Welcome to BOOK CLUB, a joint venture between me and Jen from Devourer of Books. Today we are discussing The Absolutist by John Boyne which is being published by Other Press. The Absolutist is out today.
From the Publisher:
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 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.
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I am going to go light on the questions initially because I am really curious to see what arises naturally out of the discussion.
- What were your general impressions of the book, and how did your thoughts and opinions evolve as the story unfolded?
- Did you think about the title of the book at all? Did it shape your experience and thoughts while reading? How? Did anyone know from the beginning what it meant to be an “absolutist”?
12 copies of The Absolutist were provided by Other Press in order to facilitate this discussion. Thank you so much!