320 pages, 8.17 × 5.68 × 0.85 in
April 10, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385668708
ISBN - 13: 9780385668705
Read from the Book
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 quite closing on my own. ‘You gave a talk on untraceable poisons,’ I added. ‘Yes, I remember it now,’ she said, nodding quickly. ‘You had five books that
From the Publisher
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.
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."
"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."
"This will become a classic war novel."
“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 social and linguistic time frame.”