The Absolutist

The Absolutist Author John Boyne
ISBN-10 1590515528
ISBN-13 9781590515525
Year 2012-07-10
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Other Press
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A novel of immeasurable sadness in a league with Graham Greenes 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

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