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Read The Secret Scripture 107 ↠ 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 Grene and their relationship intensifies and complicateAl 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. Last month my book club read Sebastian Barry's Days Without End and we all loved it unconditionally That almost never happens So our hostess up for the April read decided to assign another of Barry's books although she had some reservations that it might compare unfavorably to the one we thought so highly of How can it possibly be as good she askedShe needn't have worried because it was as good but in a different way The language was still soaring and poetic the characters just as soulful and the story What a storyThe tale is told through two journals one by the psychiatrist needing to assess an elderly patient before the insane asylum she has been in for 60 years is demolished and the other by the patient herself 100 year old Roseanne Clear or McNulty depending on whose story can be believed There is also a brief deposition by the Catholic priest responsible for her incarceration and for many of her woes and I sincerely hope there is a special place in Hell reserved for himThis is a multi layered novel with little bits of truth and understanding poking through every once in a while Even so I had to read the climax four times just to believe it I still get chills thinking about itEven though the setting is from 1907 2007 it reads like a Victorian novel maybe because of the handwritten journals and the Irish localesThis was a complete departure from some of my other recent reading and I was completely swept up in the story So much so that I continue to wish Father Gaunt consigned to that special place in Hell

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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. Sexuality in beautiful young women in backward societies is a double edged sword On the one hand it attracts young men sometimes into marriage and on the other it can seem to justify the accusation of being called a slut And should the woman have a baby outside marriage then the accusation is proved and the girl condemned and if punishment follows it will be considered validatedIt's not much different today is it Call a girl a slut and people look at her askance Not a nice person not someone you'd want to mix with But today the punishment is generally only social exclusion from hypocritical social groups Back then in the time of this book after the Civil War in Ireland it could mean being locked up in mental home for the rest of their livesAnd now the girl the woman the old lady who is a century old is telling her tale to her doctor He is a gentle understanding unfulfilled man who is doing his best for his patients who now these old institutions are being dissolved must re enter the world or adapt to a modern mental homeHe listens to Roseanne's story he asks people about her and discovers a document that tells a different story from her conversation But there is still another story the one she is writing of her life and hiding in the floorboards These stories and the doctor's intertwine and they both learn far about each other than they ever could have suspected It's uite an eye opening ending and in retrospect that is what the story is leading to all along but I found it too pat I thought the story of Roseanne and the Troubles with all the violence and wickedness of those timeswere good enough to stand on their own without a contrived conclusion So 4 stars 45 stars Ok I really enjoyed it 5 stars