The Absolutist: An absolutely great read
March 15, 2013 1 Comment
The Absolutist begins in 1919 with the main character, Tristan Sadler, visiting Norwich to deliver letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, whom he fought with during the Great War.
The story leading up to this point began years prior as Tristan and Will first met at their training grounds. Throughout the novel, the bond between the two continues to grow. Given the time, it was quite interesting to read about the perception of their feelings, and the pain it caused the both of them, who are young and just beginning to discover who they are.
Of course the story takes place during the Great War, and that’s certainly not played down. Both men and their company, once finished with training, are sent to France where they must deal with the harsh realities of war. Their experiences in training, and on the battlefield play a large role in their relationship, as Will refuses to fight, drawing the ire if his superiors, and ultimately concluding the story in a very dramatic (though a bit unrealistic) way.
While it starts off slow, you’ll find you won’t want to put it down as Boyne’s characters, specifically Tristan and Will, have incredible depth. The story itself is one that will keep you turning the page. I highly recommend The Absolutist and give it a 5/5.