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  1. says:

    Phenomenal The nitty gritty reality..of what frickin war can can do and not do oh how I LOVE JOHN BOYNE My God I had NO IDEA what I would discover when I started reading this AMAZING NOVELstorytelling that is sooooo good so much I wish to say I m completely SPENT.EVERY EMOTION triggered HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


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    It would be best for all of us if the Germans shoot you dead on sight Tristan Sadler s father.God, I appreciate you, John Boyne with your head as smooth as a baby s bottom, your sparkling pixie eyes and your creative bloody genius You were my go to author when I hit a run of lamentable reads and you didn t let me down, you wonderful man.The story begins in 1919, post WWI England, in my own city of Norwich I don t actually own it, I just live here Tristan Sadler is the custodian of letters that were sent to his wartime buddy, Will Bancroft, by Bancroft s sister, Marian Told in alternating time periods, we learn of the men s kinship, forged in the tyranny of army training Truths are implied, rather than divulged, allowing the reader to anticipate what is to follow In fact, Boyne uses the show and not tell technique to great effect for much of the story Revelations are drip fed as slowly as coffee through a Gaggia machine themes of repressed homosexuality, unrequited love, betrayal, and an army s pack mentality are tossed into the bear pit of war Boyne s signature dish is a serving of flawed main character Tristan is one such character as stubborn as a mule doesn t think outside the box is ruled by his heart is petulant and jealous is sometimes brave, yet sometimes cowardly.Oh, it s all here, folks the foul, sludgy, shitty, rat infested, murderous horror of the trenches and the complexities of human relationships in an era when anything than a handshake between men would have elicited feelings of revulsion This mini epic held my interest throughout It was thought provoking, anger inducing and at times searingly heart breaking.And prepare yourselves for one devastating moment Gasp So cataclysmically moving please,please NO OOO John Boyne doesn t do tedium He writes gutsy, emotive books that you miss when you re away from them And the ending was befitting, revelatory and clever.Three cheers for John Boyne and his absorbing storytelling Hip, hip


  3. says:

    okay its official after two back to back 5 star books, john boyne has now made himself right at home on my favourite authors list i am OBSESSED with the way JB characters narrate their stories the sincerity and certain approachability they radiate allows the reader to devour and savour their words with such ease i dont think i have ever read anything quite like it with the absolutist, in particular, empathising and feeling for tristan seems second nature stories of war make me emotional regardless, but goodness me the brutal honesty about human nature and the desire to be loved and find comfort in the face of loneliness, my heart was a complete mess by the time i turned the last page i am just so impressed with john boynes ability to make me feel so many feels in just a couple hundred of pages his stories are such a lovely pleasure and privilege to read and i cant wait to pick up my next one 4.5 stars


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    Tristan Sadler, newly 21, travels to Norwich from his London home to take care of an errand he is dreading He has promised to deliver a sheaf of letters his friend Will Bancroft received while they fought together during World War I to Will s sister And while this errand dredges up memories of the fighting and the deaths that Tristan would rather not remember, it also forces him to confront his feelings, his actions, and the direction the rest of his life is going to take.Spending the day with Will s outspoken sister, Marian, as she deals with the frustration and sadness talking about her brother even three years after his death, serves as both a catharsis and a source of great pain and anxiety for Tristan But in the end, he has the opportunity to unburden his soul of things he has kept hidden for the three years since Will s death, although doing so may not provide the relief he desperately needs.To say that this book devastated me is an understatement It is easily one of the most beautifully written, emotionally gripping books I ve read this year, and perhaps in some time John Boyne s storytelling in this book reminds me a little of E.M Forster Maurice in particular and as the book moved toward a conclusion I feared, I couldn t tear myself away yet I didn t want the story to unfold and, ultimately, end This is a book about relationships, betrayal, courage, and standing up for yourself and your beliefs This is an almost poetic novel I won t soon forget, although definitely one that doesn t necessarily fill you with happiness and hope Truly one of the best books I ve read all year.


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    In his usual understated and deft manner, John Boyne has written a WWI story that is very different from all the others in this genre.Two young men, Sadler and Bancroft, train in the army together in England and are dispatched to the fields of Flanders in the same squad They share a secret and taboo friendship that must remain hidden But then a shocking case of barbarity by one of their squad finds the two friends on opposing sides of belief One will find himself with an unthinkable task One will survive and the other will perish under the most irregular of circumstances The survivor comes home to fulfil a promise he has made to his friend He will recount their experiences when he meets his friend s sister for an afternoon in 1919 an intense and uncomfortable few hours which brings no balm to either of them The manner of one death will haunt the other for all of his life Ultimately, he keeps a promise to himself in an ending to the story that will sucker punch the reader, caught completely unaware of his intention.How fortunate for any reader that the most talented of writers today, John Boyne, has decided to tell a story one, probably of many, which usually remains hidden from the world s view of WWI A story of immeasurable sadness John Irving The book is going to have an enormous impact on everyone who reads it. Colm T ib nMost Highly Recommended 5


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    Oh, how very tragic, sad, and moving this novel was It made the reality of World War 1 ever so awful as this author managed to make the reader aware and knowing due to his unforgettable and complex characters Having read three books fairly recently about the great war, a misnomer if ever there was one, the plight and hardship suffered by these young men was unbelievable It broke my heart to again be reminded of the carnage, the loss of young lives, and the utter depravity of war.We see a new facet of characters in Mr Boyle s novel, that of a gay young man in love with another, Will, who we are never quite sure of The feelings of death, of love, of loneliness are all brought forward in the characters of Tristan and Will They become the two true beings of what war can and does do to the human psyche Tristan is pathetic and never does reconcile himself to what he is, what he was, and how his life has gone about He pulls at you and makes you know inner turmoil so well that your heart wants to hold onto him and tell him things are ok and yet he would never believe that He doesn t know how to forgive anyone because of his protective shell, yet is the most hard on himself Will flounders as well Caught in the trap of thinking always about the wrongness of war, the actions of people shell shocked by it, and the morality of the killings, he becomes so rigid in his beliefs that he suffers the ultimate sacrifice in many ways other than the loss of his life He never can reconcile himself to his need for another man He hates himself for allowing his time with Tristan to be tainted by his conscience of morals and the rightness of situations He fights against his feelings for Tristan and denies the both of them the idea of love and human care even if among the same sex group at a time and place where love is most needed.John Boyle has given readers another way to look at war, another way to look at homosexuality, but mostly another way to feel the anger, despair, and futility of war No one wins really, no one survives really, no one grows untouched So sad, and yet so utterly true, war is hell It is this internal and external hell that Mr Boyle has so well presented in his novel.


  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this novel and found it an emotional read While reading this book I exclaimed out loud and cried and for me this is the basis on which I award 5 stars, I try to write a review on a novel as soon as I can after putting the book down as I like my review to express my feelings of the book when I closed the covers be that good bad or indifferent The absolutist had me so emotionally charged that I was thinking about the story even when I was not reading it The Absolutist is a wartime story and deals with the relationship between two young soldiers Tristan and Will The story is narrated by Tristan I loved the characters in this novel and felt that they were very well written I first came across the subject and storyline of this novel in a wonderful book called Michael Morpurgo and have since been very interested in the subject I love the flow of the Absolutist and think this is a very touching story very simply told I dont want to write too much about this story as I think its a book you have to read for yourself, I have read by John boyne and it was for me just an ok read however his book I absolutely loved For me this book was a real page turner and a great story.


  8. says:

    John Boyne brings the muddy trenches of WWI to life as twenty one year old Tristan Sadler narrates the story of his young life and personal friendship with Will Bancroft This unforgettable story has much sadness and heartbreak as Tristan unleashes his whopper of a secret, but OMGOSH, what a page turner complete with vivid descriptions of the horrors of war and a horror of a father.

    This is my third JB novel and definitely won t be my last The powerful ending made it a 5 star read for me


  9. says:

    there s a difference between breathing and being alive I ve been working my way through all of Boyne s books, and each time I start a new one I think to myself that there is no way this one can top the previous one And each and every time, not only have I found myself mistaken, I am left astonished by his blinding literary brilliance.There is no way to rate his books in order of best to worst.There simply is no worst.There isn t even a mediocre.This story has left me shattered.


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    As the story opens we meet Tristan Sadler The year is 1919 and he s travelling to Norwich to look up the sister of a friend who was killed in the First World War He s very nervous about meeting her, that much is clear, but there is less evidence yet as to the reason for his obvious trepidation All will be come clear, but not for some time We start to learn of Tristan s friendship with Will Bancroft in episodes that alternate with detail of his stay in Norwich It seems that they met during training at Aldershot and became close before being shipped off together to experience the horrors of trench warfare in France But it s all a bit complicated than that.Tristan had lied about his age to sign up for active duty, his father having disowned him and banished him from the family home following an episode at school Training at Aldershot was brutal, overseen by a bullying sergeant and a couple of his henchmen But if that was bad it was nothing compared to life in the trenches The sections detailing the lives of the fighting soldiers are grim and the horror of war is very effectively brought to life The feelings of fear and guilt are tangible and I still find it hard to get my head around the degree to which teenagers were routinely exposed to a level of atrocity that is simply hard to imagine It seems that none of the new recruits expected to live than a few weeks following deployment, and for quite a few this proved to be the case So it s a story about war but it s also the story of a difficult relationship between two young men It s a story of its time The prose is superb and the whole thing unravels in a way that maintains the suspense to the end We re given clear clues as to how it will all play out, but enough is held back to enable a shocking finale to be delivered So does it all add up to a resounding success Well, almost One thing that grated on me was the constant cruelty displayed by the authority figures here Tristan s father, the sergeant and even Will s father The older males in this book are one dimensional and unsparing in their brutishness In fact, the story totally lacks humour of any sort I know that there s not a lot of laughs to be had in a tale about the Great War, but it does tend to make this book a pretty bleak read.But the end the sheer quality of the storytelling did win me over Boyne is a master wordsmith and he s expert at drawing characters that suck you into his story I certainly don t think this is his best book but it s still pretty damned good.


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The Absolutist September Year Old Tristan Sadler Takes A Train From London To Norwich To Deliver Some Letters To Marian Bancroft Tristan Fought Alongside Marian S Brother Will During The Great War But In , Will Laid Down His Guns On The Battlefield, Declared Himself A Conscientious Objector And Was Shot As A Traitor, An Act Which Has Brought Shame And Dishonour On The Bancroft FamilyBut 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 CourageAs 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 PainThe Absolutist Is A Novel That Examines The Events Of The Great War From The Perspective Of Two Young Privates, Both Struggling With The Complexity Of Their Emotions And The Confusion Of Their Friendship

  • Hardcover
  • 309 pages
  • The Absolutist
  • John Boyne
  • English
  • 09 March 2019
  • 9780385616041

About the Author: John Boyne

John Boyne born 30 April 1971 in Dublin is an Irish novelist.He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories His