The Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her hundredth year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Meanwhile, the hospital is preparing to close and is evaluating its patients to determine whether they can return to society. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls. As doctor and patient attempt to understand each other, they begin to uncover long-buried secrets about themselves.
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, p2008.
ISBN: 9781433261480
Branch Call Number: CD FIC/BARRY
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (10 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: McCaddon, Wanda


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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 06, 2018

A serious novel, beautifully written and conceived, this story looks deeply into the personal and political, which in Ireland, perhaps cannot be separated.

Great narration. "When she needed an accent from Sligo, a small northwestern pocket of Ireland, for Sebastian Barry's new novel, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE , she found help in an audio archive of international English dialects. It yielded 90 seconds of a Sligo voice, which, she says, "I played every half hour or so as I was recording to remind me of the right sound."" -

"...Barry’s homage to the holiness of life, in which experience and narrative are inseparable." - The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Books that share this quality (a life unlived, yet...) - A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

hb1966 Jul 17, 2013

Lyrically written, Barry captures the Irish troubles and its effect on the innocent. Though the story travels through time, it is seemlessly told.

mayfairlady Jun 27, 2012

narration was very good
story was a bit tedious in middle but picked up at the end

Aug 25, 2011

I listened to this on audio and was enchanted. A good story.

Sep 07, 2010

Marvellous book; beautiful story


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