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F memory and retelling Roseanne's story becomes an alternative secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance and yet marked still by love and passion and hope. A gem of a book beautiful story beautifully written I recommend this one to my friends

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The Secret ScriptureNearing her one hundredth birthday Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure Over the weeks leading up to this upheav. A superbly crafted novel told in under 300 pages A story so cleverly written that for half of the Novel I believed I was reading a non fiction account image Rosanne Mc Nulty is nearing her hundredth birthday in the mental hospital where she was committed as a young woman Finishing up his case notes before the hospital is closed psychiatrist Dr Greene finds himself intrigued by the story of his elderly patient While Dr Green investigates Roseanne looks back on the tragedies and passions she has locked away in her secret journal from her turbulent rural childhood to the marriage she believed would bring her happiness But when Dr Green finally uncovers the circumstances of her arrival at the hospital it leads to a shocking secretI have read several of Barry's novels to date and this one is one of my all time favourites as this story is moving and haunting and Barry has a talent at capturing an Irishiness that is real and authentic of the time and placeOn reading this for a second time as the first time I read it was in 2009 and since the movie is out at the moment I wanted to refresh my memory and see if I would enjoy the reading experience all over again On finishing the Novel I don't think I want to actually see the movie now as I am afraid it will spoil the vivid images created in my mind by Barry's glorious writinguote from book my mother’s wits were now in an attic of her head which had neither door nor stair or at least none that I could find” This is a moving story about memory and conflicting versions of the past beautiful and haunting and yet uplifting A well deserved 5 stars and without doubt it earned its place on the short list for the Man Booker Prize in 2008

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review The Secret Scripture Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB É Nearing her one hundredth birthday Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr GrenAl she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene and their relationship intensifies and complicatesTold through their respective journals the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful Refracted through the haze o. Are you an honest person TrulyPerhaps you instinctively think “Yes” even as you realise you are not always scrupulously so often for the best of reasons Often But not always One can’t be totally honest all the time can one Can oneWhat is “truth” anyway but a social construct“ What's wrong about her account if she sincerely believes it”“ There is no factual truth”It matters that the person is “ admirable living and complete” what a curious trio of adjectivesIn a post truth era on a big day for possibly “fake news” a euphemism for lies and propaganda our collective ability to recognise truth slips ever further from our grasp StoriesThis is stories of centenarian Roseanne’s lives The tides of two world wars and a civil war bring opportunity fear birth death deceit despair and change crashing crushing on the shores of Sligo She’s approaching her 100th birthday and has been in asylums for around seventy years Dr Grene has to gently uncover Roseanne’s story to see if she should move to a new smaller institution or if the truth will set her “free” for care in the community a term he knows is inaccurate This isn’t really about madness versus sanity though it’s an issue for many characters or even incarceration It’s about telling stories – to hide the truth as well as to reveal it Roseanne and Dr Grene are both writing accounts of the past especially Roseanne’s past in part to avoid considering the future Each is unaware the other is doing so The reader experiences layers of contradiction distance and distortion from the passage of time deep trauma and efforts to protect from shame or guiltAnd then there is a third written testimony from Fr Gaunt and remnants of official records “A little apocryphal gospel” which readers get second hand via Dr Grene and which are further muddied when the doctor realises he’s filling in gaps that Fr Gaunt did not Another layer of embroideryAnd what about the unknown hand who brought all the narratives together How do we untangle the truth Which version of the tower and feathers and hammers is true Could it even be bothWhy are they writingNo plot spoilers just background notes and detail view spoiler• Roseanne wants “an honest minded history of myself” because “My secrets are my fortune and my sanity” She has experienced the dire conseuences of gossip and presumption than once so “There must be accuracy and rightness”• Dr Grene’s writing is an extension of his work a distraction from personal loss and “a sign of ongoing inner life” that triggers ideas and insight• Fr Gaunt’s “desire to tell the story illuminates it He is unburdening himself as he might a sin”A person without stories that outlive them becomes lost to family lost to history “sad black names on within family trees with half a date dangling after and a uestion mark”Roseanne’s father relished telling stories from his life but mother is “singularly without stories” and eventually mute She vanishes from the story hide spoiler