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The Absolutist

by John Boyne

Doubleday Canada | April 10, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Absolutist is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
From the beloved John Boyne, a powerful, poignant novel about how we are to be good in the face of disaster.
 
September 1919: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. During the Great War, Tristan fought alongside Marian''s brother Will who, in 1917, laid down his gun on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan''s visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage.
 
As they stroll through the streets of a city still coming to terms with the end of the war, he recalls his friendship with Will, from the training ground at Aldershot to the trenches of Northern France, and speaks of how the intensity of their friendship brought him from brief moments of happiness and self-discovery to long periods of despair and pain.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.17 × 5.68 × 0.85 in

Published: April 10, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668708

ISBN - 13: 9780385668705

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story 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 dilemma, some emotions had to kept secret and never displayed or shared with others. It took a huge amount of courage to fight their internal feelings and the war they were waging on the battle field that faced them. The story opens in September 1919 with twenty one year old Tristan Sadler on a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to Marian, Will Bancroft’s sister. The story unfolds slowly and moves between the war and his visit with Marian. She slowly finds out the truth about her brother and what really happened to him. Tristan and Will had meet during basic training at Aldershot and they soon developed a close relationship that lasted till they served in the trenches of Picardy where Will was court-martialed for cowardice and executed on the battlefield in 1916. Mr. Boyne prose concentrates on emotions throughout this wartime story which depicts primarily the relationship between the two soldiers. The brutal and very descriptive war scenes in general are told in the present tense and the narrative shifts to the past tense when Tristan reveals his true feelings to Marian. This skillfully crafted and very thought provoking story builds tension and emotions till its bitter conclusion and the result is a very moving story that looks at war from a different perspective.
Date published: 2013-01-03

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The Absolutist

by John Boyne

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.17 × 5.68 × 0.85 in

Published: April 10, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668708

ISBN - 13: 9780385668705

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Seated Opposite Me in the railway carriage, the elderly lady in the fox-fur shawl was recalling some of the murders that she had committed over the years.   ‘There was the vicar in Leeds,’ she said, smiling a little as she tapped her lower lip with her index finger. ‘And the spinster from Hartlepool whose tragic secret was to prove her undoing. The actress from London, of course, who took up with her sister’s husband just after his return from the Crimea. She was a flighty piece so no one could blame me for that. But the maid-of-all-work in Connaught Square, I rather regretted killing her. She was a hard-working girl of good Northern stock, who perhaps didn’t deserve such a brutal ending.’   ‘That was one of my favourites,’ I replied. ‘If you ask me, she got what was coming to her. She read letters that were not hers to read.’   ‘I know you, don’t I?’ she asked, sitting forward now, narrowing her eyes as she examined my face for familiar signs. A sharp combination of lavender and face cream, her mouth viscous with blood-red lipstick. ‘I’ve seen you somewhere before.’   ‘I work for Mr Pynton at the Whisby Press,’ I told her. ‘My name’s Tristan Sadler. We met at a literary lunch a few months ago.’ I extended my hand and she stared at it for a moment, as if unsure what was expected of her, before shaking it carefully, her fingers never
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From the beloved John Boyne, a powerful, poignant novel about how we are to be good in the face of disaster.
 
September 1919: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. During the Great War, Tristan fought alongside Marian''s brother Will who, in 1917, laid down his gun on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan''s visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage.
 
As they stroll through the streets of a city still coming to terms with the end of the war, he recalls his friendship with Will, from the training ground at Aldershot to the trenches of Northern France, and speaks of how the intensity of their friendship brought him from brief moments of happiness and self-discovery to long periods of despair and pain.

About the Author

JOHN BOYNE was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of seven novels. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and won two Irish Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the British Book Award and has recently been made into a Miramax feature film. Boyne''s novels are published in over 40 languages. He lives in Dublin.

Editorial Reviews

LONGLISTED - 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award An Amazon.com Best 100 Book of 2012 Winner of the Stonewall Honor (Literature) "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. This is a forbidden love story—a gay love story—but one with a terrible twist." —John Irving "A wonderful, sad, tender book. There are some amazing things about this novel--one is the simplicity and purity of the narrative line; another is the sort of complexity within the characters and the emotions and the motives; another is the sense of the period, with all its restrictions. The book is going to have an enormous impact on everyone who reads it." —Colm Toibin   "This will become a classic war novel." —The Bookseller “Let me try to explain how much I loved The Absolutist . I loved it for its grainy black-and-white-movie feel, like an old British film from the ’40s. I loved that author John Boyne teased out just enough information throughout this book to make me think I’d figured out what had happened to Tristan and Will (I didn’t!). I loved the mixture of horrific brutality and insanely beautiful prose. And I loved the ending, which made me gasp, gasp—and gasp again.” — Inland Empire Weekly “ The Absolutist is effortlessly readable and meticulously attuned to its
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