The Promise Of Silence is eye opening, shocking and damning.
Marshall’s memoir unpacks the historical truth about the struggle of homosexual life in Catholic Ireland. It is a voyage into the horizons of intolerance that was practiced by the Catholic religion. It is enriched with the impression of tangibility to entangle the reader with the taste of emotions, the touch of sufferance and the sound of brutality. It incorporates the religious, social and political battle of a homosexual to survive in a heteronormative culture. Born in Catholic Ireland in 1976, Marshall resurrects his emotional journey.
The Catholic god that governed Irish politics silenced queers, the pulpit sermons liberated the wrath of god and even his holy mother, as she turned the discoloured gilded pages of her aged bible in prayer crucified him in punishment for his immorality.