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The Absolutist de [Boyne, John]
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"A thought-provoking and surprising page-turner that for some readers may recall Ian McEwan's Atonement, another novel with themes of war and recrimination." ---Library Journal Starred Review

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September 1919: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a clutch of letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War. They trained together. They fought together.

But in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield and declared himself a conscientious objector, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family.

The letters, however, are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep within him. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. Whatever happens, this meeting will change his life – forever.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 717 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 321
  • Editor: Transworld Digital (12 de mayo de 2011)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B004ZEN19E
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  • Valoración media de los clientes: 3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 1 opinión de cliente
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The plot in this book was very slow reading. It was easy to guess the ending at the middle of the book.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Outstanding book 24 de septiembre de 2012
Por Jay C. Pack - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Have you ever read a book that so upset you, so pissed you off, that you kept thinking-well when I finish this; I am going to write to this author and give him a piece of my mind, and then you realize that the piece of your mind that you want to give him is that he has written a book-that has in it's transformative power, touched you at the most raw places in your mind and heart? Such was my experience with "The Absolutist" by John Boyne, an Irish writer most well known for his bestselling children's book "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." This is a book that is difficult to fit into a specific niche. Although there is a sexual relationship between two men, it can in no way be neatly packed away into the genre "Gay Literature." "A War Story", yes perhaps, but not one that hits you in the face like, let's say "All Quiet on the Western Front." No this writer is far too good for the direct hit approach; he instead relies on the slow sly systems used to write a good novel, the building of character and plot through action and description and suggestions. There is a scene in the book which I read through the veil of my tears where one knows that there can be no good outcome, but Mr. Boyne skillfully keeps you out there on the skinny branches, hoping against hope that something will happen that will change the probable consequences, but when the inevitable comes to fruition, you have the feeling of being sucker punched in the gut. At the end of the day, it can best be described as "A Morality Tale", but oh what a tale is told along the way. This is not a book that I will find easy to have in person discussions about, it took charge of a part of my heart that I am pretty sure will make it all but impossible to discuss without, quite frankly, losing it. I am an avid reader, averaging 40-50 books a year, and one of the reasons that I am compelled to keep reading as much as I do is that every once in a while something comes along that is so extraordinary, so thought provoking that it makes me realize that I have to reorganize my list of the best books that I have ever read. "The Absolutist" by John Boyne is such a book.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The author is an "absolutist" 3 de abril de 2017
Por sue c. - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This is my second Boyne novel and will definitely not be my last. Nothing is wasted in his writing; every word is essential. Although this can be construed as a heartbreaking story, it is constructed with such nuance that it never cloys.

Another reviewer opined that the wrap-up was gratuitous. I cannot disagree more with that view. Seeing the characters in that last setting formed a perfect conclusion to the story at hand.

John Boyne's voice competes with the best when it comes to expressing the sheer horror of war through the naive victims who bought into the same-old, same-old that seems to repeat itself ad nauseam.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Beautifully awful story 8 de junio de 2017
Por John L - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Tragic story, beautifuly told. Have read a couple of Boyne's books now and find them incredibly readable, compelling.
Captures more than anyone else the complex emotional uniqueness of a gay man's life, without dwelling on the physical aspect of relationships, which a lot of gay literature tends to do.
It is difficult for us to imagine how it must have been in the era of this novel when gay life was further complicated by illegality, social and family rejection.
But this story challenges on many other levels; survival and success in spite of social hippocracies and the twisted morality of war.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas War makes monsters of men. 21 de marzo de 2016
Por nevina - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Lord, what a traumatic read this is. John Boyne's understated writing expertly evokes the hell that was a soldiers life in the trenches of world war 1.
Tristan, returned from the war, goes to visit the sister of his fallen friend, Will Bancroft. Ostensibly to return some letters to her but really to tell her the story of her brothers war. I was engaged and invested from the first line. I could see it all, the insanity of war, the awful conditions and events, senseless loss of life, and the terrible grief and shame of those left behind. Slowly a story more horrific than the living conditions of the men involved could ever be was revealed. I was absolutely stunned by the way things turned out for Will. Jaw droppingly stunned. If ever there was a book that brilliantly portrays how war makes monsters of men then this is it.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The best book about war 21 de enero de 2017
Por David Pagan - Publicado en Amazon.com
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John Boyne is a variable author - some of his books are brilliant, some not so good. This one is in the first category. He uses a gay encounter to drive the narrative but this is NOT a gay book.

Two volunteers training at Aldershot prior to being shipped to the front circa 1916 have a brief gay liaison which means more to one of them than to the other. At the front they experience very different destinies and the survivor returns home with letters written to the other by his sister which he arranges to return to the lady.

The book skips between the past (the war) and the present, 1919 and the story unfolds. What is cowardice ? Do the peace- time rules and standards apply in war ? Who are we to judge what a person does in the madness of war ? All of the arguments are presented very subtly and it is a very good, if harrowing, read.

I had always seen Pat Barker as the great WW1 writer; this is better than anything she has written.
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