Year 8, Book 91

91. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

The Testament of Mary is a short little novella that is supposed to be, as the name indicates, the testament of Mary, Jesus’ mother after the events of his crucifixion and supposed resurrection. Mary is being guarded by some of his disciples and it is clear that she believes her son was crazy and that he has duped his followers who are now trying to save face by spreading a falsehood about his resurrection. I thought it was an interesting take on the way things could have been, but I imagine many people would see this book as blasphemy. It does make me curious about Toibin’s own faith. I know he at least was raised Catholic, but I wonder what his thoughts are now and how they relate to what he has written in this book. If you won’t be offended by reading something even if it is fiction that basically says the events of Jesus’ resurrection are a lie then I would recommend this book. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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