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The Secret Scripture

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The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
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Apr 28, 2009 | ISBN 9780143115694

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“[Barry writes] in language of surpassing beauty. . . . It is like a song, with all the pulse of the Irish language, a song sung liltingly and plaintively from the top of Ben Bulben into the airy night.” —Dinitia Smith, The New York Times

“Barry recounts all this in prose of often startling beauty. Just as he describes people stopping in the street to look at Roseanne, so I often found myself stopping to look at the sentences he gave her, wanting to pause and copy them down.” —Margot Livesey, The Boston Globe

“Luminous and lyrical.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“A great novel about a ninety-nine-year-old woman…trying to understand the truth of her life…Along the way are some of the most beautifully formed prose passages I have ever read.” —Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization 

“Written in captivating, lyrical prose, Barry’s novel is both a sparkling literary puzzle and a stark cautionary tale of corrupted power.” —Publishers Weekly

“Part of Barry’s artistry is the sheer poetry of his prose, now heart-stoppingly lyrical, now heart-poundingly thrilling. An unforgettable portrait of mid-twentieth-century Ireland.” —Booklist

“It is a poignant story of the horrors and hypocrisies of rural Ireland, the cruelties of civil war, and the pernicious influence of the priesthood. Roseanne is a vivid and engaging protagonist, and Barry makes rich use of the circumlocutions of his native tongue.” —The Daily Mail (London)

“Dark, awkward, and exceptionally finely written.”—The Telegraph (London)

“In this book, the worlds each character builds are significantly, tantalizingly estranged from each other. The novel’s delight lies in the way in which the two tales—and, eventually the two lives—begin to coalesce, to the utter surprise of both the characters and the reader.”
The Economist


Costa Novel Award WINNER

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award WINNER

Irish Novel of the Year WINNER

Tubridy Listeners’ Choice Award WINNER

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