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The Absolutist: A Novel by the Author of The
The Absolutist: A Novel by the Author of The

The Absolutist: A Novel by the Author of The Heart's Invisible Furies

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Galleon Product ID 26280061
UPC / ISBN 1590515528
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Binding: Paperback
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Manufacturer John Boyne
Shipping Dimension 8.39 x 5.51 x 1.1 inches
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Author John Boyne
Brand John Boyne
Number Of Pages 320
Package Quantity 1
Publication Date 2012-07-10
Release Date 2012-07-10
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: Disowned by his family due to an ill-advised kiss, Tristan Sadler enlists in the English army, hoping to prove himself on the battlefield but instead finding an unlikely lover. What begins as a slow-building World War I period piece (“Steady on, old chap”) grows deeper, more curious, and uneasy as it progresses--and midway through this sad and beautiful story, you realize you’re in the hands of a quiet master. Piling questions atop half-truths, John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) has crafted a taut and tragic tale of love and war, with a kick-in-the-gut ending. The scenes in the trenches--“beneath the ground like cadavers"--are horrifying. So is the macho intolerance and fear of anyone who dares question the moral imperative of the terrible war, the alleged cowards and so-called “feather men.” --Neal Thompson Guest Review by John Irving I became an admirer of John Boyne’s writing with his first novel, The Thief of Time. His latest, The Absolutist, is a novel of immeasurable sadness, in a league with Graham Greene's The End of the Affair and a no less masterful handling of the first-person narrative voice than Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table. Boyne is very, very good at portraying the destructive power of a painfully kept secret —not to mention the damage done by the self-recriminations (and other condemnations) that are released when that secret is revealed. The Absolutist is one of those great stories that is not what it first seems, though what the story appears to be is a powerful enough premise to begin any novel: a young soldier, returning from World War One, is traveling from London to N