“A novel of immeasurable sadness, in a league with Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. John Boyne is very, very good at portraying the destructive power of a painfully kept secret.” —John IrvingA masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of... show more
“A novel of immeasurable sadness, in a league with Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. John Boyne is very, very good at portraying the destructive power of a painfully kept secret.” —John IrvingA masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of World War I.It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will--from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain.The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I. This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they've turned the last page.
Publish date: 2012-07-10
Publisher: Other Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
I should start to say that the first world war is very unknown in the Netherlands. It's not that people don't know about it, but as we didn't play a part in it, it is apparently less important in History class. Since 2,5 years I've been going to college in Leuven, Belgium. That city has been burned ...
My god, that was sad. It's not really a romance, more a tale of frustrated desire wrapped up in an indictment of the First World War, and it's beautifully done. It's a very understated novel; Boyne manages to capture the horror and despair of the trenches very clearly and without trying too hard to ...
This story is about Tristan Sadler, a young veteran of World War 1 who is dealing with intense shame and guilt, a consequence of his involvement in the war. Told in the first person narrative by the main character, Tristan recounts how he and his best friend, Will Bancroft, faced an intense personal...
Tristan visits the sister of one of his WWI army buddies to purge his soul of the guilt of the Great War and revisit the events surrounding his platoon's deployment and engagement.This was not the book I was expecting. I guess I didn't know what I was expecting, but this was not a book I would have...
Read my full review @ http://bit.ly/R8OcGyMy opinion: I must admit that when I first started reading this book, it bored me to tears. I tried to read it as I read a chunk of books I review-with a speed not of skimming, but not getting the full perspective of the book either. At some point, probably ...