The Secret Scripture
7 journalers for this copy...
The latest from Barry (whose A Long Way was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker) pits two contradictory narratives against each other in an attempt to solve the mystery of a 100-year-old mental patient. That patient, Roseanne McNulty, decides to undertake an autobiography and writes of an ill-fated childhood spent with her father, Joe Clear. A cemetery superintendent, Joe is drawn into Ireland's 1922 civil war when a group of irregulars brings a slain comrade to the cemetery and are discovered by a division of Free-Staters.
Meanwhile, Roseanne's psychiatrist, Dr. Grene, investigating Roseanne's original commitment in preparation for her transfer to a new hospital, discovers through the papers of the local parish priest, Fr. Gaunt, that Roseanne's father was actually a police sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary.
The mysteries multiply when Roseanne reveals that Fr. Gaunt annulled her marriage after glimpsing her in the company of another man; Gaunt's official charge was nymphomania, and the cumulative fallout led to a string of tragedies. Written in captivating, lyrical prose, Barry's novel is both a sparkling literary puzzle and a stark cautionary tale of corrupted power.
Reserved for the European Booker Prize Shortlist 2008 Roundabout.
The bookring will be open to any European Bookcrossers who might be interested, but priority will be given to the other participants in the roundabout.
* iliotropio (Belgium) (shortlist roundabout)
* franaloe (Netherlands) (shortlist roundabout) HERE
* Laui (Netherlands) (shortlist roundabout)
* katrinat (UK) (shortlist roundabout)
* Cross-Patch (UK) (shortlist roundabout)
* Sternschnuppe28 (Germany) (shortlist roundabout)
* sintra (Germany)
* MarcThomas (France)
* lucy-lemon (UK)
* wanderingstar8 (UK)
* WigglyWoods (UK)
--> And back to me.
NOTES: Please don't keep the book for too long. A month or so should be enough for you to read it and pass it along. If your turn comes and you're swamped, don't be afraid to ask to be bumped a few places down. If you're going to need more than a month or two to read the book, say so and keep us informed. If you can't seem to find the time to read it within 3-4 months, please pass it on to the next one in line.
A wonderfully written novel BTW, a treat!
Will send this one on to the next on the list.
Have requested the next address, will be posted out asap
EDITED: Cross-Patch has her own copy of this book so I'm asking for the next persons address (29.11.09)
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Sent on its way today
"The Secret Scripture" will continue travelling to sintra by the end of next week, because she will not make it to the post office before Christmas.
That was by the way my last book of last year´s roundabout. All in all I read better shortlisted books in previous years. Of all books I have not finished two (A fraction of the whole/ The Northern Clemency). My rating for the rest:
1.) The White Tiger
2.) The Clothes on my Back
3.) The Sea of Poppies
4.) The Secret Scripture
I might take a bit longer than usual to read it since my exam preparations are slowing me down at the moment but I'm pretty sure the book will be on its way again in February.
Quick update, 17.02.: I've read about 2/3 of the book now so I should be able to send it on soon when I get back from my holidays.
Getting the book travelling again seems to be a little difficult: MarcThomas and lucy-lemon have both already read the book, wanderingstar8 asked to be skipped, and WigglyWoods so far hasn't replied to my messages. I'll probably wait a few more days and then ask Xeyra what's to happen next.
Edit, 7.3.: WigglyWoods just sent me her address so the book will be on its way again next week! :-)