Finished...The Secret Scripture

I've just finished reading Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture. It was sad, mysterious, poignant, beautiful, political, philosophical... lots of things. It brought up lots of things, in particular, the notion of memory, history, truth, authority and the questionable nature of sanity/insanity. It wasn't just another Irish cliche either, yet still managed to present a history of pre-war and post-war Ireland - a nation coming to terms with the questionable authority of the church. I second guessed a couple of things that happened, but was totally thrown by something revealed towards the end, and it had me. There are lots of revelations in The Secret Scripture but not in the nature of cheap plot twists and turns just for the sake of it. I loved it. Read more about Sebastian Barry here.

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