The Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture

Book - 2008
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008
Edition: Unabridged large print ed
ISBN: 9781410411303
Branch Call Number: FICTION BARRY
Characteristics: 481 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Merle Taylor
Jun 03, 2019

Pretty good story.

Oct 29, 2018

I didn't give this book a very high rating because it seemed to move so slowly. I got much more than halfway through before I felt like it was a page turner. However, I appreciate how beautifully written the book is and the story line. I would recommend the book as long as you are ok with a slow moving story.

Oct 02, 2018

So, a quiet cloudy St. Paddy's day brought me to one of my favorite Irish author's, Sebastian Barry, for a second read of his book 'The Secret Scripture' which I first read back in 2013.

Then, as now, my eyes are leaking and my heart is full of gratitude for the talent of such a gifted writer to move his readers with such emotions.

Mar 30, 2017

A very slow start but language is rich and beautiful. Builds momentum around mid of the book and then it keeps you engaged till the end.

Jan 08, 2016

I would give this gem more stars if they were available. This is a well crafted story with memorable characters and remarkably gracious prose. Barry has created a female heroine with depth, compassion and mystery. This was a sad story, but it was worth it for the ending. Also, it was not a fast read, only because I wanted to savor the beautiful words and themes that Barry wove so skillfully into the story. I recommend it.

Nov 29, 2015

When visiting Ireland in 2010, a book store owner recommended Sebastian Barry's novels, so I bought and read "A Long Long Way." Loved his writing, so I read more. This is the fourth book of his I've read and loved. It had me hooked from beginning to end. Barry is really first rate.

Jun 09, 2015

Costa Book Award Winner – A female inmate of a hospital is nearing her 100th birthday and a young doctor seeks her history, resulting in the revelation of a shocking secret. I really enjoyed the unfolding of the story.

Dec 20, 2014

Beautifully written study in perspective and the relative terms of sanity and mental health. Women in 1920's Ireland faced a treacherous minefield of sexual repression and two-faced codes of morality, and those who strayed could find themselves confined in asylums.

May 18, 2013

I found the author's writing style really difficult to read. There were many passages I had to read over and over again to understand the meaning.
Having said that I was intrigued from the start. It was interesting how Roseanne's accounts of her life differed from those uncovered by Dr. Grene. I had to read the book to the end to find out the truth and oh what an ending it was! The ending alone made it worth the read.

Jane60201 Dec 26, 2012

A really interesting and well written book by an Irish author whom I was not aware of. Will look for more by him.

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I know she absolutely delights in the improvement of the weather, in the turning of the year.


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