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The Absolutist

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    Tristan Sadler, disowned by his family, enlists in the British a

    Tristan Sadler, disowned by his family, enlists in the British army at the age of 17 to fight in the Great War. He almost immediately falls in love with Will, another soldier, during training who later becomes an 'absolutist' when they are fighting on the front lines. An absolutist is a soldier who refuses to participate in a war whatsoever. Will was shot by a firing squad as a coward.

    After the war, Tristan is shattered by what he has seen and experienced. He finally travels to Norwich to meet with Will's sister to return a packet of letters...and to unburden himself and convince Will's family that he did not die as a coward.

    Please let me say that this book is SO much more than I have attempted to describe...the characters are so well-drawn, the plot so deftly layered. You will constantly be surprised by secrets, nuances and tragedies. This is an amazing novel, and I highly recommend it. My review does not do it justice.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    John Boyne creates a vivid scene of the brutality of war and the

    John Boyne creates a vivid scene of the brutality of war and the emotional turmoil of young boys sent to the trenches of France in the Great War. Tristan, a troubled lad who has been shunned by his family, enlists when under age in order to fight. He is drawn to the charismatic Will, who plays with his heart and only adds to Tristan's confusion. When Will is branded a coward and sentenced to death by firing squad, Tristan must grapple with the true meaning of being a featherman in a way that will have repercussions for his entire life. Boyne skilfully explores the dilemma of moral courage vs duty to country through the journey of two young soldiers thrust too soon into manhood in the madness of battle. And through his absorbing prose the reader will, just as Tristan does, finally realise that honour has many different meanings.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Excellent Read

    One of the best written, although sadly tragic gay love stories every written. Tastefully written for all readers it is a true tales of love, tragedy, devotion, pain, and agony set during the great war.

    Well written with excellent character development.

    Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Great Book! Could not put it down.

    Great Book! Could not put it down.

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    I thought this was a very powerful book depicting the horrors an

    I thought this was a very powerful book depicting the horrors and
    futility of war and of the derision and hatred suffered by those who do
    not join in "the game". Mr. Boyne knows just how to weave his
    story so that we are always kept wondering, moving from the present to
    the past and back again for his characters. It is a very sad story and
    the events of his military stint and brief encounters with the man he so
    admires and grows to love influence his entire life. I thoroughly
    enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Mr. Boyne's works.

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