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The Absolutist

Boyne, John, 1971- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Absolutist


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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.
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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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