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If you could sum up The Testament of Mary in three words, what would they be?
Poetic, painful, important
What did you like best about this story?
The Testament of Mary invites the reader to see the events of the New Testament through the eyes of the woman at the centre of everything who is so often overlooked. As an atheist with an interest in theology, I expected to find the content interesting, knew that the writer was of an excellent quality and know that I really enjoy Meryl Streep's work (who doesn't?!) - yet I did not expect to feel so moved. This is a deeply personal story of woman who's narrative is, in so many ways, dictated by the men around her. I loved it.
Which character – as performed by Meryl Streep – was your favourite?
The story is told entirely from the perspective of Mary in the last few days of her life, looking back. Streep performs the part expertly.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, absolutely - though (perhaps particularly as this story is not a long one) I don't want to ruin anything. Mary's realisation that she is no longer autonomous in the remembering of her grief was really quite upsetting.
Any additional comments?
Whether you are religious or (like myself) rather decidedly not, this is a beautiful, moving, thought-provoking story that is well worth your time.
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
good book but there is literally NO PAUSE AT THE END between the soft, beautiful ending and the harsh, clangy Audible spoken note at the end that crashed in like an unwanted drunk uncle at a funeral at x10 the volume of the book.
i'm not even exaggerating when i say it has sort of ruined the whole experience of the book for me. how hard is it to leave a 10 second pause at the end
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