakeshseathu
Mar 30, 2017

A very slow start but language is rich and beautiful. Builds momentum around mid of the book and then it keeps you engaged till the end.

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dbrh852
Jan 08, 2016

I would give this gem more stars if they were available. This is a well crafted story with memorable characters and remarkably gracious prose. Barry has created a female heroine with depth, compassion and mystery. This was a sad story, but it was worth it for the ending. Also, it was not a fast read, only because I wanted to savor the beautiful words and themes that Barry wove so skillfully into the story. I recommend it.

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CmnThru
Nov 29, 2015

When visiting Ireland in 2010, a book store owner recommended Sebastian Barry's novels, so I bought and read "A Long Long Way." Loved his writing, so I read more. This is the fourth book of his I've read and loved. It had me hooked from beginning to end. Barry is really first rate.

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

Costa Book Award Winner – A female inmate of a hospital is nearing her 100th birthday and a young doctor seeks her history, resulting in the revelation of a shocking secret. I really enjoyed the unfolding of the story.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 20, 2014

Beautifully written study in perspective and the relative terms of sanity and mental health. Women in 1920's Ireland faced a treacherous minefield of sexual repression and two-faced codes of morality, and those who strayed could find themselves confined in asylums.

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druby
May 18, 2013

I found the author's writing style really difficult to read. There were many passages I had to read over and over again to understand the meaning.
Having said that I was intrigued from the start. It was interesting how Roseanne's accounts of her life differed from those uncovered by Dr. Grene. I had to read the book to the end to find out the truth and oh what an ending it was! The ending alone made it worth the read.

Jane60201 Dec 26, 2012

A really interesting and well written book by an Irish author whom I was not aware of. Will look for more by him.

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PansyT
Dec 19, 2012

Such a wonderful writer! He is a master of the language, worth reading and re-reading for his turn of phrase alone. Highly recommended.

ABenjamin33 Sep 18, 2012

Wonderful book, well written. The begining might be a little slow but hang in there it's worth it!

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robear
May 17, 2012

Available New Brighton

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