The Blasphemer: A Novel
An astonishing, ambitious and masterful new novel, with echoes of Birdsong, that reads at the pace of a thriller.On its way to the Galápagos Islands, a light aircraft crashes into the sea. Zoologist Daniel Kennedy is confronted with a stark Darwinian choice. Should he save himself, or Nancy, the... show more
An astonishing, ambitious and masterful new novel, with echoes of Birdsong, that reads at the pace of a thriller.On its way to the Galápagos Islands, a light aircraft crashes into the sea. Zoologist Daniel Kennedy is confronted with a stark Darwinian choice. Should he save himself, or Nancy, the woman he loves? But how can one moment of betrayal ever be forgiven? And after he escapes the plane and swims for help, who is the elusive figure who guides him away from certain death?Back in London, Daniel thinks he finds the answer; it is connected with his great grandfather and the first horrific day of Passchendaele. But as the past collapses into the present, the fissures in his relationship with Nancy show through. Until he is given a second chance to prove his courage and earn her forgiveness. The Blasphemer is a novel that speaks to the head as well as the heart of the reader.
Publish date: August 23rd 2011
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
New Review! THE BLASPHEMER by Nigel Farndale http://tinyurl.com/q6gabky A self-centered atheist sees what he thinks must be the ghost of his great-grandpa while swimming awa from a wreck in which he was about to die. Have to read it to see what's next.
Cutting between the life of a contemporary academic and that of his great grandfather during the First World War The Blasphemer is an ambitious novel. It's themes include courage and cowardice, love and betrayal, evolution and the possibility of the miraculous. It's a novel of ideas squeezed into th...
Absolutely a wonderful book, really liked the twist of events at the end . This book will get you thinking, questioning the various religious dogmas. No matter what your stance is on evolution, the character interaction comes alive, feels real as if you were reading about Amanda Knox or something.
This veers from a three to a four star. There is so much going on this book, and it worries me that there were just too many 'big' themes - science versus religion, father. son relationships, cowardice versus bravery and that's just the tip of the iceberg. I gave it four as it had me gripped and I l...