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The Absolutist

Boyne, John, 1971- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Tristan Sadler, a gay soldier, recalls his time spent fighting in World War I and the intensity of his friendship with Will Bancroft, a soldier who became a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor.
Authors: Boyne, John, 1971-
Statement of Responsibility: John Boyne
Title: The absolutist
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2012
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain in 2011 by Doubleday."
Summary: Tristan Sadler, a gay soldier, recalls his time spent fighting in World War I and the intensity of his friendship with Will Bancroft, a soldier who became a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor.
Subject Headings: Soldiers Fiction Gay men Fiction World War, 1914-1918 Campaigns Western Front Fiction World War, 1914-1918 Conscientious objectors Fiction
Topical Term: Soldiers
Gay men
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
LCCN: 2012000433
ISBN: 9781590515525
1590515528
Branch Call Number: FIC B
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Tristan survived World War I — at least bodily. Safe now from the bullets, Tristan makes it a mission to meet the sister of a man he served in the army. Although The Absolutist is set during war, it is less about the battlefield and more about the psychology of war, and the way relationships deve... Read More »


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Aug 22, 2013
  • muffin0321 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a book!!! Great story - hard to put down. I loved his first book "the boy in the striped pajamas" and this held my attention just as well. I hope he continues to write - my favorite author.

Jul 12, 2013
  • MaisieMilo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is almost on a par with Pat Barkers *Regeneration.* The author peoples the cast of characters with a conscientious objector, regular army, and gay men, and the dual timeline explores both the war years and the ramifications thereof. Recommended.

Oct 31, 2012
  • suevi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you rate a read by the degree you ponder its contents - whether characters, plot or language - then this deserves my 5 star rating. The story is as intriguing as it is gut-wrenching, and the issues it raises will linger long on your mind.

Oct 19, 2012
  • mogie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was an interesting read. I've not read any of Boyne's books before nor has this compelled me to explore his writing further. It was well written and I liked it. The writing is clear and does not drag. I found it to evoke a range of emotions as I read.

At best, the author, John Boyne, has given us a sappy melodrama. Even worse, though, while seemingly sympathetic to his gay protagonist, Boyne's deeply flawed novel can be easily interpeted as a homophobic tract.

Jul 29, 2012
  • maven rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Poor writing. Too much talking, not enough interesting going on, and the characters didn't feel like real people.

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