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The Secret Scripture [Format Kindle]

Sebastian Barry
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The acclaim that has greeted Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture is varied and enthusiastic, and it's not hard to see why. When Frank McGuiness praised it for ‘raw, rough beauty’ and described Sebastian Barry's fiction as ‘unique’ and ‘magnificent’, this claim was no hostage to fortune; just a few sentences of the prose here will convince most readers of the justice of those words. As in the best-selling A Long Long Way, Barry is concerned with the imperatives of telling a story, but in a literary form that is rich with both psychological understanding and a skilful conjuring of time and place.

Roseanne McNulty may (or may not) be on the point of nearing her 100th birthday -- but there is little certainty about this fact. In her twilight years, her destiny is uncertain, as the Roscommon Mental Hospital -- her home for so many years of her life -- is on the point of closing. As the fateful hour approaches, Roseanne spends her time of talking to her psychiatrist of many years, Dr Grene. The relationship between the two is strangely interdependent, and the doctor is also attempting to come to terms with the death of his wife. As we learn more about the two principal protagonists, we are presented with a rich and subtle picture of human relationships -- and the (often unintentional) damages that we all do to each other.

The form of the book consists of the separate journals of Roseanne and Dr Grene, and we gradually learn about Roseanne’s family in Sligo in the 1930s. What emergence is a poignant personal history; it is also a subtly ambitious picture of nothing less than the Irish psyche at a particular point in its history. There are echoes here of another great Irish chronicler of the human condition, William Trevor, and The Secret Scripture is no worse for that. --Barry Forshaw

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The latest from Barry (whose A Long Way was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker) pits two contradictory narratives against each other in an attempt to solve the mystery of a 100-year-old mental patient. That patient, Roseanne McNulty, decides to undertake an autobiography and writes of an ill-fated childhood spent with her father, Joe Clear. A cemetery superintendent, Joe is drawn into Ireland's 1922 civil war when a group of irregulars brings a slain comrade to the cemetery and are discovered by a division of Free-Staters. Meanwhile, Roseanne's psychiatrist, Dr. Grene, investigating Roseanne's original commitment in preparation for her transfer to a new hospital, discovers through the papers of the local parish priest, Fr. Gaunt, that Roseanne's father was actually a police sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary. The mysteries multiply when Roseanne reveals that Fr. Gaunt annulled her marriage after glimpsing her in the company of another man; Gaunt's official charge was nymphomania, and the cumulative fallout led to a string of tragedies. Written in captivating, lyrical prose, Barry's novel is both a sparkling literary puzzle and a stark cautionary tale of corrupted power. (June)
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 514 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 324 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0571275605
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber Fiction (2 octobre 2008)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002RI90A4
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 L'histoire de celle qui ne valait rien 27 août 2009
Par D. Legare TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Voici un joli roman qu'on lit avec beaucoup de plaisir, l'histoire d'une vie dure, d'une époque, de maeurs incroyablement étriquées régies par les bons pères de l'Eglise. Une histoire qui n'est pas sans nous rappeler celle des Magdalen Martyrs. Le personnage principal, celui de Roseanne a été inspiré à Sebastian Barry par une de ses grand-tantes qui avait transgressé les codes catholiques de bonne conduite dans l'Irlande de l'époque et qui avait été bannie de la famille. On disait d'elle qu'elle était une beauté, mais aussi `no-good' une vaurien(ne), bref, elle ne valait pas cher.

Roseanne McNulty a passé le plus clair de ses cent et quelques années dans l'hôpital psychiatrique de Roscommon. Elle prétend ne plus se souvenir de la raison qui l'a amenée là. Toutefois son avenir est incertain car l'hôpital doit fermer et le Dr Grene est chargé de `trier' les malades, ceux que l'on doit replacer dans le nouvel hôpital psychiatrique et ceux que l'on peut rendre à une vie normale. Il s'efforce alors d'interroger Roseanne qui l'intrigue pour déterminer dans quelle catégorie elle se range.
Roseanne reste évasive, prétend que sa mémoire la trahit, mais en fait elle consigne l'histoire de sa vie par écrit sur un manuscrit qu'elle dissimule soigneusement. Une histoire tragique de son enfance à un mariage qui la rendrait heureuse, pensait-elle.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un livre magnifique 28 décembre 2012
Par Ary
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Les grands romans savent conter une histoire qui, fortement imbriquée dans un contexte historique troublé, prend une dimension universelle. Ce livre prodigieux est de ceux-là. Très raffiné, très métaphorique, tout en étant simple et direct, le style de Barry crée la beauté et l'émotion pour aller au fond de l'expérience humaine. Un chef-d'oeuvre. A recommander à ceux qui aiment les livres forts.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Attention chef d'oeuvre 9 juin 2013
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L'histoire récente de l'Irlande revisitée de l'intérieur. Le lecteur est invité à exercer ses techniques de gestion du deuil. James Joyce aurait-il aimé?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Bonne intrigue, mais un peu long 2 septembre 2010
Par AnneB
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J'avoue que j'ai sauté des passages entiers que je trouvais un peu ennuyeux et qui à mon avis n'apportaient rien à l'histoire (Je n'ai peut être rien compris !). Mais j'ai bien aimé la façon de narrer à deux voix. L'injustice faite aux femmes, et en particulier au personnage principal, m'a fait bouillir le sang. Une bonne lecture, intéressante historiquement et pour l'intrigue.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "Morality has its own civil wars, with its own victims in their own time and place." 5 juillet 2008
Par Luan Gaines - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In his distinctly Irish novel, set in County Sligo and Roscommon, a mental institution, a perhaps century old woman, Roseanne Cleary McNulty, pens a diary of her long life, which she hides in her room under the floorboards. Retrieving the notebook only when it's safe, Roseanne reveals a deeply loving relationship with a father who dies far too young and a mother who withdraws over time into the solitude of a troubled mind. Presbyterians, the Cleary's are an anomaly in Catholic Sligo, Joe Cleary dominating the landscape of his daughter's formative years. Reeling from his death and her mother's complete disinterest in the world around her, Roseanne is a naïve young woman, unprepared for what awaits, falling quickly in love with Tom McNulty. Tom and his brothers, and their domineering mother are the faces of the stubborn, loyal Irish rebels who spend their years fighting for independence, closing ranks against outsiders.

Much at work in Roseanne's life is a priest, Father Gaunt, a man invested in his own arrogance and misogyny, who visits his hatred and mistrust of women on the innocent Roseanne. It is through Gaunt's efforts that Roseanne's marriage to Tom is ruined, no one of consequence to protect the girl, left staggering at the blows fate has dealt. Having been institutionalized for over half her life at the time she writes her memoirs, the remarkable thing about this character, as so beautifully rendered by Barry, is her inherent generosity of spirit and disinclination to harsh judgment of those who have wronged her. And while Roseanne is writing of her father and her marriage, Dr. Grene is charged with determining the future placement of his patient, Roscommon soon to be vacated and completely demolished. Unwilling to interrogate a woman whose face still carries the remnants of her exceptional beauty, Grene becomes fascinated by the small details he uncovers, hints that the truth may differ from Roseanne's recollection of her past.

Alternating these two stories (Dr. Grene beset by a terrible personal loss while investigating Roseanne's life), the author reveals an Ireland in turmoil, a beautiful woman caught up in a family enacting their part of that troubled history, cast out by the venality of a priest. It is Roseanne's great tragedy that her striking beauty is wielded as a sword to annihilate her world, her fond recollections of father and husband- at least for a time- the only buffer against the cruelty of the world. Roseanne's story is important because it is her voice, among many, that speaks to the plight of women ill-used by a hypocritically moral society and a Catholic church that has the power to ruin a life with one harsh judgment. Barry delivers an extraordinarily dear character in Roseanne and an empathetic doctor in Grene, setting the stage for a denouement that weaves these two lives intimately together, each in need of solace: "There is something greater than judgment. I think it is called mercy." Luan Gaines/ 2008.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Redemption 25 juin 2008
Par E.B. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
There are tragedies flung at us by the gods such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Then there are those tragedies visited upon us by ourselves. This is a tale of the latter.
In dark and gorgeous language Barry tells the story of an old woman, Roseanne McNulty. From childhood Roseanne was set on a path that inexorably led her to stray outside the strict conventions of 1940s Ireland. Unwittingly, she becomes the victim of a merciless society bent on rigid conformity and determined to exact its revenge on those who flout its dictates. For those whose picture of Ireland in the "old days" is one of rose-covered thatched cottages, the revelation that so much pain resided behind the walls of many of those dwellings may come as an unpleasant surprise. But those of us who have lived in Ireland and particularly have witnessed its relatively recent confrontation with so many of the dark secrets of its past, Roseanne's tale has the gut-wrenching but undeniable claim of authenticity.
Barry summons the voice of Roseanne perfectly. As the narrative gradually shifts from Roseanne to the psychiatrist, Dr. Grene, who has tasked himself with the mission to discover the elusive truth about Roseanne's past, Barry also captures Grene and his mid-life turbulences beautifully. This is not a plot-driven novel which is just as well: my only complaint is that I found the plot, such as it is, to require some hard work by the reader in suspending disbelief. But it is a minor matter in a book that concerns itself with issues such as history, mercy and the very nature of truth. In the end, Barry's characters eloquently present the argument that redemption is indeed possible.
I stongly recommend this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Clear View 27 octobre 2008
Par Fred V. Lowe Jr. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Roseanne Clear is an ancient woman living in an Irish asylum to which she was committed "for social reasons" after she bore an out-of-wedlock child. She has been a resident for so long that no one knows how old she really is or exactly what the circumstances of her commitment were. The "secret scripture" of the title is Roseanne's narrative of her life, written on scraps with a pilfered pen and hidden under a loose floorboard. At the same time her story is unfolding, the psychiaitrist who heads the institution is slowly putting together a competing narrative of Roseanne's life. The asylum is closing -- Ireland's version of de-institutionalization -- and the terms of Roseanne's commitment must legally determine where she'll be placed next.

In the end, the two narratives come together in a wholly surprising way, but not before surveying Ireland's brutal and complicated history of political and sectarian violence from the establishment of the Free State up to the present. The author turns a particularly cold eye on the devastating grip that the Roman Catholic Church held on Irish society and politics for the better part of the 20th century. Although I've cited its political and historical scope, the novel tells its story in wholly personal terms. At various points the novel is funny, magically poetic, tragic -- and often all three: a great read.

Once you've read "The Secret Scripture," go on to read "The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty" -- a prequel, sort of, of this novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A splendid, powerfully moving novel, not to be missed. 9 novembre 2010
Par Skye Hye - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Before she died, my 98 year old grandmother, sinking into the bog of dementia, said to me: Everyone sees this ancient skin, wrinkled, my fingers bent and swollen, my hair falling to nothing, but I am a girl inside this skin. I feel exactly the same in my mind and my heart as I did at twenty.

I never forgot it, and now that my time is coming and my own skin thinning, I understand exactly what she meant.

This novel about the enduring power of the human spirit in the face of unrelenting tragedy and betrayal, struck me to the heart. I found it incredibly moving and was riveted to the page.

There is something about being a survivor that wounds you, takes away whole pieces of you, but despite the pain and horror, makes each small aspect of life a triumph. For Rosanne, it was the daffoldils and the roses, and the sunlight on her window pane, for others, a sunset, the pleasure of an ice cream cone in summer, the smell of just cut grass. I saw a fox in the dark night when I was driving through the village last week; it had another small animal in its mouth, trotting merrily past the pavement in front of me. I had never seen a fox before. I felt so lucky, so deliriously happy, to have seen it, as Rosanne felt with the new opening daffoldils from her window in the assylum.

To see this beauty and feel this intense pleasure in ordinary things is a triumph over the brutality and ugliness that living in society can bring, as is the ability to retain one's humanity - kindness, compassion, understanding, empathy. To see the world in a grain of sand....

Barry's writing is like wild strawberries bursting in your mouth, each sentence is to be savoured, and the poetry and cadence of the Irish way of speaking, whether it is the Gaelic or in English is so beautifully, so powerfully, so accurately given to us to see and hear and take away to keep. I remember listening to the Irish aunts and uncles I knew as a child, thinking that their conversation was like poetry. And it was.

I saw a few negative reviews as well as the many positive ones, and it may be that in the age of television and high speed internet, that something like this that takes its time to unfold and reveal its mysteries, like Rosanne's daffolils, can seem to some as frustratingly slow. I found the pace perfect for the unravelling of Rosanne's life story, that grew more gripping each time I turned the page.

I feel grateful to the author for having written it, and for the enriching experience of having read it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb! 14 juillet 2008
Par Paul Desrochers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
So many novels these days begin well, and then give the impression that the author is thoughtlessly coasting. This book is pure poetry, superbly written, and gripping throughout. An excellent read. A pity that there are no other works by this author on Kindle!
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