The Absolutist: An absolutely great read

the-absolutist-coverI could not put this one down.

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.

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One Response to The Absolutist: An absolutely great read

  1. Dane O. Love says:

    WW1 has just begun and two English boys meet during basic training and become fast friends. Tristan lies about his age to enlist because he has been thrown out of his parental house with his father’s condemnation that it would be best if he were killed by a German bullet. Will, the son of a vicar, enlists for patriotic reasons. The boys develop an emotional relationship that becomes strained when Will asks Tristan to support him in a point of principle. Tristan, the more pragmatic of the two, refuses because both he and WIll could be put into jeopardy if Will reveals what really happened to a prisoner of war.John Boyne deftly straddles the line between cowardice and honor and love and hate. He leaves us stunned as we careen toward an ending so unexpected that I cannot get it our of my mind. This novel is a true tour de force.

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