Hmm.... an old lady in an asylum with an interesting past and her psychiatrist trying to find out more details. This book really dragged on for me until about 1/4 to the end. Apparently there is a movie also, maybe I‘ll check it out.
I liked this book but didn‘t love it. I think I had such high expectations after glowing reviews from @Cathythoughts @TrishB and @BookwormM (thanks for sending it to me M!). My fault as I read it on my commute and work has been particularly stressful this week. I can see why you all loved it but I think I felt the anger and futility without appreciating the writing. Maybe should have paused and read it another time - still a pick though!
'Now we are two foreign countries and we simply have our embassies in the same house. Relations are friendly but strictly diplomatic. There is an underlying sense of rumour, of judgement, of memory, like two peoples that have once committed great crimes against each other, but in another generation.' p.48
Look what‘s arrived already @BookwormM ! Thanks so much for sending it to me! 😁👍🐿
Awwww..... my heart is aching 💔
Amazing prose, wonderful sad story. Half angry, half sad, will take a while to get this story out of my brain.
Sorry Cindy - I‘m a rubbish buddy read because I always end up reading all at once. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did ❤️
Quick lunchtime read. I‘m loving this book - the cover, the story , the writing ❤️
✨oh I love polka dots ( I love plaid too )
✨mayonnaise on fries 🤷♀️
✨it‘s a soft drink or a mineral or mostly called by its actual name e. g. A coke or a club orange or a 7 up etc
I‘m a day late ! Only just saw this.
OMG!! Surprise #bookmail arrived today from the lovely and thoughtful @Cathythoughts 💕🙌🏻💕and it's a book I've been so eager to read😃I'm beyond words...the generosity & warmth of this community amazes me!!! Thank you so much, Cathy for your wonderful card and this fabulous book!!!! #FeelingBlessed #ThankYou 😘😘😘
#NuYear #observer @Cinfhen @TrishB observed through “ the haze of memory & retelling” a story of old age, of life‘s journey, of relationships in all their rawness & beauty. ( Powerful observations from S Barry
#QuotsyDec17 #ride @TK421 pic of our book Club, I hosted last night. Secret Scripture‘s lowest rating was 8/10 & got lots of tens ⭐️.we #rode on way after midnight into the early hours in discussions on this book , then we solved local issues & the problems of the world 🙃🍷🍷our next book is Madame Zero , Sarah Hall, a Canadian writer. Has anyone read this ? Short stories ( not my fave, but I‘m looking forward to it, something different 💕
I‘m hosting our bookclub tonight ❤️we are discussing The Secret Scripture. I‘m ready to go! Just waiting for the ladies...
A 100-year-old patient in an Irish asylum pens an account of her tragic past. She conceals it beneath the floorboards from her psychiatrist who keeps his own journal that attempts to chronicle his professional observations of this patient, but finds his own personal issues keep intruding. These twin accounts highlight the hazy border between history and memory, and the ways grief and regret can color personal stories. Not easy to put down 👍👍
#TuneIntoNovember #HistorySticksToYourfeet @Cinfhen @Robothugs In The Secret Scripture, Roseanne is 100 years old. Her personal history is embedded in the history of her time. Isn‘t it always. We walk in the history of our times. ( pic of my granddaughter 2 summers ago)
The Secret Scripture ( & The Secret History ) are my 2 favourites so far this year. Roseanne is 100 years old. This book is about her story & the importance of all of our stories. That our lives matter dearly , & we all have a story to tell. This certainly brought me into parts of my own life , memories and such. & how important it is to remember & honour & acknowledge “ the hammers & the feathers” A beautiful book So glad I read it 🙏pic on walk
#Emojinov #umbrella @RealLifeReading Roseanne describes Fr Gaunts #umbrella : “He carried a highly ecclesiastical umbrella, like something real & austere, that said it‘s prayers at night in the hatstand “ I‘m only half way but I‘m predicting a ten out of ten for this book 💫💫🙏
#Litsypartyofone Finally. relaxer vous 🍷📚about to start The Secret Scripture
Day 9 #junetunz #belfastchild
So this book on my #tbr mountain is set in Roscommon, Ireland. Not Belfast, but it's about three hours drive from Belfast 😉. It is a poignant story of an aged woman in a mental hospital who recalls her fate in earlier years as she writes her autobiography. Through her scripture, it reveals a life of extraordinary love, great injustice, and a remarkable young woman.
#day11 #shadesofblue Roseanne McNulty, one of the last inmates in a closing mental hospital on the Irish West Coast, is writing her own story. But it jars with the official records and Dr Greene wants to bring understanding and peace to his patient before she is moved beyond his care. Her memoirs recall her youth & beauty, & the sexuality that marked her as threatening in society shaped & ruled by the whims of the Catholic Church #somethingforsept