The Absolutist

The Absolutist It is September twenty one year old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft the man he fought alongside during the Grea

It is September 1919 twenty one year old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan s visit He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it As Tristan recIt is September 1919 twenty one year old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan s visit He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they ve turned the last page.

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  1. John Boyne born 30 April 1971 in Dublin is an Irish novelist.He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories His novels are published in over 50 languages The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which to date has sold than 7 million copies worldwide, is a 1 New York Times Bestseller and a film adaptation was released in September 2008 Boyne resides in Dublin He is represented by the literary agent Simon Trewin at WME in London, United Kingdom.His most recent publication is the novel The Heart s Invisible Furies , published in the UK in February 2017 It will be published in the USA in August.

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  1. Phenomenal The nitty gritty realityof what frickin war can can do and not do oh how I LOVE JOHN BOYNE My God I had NO IDEA what I would discover when I started reading this AMAZING NOVELorytelling that is sooooo good so much I wish to say I m completely SPENT.EVERY EMOTION triggered HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  2. In his usual understated and deft manner, John Boyne has written a WWI story that is very different from all the others in this genre.Two young men, Sadler and Bancroft, train in the army together in England and are dispatched to the fields of Flanders in the same squad They share a secret and taboo friendship that must remain hidden But then a shocking case of barbarity by one of their squad finds the two friends on opposing sides of belief One will find himself with an unthinkable task One wil [...]

  3. Tristan Sadler, newly 21, travels to Norwich from his London home to take care of an errand he is dreading He has promised to deliver a sheaf of letters his friend Will Bancroft received while they fought together during World War I to Will s sister And while this errand dredges up memories of the fighting and the deaths that Tristan would rather not remember, it also forces him to confront his feelings, his actions, and the direction the rest of his life is going to take.Spending the day with W [...]

  4. I really enjoyed this novel and found it an emotional read While reading this book I exclaimed out loud and cried and for me this is the basis on which I award 5 stars, I try to write a review on a novel as soon as I can after putting the book down as I like my review to express my feelings of the book when I closed the covers be that good bad or indifferent The absolutist had me so emotionally charged that I was thinking about the story even when I was not reading it The Absolutist is a wartime [...]

  5. Onvan The Absolutist Nevisande John Boyne ISBN 1590515528 ISBN13 9781590515525 Dar 309 Safhe Saal e Chap 2011

  6. I was immediately drawn to the book because it s partly set in my stamping ground of Norfolk The protagonist Tristan is on his way to Norwich at the beginning to meet a mysterious someone or other which is nicely protracted until it needs to be revealed There s a irritating and lengthy section in his boarding house which achieved nothing other than to tell the reader oh no, homosexuality is verboten in England as if they wouldn t know and people don t like it which of course they know too It all [...]

  7. My enjoyment of The Absolutist took me by surprise I honestly wasn t expecting to like it as much as I did So much for preconceived notions The Absolutist is a war story, one that takes place during World War I, not one of my favorite subjects But this one is so well written and poignant that it caught my attention immediately and kept me turning those pages, even when I couldn t bear the outcome The opening scenes give us a glimpse of Tristan Sadler, a young war weary soldier as he returns to L [...]

  8. 4.5Essa uma hist ria bonita e ao mesmo tempo muito triste Na maior parte do tempo ela s triste Mas triste de um jeito bonito, entende Aqui a gente vai conhecer a hist ria de Trista, um soldado na Primeira Guerra, que acaba se apaixonando por outro soldado e tem que lidar com o sofrimento de ser gay numa poca em que nem existia isso de ser gay Voc s era uma aberra o e olhe l Da junto com esse drama todo existe uma GUERRA acontecendo e muita gente morrendo e voc tem uma hist ria perfeita para te d [...]

  9. I came across this book by chance I picked it up and while reading the inside cover, I realized that the author, John Boyne, is also the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas a book, which although seems controversial from reviewers points of view, was one I really loved This story takes place during the Great War and the time immediately after the war ends War veteran Tristan Sadler, who is 20 years old in the fall of 1919, takes a train from his home in London to Norwich to deliver a packag [...]

  10. There aren t a lot of books that can break my heart No matter how much I m able to connect with the characters or find myself lost in the action, I don t make a habit of emotionally investing myself on such a visceral level It s not something I make a conscience decision on, I just read so much that if I allowed myself to put my emotions into every book I read, I would be a basket case But every once in a while, I can t help myself I allow myself to fully invest in what I m reading I get so invo [...]

  11. John Boyne brings the muddy trenches of WWI to life as twenty one year old Tristan Sadler narrates the story of his young life and personal friendship with Will Bancroft This unforgettable story has much sadness and heartbreak as Tristan unleashes his whopper of a secret, but OMGOSH, what a page turner complete with vivid descriptions of the horrors of war and a horror of a father.This is my third JB novel and definitely won t be my last The powerful ending made it a 5 star read for me.

  12. The author draws the First World War s trench warfare with a deft hand We are in the trenches of Picardy, France The second theme is the taint of homosexuality as viewed by people of this time Here the setting is Chiswick and Norwich, England The third theme is opposition to the war pacifism versus staunch patriotism To be labeled as a featherman, conscientious objector or absolutists was to be scorned by all Absolutists were those who would in no way involve themselves with war, not even as str [...]

  13. How does one begin to review The Absolutist by John Boyne To say I am, forgive me while I use a World War one descriptive, shell shocked, would be an understatement Sitting quietly in the corner of the living room merely an hour after finishing the book, subdued lighting my only company and a book jacket design I find hard to tear myself from, I gorge in its simplicity, its effectiveness, its evocativeness Breath taking The British Army, by the end of The Great War , had dealt with 80,000 cases [...]

  14. I motored through this book much quickly than I usually read a novel The story was compelling the dialogue moved me along quickly Off the top of my head, I can say that the book was not enjoyable but considering the subject matter, it was probably not meant to be I didn t like the characters Liking or not liking them was not the point They were all human beings, dealing with a variety of stresses How could they be likeable Life was a struggle Life was hell The point is that they seemed real.Nov [...]

  15. 4 stars It was great I loved it John Boyne is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors I found this novel to be evocative and thought provoking And while it is certainly a despondent read as well, never so much so that the reader hesitates to pick it back up I found myself thinking of the characters while not reading it always a great sign Coincidentally, it was a very fitting selection for a Memorial Day weekend God bless our soldiers across the world, but especially those souls that fought [...]

  16. Yes or No It sounds over simplistic but much of life s choices do come down to a yes or a no Some things are non negotiable Our hero, Tristan Sadler, knows who he is, he s always known His problem is how others react to that Though it s a gift that he s become clear about his values he still has to fit into the world and he has a sincere desire to connect with others The Absolutist is a coming of age story set against the First World War This might sound dated but Tristan s dilemmas are timeless [...]

  17. The Absolutist is a tender and harrowing exploration of love, betrayal, bravery, and cowardice, set in the trenches in France during World War I The story begins in 1919, with twenty one year old Tristan Sadler making a trip to Norwich to deliver some letters to the sister of a man who had died in the war, Will Bancroft Through a series of flashbacks, Boyne explores the relationship between Tristan and Will, and while it s clear from the beginning that there isn t going to be a happy ending, it [...]

  18. The Absolutist is a beautifully written heart wrenching story set in the midst of World War 1 The story is Tristan Sandler s, a boy who at 17 1 2 years old lies about his age to enlist in the army to fight Germany and who s life is altered forever by his experiences Tristan meets Will Bancroft in bootcamp and their relationship becomes Tristan s anchor and his torment throughout his time fighting in trenches in France After the war and some years later, Tristan meets Will s sister and has the ch [...]

  19. Interesting World War I historical fiction narrated by a man carrying a tremendous burden The narrator, Tristan, is pitch perfect but some of the other characters seemed too broadly or inconsistently sketched and felt unreal Nevertheless, a real page turner and I liked it.One observation it wasn t really about the absolutist Shouldn t it have been called The Feather Man

  20. D nyaya erkek olarak gelseydim, bu d nya g r umle, imdi oldu um gibi bir vicdani redci olurdum imdi bir de 1 D nya Sava n d n n O gencecik erkekleri, militarist g r e kar vicdani redci olmay Ve bir askerin ba ka bir askere a k olmas n Di erinin bunu kullan p ink r etmesini Sanki hepimiz iddete kar ba kl k kazanm z yle olmas n diye ok z l yorum ama bazen u hengamede, sadece susup oturdu um oluyor Sava Bar A k Nefret iddet Siddetsizlik D nya z t kutuplardan m ibaret yoksa Kitap beni da tt ama topa [...]

  21. I try not to write reviews that consist of the phrases a must read or it was an awesome book only because people who read reviews want to know I initially did not write a review because I wanted to be lazy Nor did I want to have to go into detail about all the themes that are presented in this novel Themes such as true love, betrayal, cowardice, finding ones self, homosexuality, and basic human nature good and bad.I don t want to give anything away so I will say that this it was an awesome book [...]

  22. This is a very profound story about being a homosexual and WW1 It is very honest and written with a lot of insight I was very impressed again by John Boyne Very readable

  23. Really lovely, but depressing tale of a young veteran of the first World War The time frame swaps back and forth between his post wartime visit to the sister of a fallen comrade and the boys actual time together in training and in the trenches They were best friends, he reports, and he is coming to return the letters she wrote her brother over the time of his military service He has another piece of information to share, and his anxiety over this news is tense the author does a nice job in makin [...]

  24. When I added this book to my want to read list on GR, it was for the following reasons 1 It takes place during world war 1 thus it must be teeming with enriching historical insertions that I take in with relish.2 It is a gay romance, thus it must vigorously investigate homosexual liaisons and the torment of their clandestinity during the Great War.For those reasons, I had presumed that The Absolutist would appeal to my tastes But, as my one star rating would suggest, this book did not impress me [...]

  25. I had heard of this novel through the Books on the Nightstand podcast I believe both Ann and Michael were highly recommending it.I finished it last night, and as I sit here pondering what to write about it, I m also torn between giving it one or five stars.Yeah, you read that right I can t decide if I didn t like it or if was it amazing.Well, I can t give it one star This is a book that will stay with me a very long time In my world, that criteria ranks five stars.However Here s where things get [...]

  26. The Absolutist begins with a soldier named Tristan traveling to visit the sister of his friend Will, who fought with him in World War I Then it flashes back to Tristan s experiences in basic training where he meets Will for the first time and they form a close friendship From that point on the story alternates between the two time periods.Early on in the novel it becomes obvious that Tristan s affections for the male friends in his life mean to him than just normal fond feelings of camaraderie [...]

  27. This book was brilliant It was everything I was hoping for and a whole lot besides.Set predominately in the year 1919, the story unfolds through the eyes of former soldier Tristan Sadler as he struggles to come to terms with events in his past, namely his experiences in the trenches during the First World War in 1916 and his intense, complicated relationship with fellow soldier Will Bancroft, all of which is told through a series of flashbacks Through these flashbacks, the horrors and trauma bo [...]

  28. Bestselling author of Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne, returns to the theme of examining a period in history throu the eyes of two boys Conscripted into the army at eighteen years of age, Will Bancroft is the son of a vicar, raised in the genteel English countryside Seventeen year old Londoner Tristan Sadler, having been kicked out of home early in life by his abusive family, lied about his age and illegally enlisted in the army The two meet in bootcamp at Aldershot and quickly form an un [...]

  29. This is the second novel I ve read by John Boyne the other being A History of Loneliness and already I feel like they were both written to a formula Moving backwards and forwards in time with a terrible secret only revealed in the end I always am surprised to see Boyne s youngish face in his author photo, just a few years older than me, because his novels always feel as if they are coming from someone who has lived their entire life The main character and narrator is Tristan Sadler, a British Wo [...]

  30. I love starting the new year with a 5 star book This book was so hard to put down Such a page turner with some surprises Very well done.

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