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The Sixth Lamentation (Father Anselm Mysteries #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,110 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
Based partly on the author's own life and family history, THE SIXTH LAMENTATION is an intelligent thriller full of twists, turns, and surprises that moves effortlessly back and forth in time between occupied France and modern day England. Edward Schwermann, an old man living in England in the mid-90s, seeks sanctuary in a Suffolk priory. Agnes Aubret has just been diagnose ...more
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Published July 14th 2003 by HighBridge Company (first published December 31st 1999)
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Tea Jovanović
Prva knjiga iz serijala o ocu Anselmu... Ostale nažalost nikada nisu prevedene na srpski... Autor koji je za ovajs erijal i nagrađivan... Obratite pažnju na njega ljubitelji priča o zaverama, misterijama i Drugom svetskom ratu...
The Book of Lamentations in the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) consists of five distinct poems, corresponding to its five chapters. Although traditionally ascribed to the prophet Jeremiah, there actually may be multiple authors although scholars are divided over this.
In naming his book The Sixth Lamentation William Broderick means to draw our attention to yet another calamity which has befallen the beleaguered Children of Israel, the Chosen People of God. While occurring after the closin
Oct 08, 2009 Marsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the end what I found interesting was that those who had suffered the worst had the most capacity to forgive.
Usually, I'm hard pressed to name a favorite book each year, but for 2011, there's simply no contest. Yesterday I finished The 6th Lamentation, by William Brodrick, and it's one of the 10 best books I've ever read. This is a complex novel, part historical fiction and part thriller, overflowing with compelling characters and fueled by an intricate plot in which nothing is what it seems.

A former Nazi officer, Eduard Schwermann, evaded prosecution for war crimes by escaping to England, where he's l
Erin Martin
Aug 08, 2015 Erin Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the reasons it is great to be a "reader." Beautifully written, clever plot, heartbreaking history, and will make an amazing movie. For the foreseeable future, when I am asked "what should I read?" by a friend, THIS book will be my recommendation. Those who have read Sarah's Key, with greater impression of Vel D'Hiv, will find their hearts torn open again.
Jun 12, 2015 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I have ever read.
It took me an age to finish this book as it didn't grab me at all. I was determined to finish it, eventhough I was thoroughly confused as to who was who by the end.
Stephen Hayes
I had mixed feelings about this book, which is about a Nazi war criminal who seeks sanctuary in an English monastery, but is eventually brought to trial.

Agnes Embleton, who is dying of motor neurone disease, writes down the story of her part in the French resistance to Nazi occupation, smuggling Jewish children out of France, using a monastery of the same order as that in which the war criminal has sought sanctuary. She writes the story for her granddaughter Lucy, in haste, knowing that she will
Nancy (NE)
Jan 24, 2012 Nancy (NE) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read my share of Holocaust novels. Brodrick's mystery is a tangled web of relationships and characters that peel open as the story progresses. ...moreI have read my share of Holocaust novels. Brodrick's mystery is a tangled web of relationships and characters that peel open as the story progresses. I thoroughly enjoyed his fluid, descriptive writing.

What was even more interesting to me was the author's background in relation to his protagonist. Broderick is a former priest turned lawyer.
Nov 03, 2008 bookyeti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed
Brilliant debut demonstrates storytelling at its best

The 6th Lamentation — Brodrick’s dazzling debut on the events leading up to, and following, the Nazi’s occupation of France during World War II, and the impact on those who lived through it — is a novel of immense ethical intricacy, startling enlightenments and turnarounds. An effectual combination of fact and fiction, the story melds the past and present, spanning three generations…concluding in place where modern day retribution and past atr
Jun 10, 2009 Colleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my beach reads--probably not a good choice. It's a very complicated story--the kind of book where I need someone else to read it to see if I "got it." There are several different narrators of this book. I had a difficult time keeping track of who they all were, especially the monks who had similar names. Basically, the plot is that a former Nazi requests sanctuary at a monastery. Then you have a sub-plot of the monastery trying to decide how to deal with this situation. Then you ...more
May 06, 2011 Suzierussell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book written with a very light touch and total lack of melodrama, which is the ideal approach when writing about people whose lives were tragically affected by the Holocaust. Father Anselm is an English monk whose peaceful life of prayer is disrupted when a recently-exposed Nazi war criminal seeks Sanctuary in his monastery.

Lucy is the grand-daughter of a French woman, Agnes, who refuses to speak of her experiences in war-time Paris and subsequent internment in Auschwitz. Agnes is diagnosed wi
A novel combining history, the Holocaust and the Church. There has been a lot said about about the attitude of the Catholic Church to the Holocaust in recent years and this book explores uncomfortable areas of potential anti-semitism within the institution. Although dealing with historical issues of huge proportions and significance, Boderick's book weaves a story of intricate detail and, if you can handle the many twists and turns, is ultimately satisfying. To be honest I struggled to stay with ...more
John Lee
Dec 29, 2015 John Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure if this review should be here because I didnt read the book. This was an audio book.
Over Christmas we would be doing many Motorway miles and so I searched for an audio book to help while away the driving hours. This was not the first time that I had done this. The first time was many years ago. Then, we chose an audio book from the library very much at random and that introduced me to Deryn Lake who became a firm favourite and whose entire catalogue both my wife and I later read.

Jun 04, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE 6TH LAMENTATION. (2003). William Brodrick. ****.
This was the first novel from this author. After fumbling about for a bit, the story actually begins. There are really two stories here, which ultimately intertwine, but are used in a contrapuntal manner. Our main character for one side of the story is Father Anselm, a former attorney who shifted career paths and entered the priesthood. He is based at Larkwood Priory in Suffolk. The time of this story is 1995. He is approached by an old man who
Tracey Mcd
Aug 16, 2015 Tracey Mcd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex. I almost needed a chart to keep the characters straight, especially when they are called different names. Plus there are multiple almost casual references to monastery life. The story is sad and at times unbelievable. But based on other stories, life as a Jew who survived WW2 Europe could have been this difficult and unbelievable.
Jo-anne Atkinson
Father Anselm was once a barrister but decided that the secular life was not for him and joined a monastery. One day a stranger appears at the monastery and asks for sanctuary, he is an accused Nazi war criminal. During the war a group of young people arranged to smuggle Jewish children to safety from occupied Paris until they were betrayed. Most were killed but Agnes Aubret survived the death camps to marry and settle in England. Now a younger generation is looking for answers and vengeance.

I c
Ian Kirkpatrick
Jun 02, 2014 Ian Kirkpatrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This intelligent novel examines the consequences of secrets and lies from the past and their emotional resonance to the present.

It follows two main narrative threads that slowly intertwine. The first concerns Father Anselm, once a barrister, now a monk, and the suspected war criminal Eduard Schwermann who claims sanctuary at Anselm’s priory. The second thread follows terminally ill Agnes Aubret who decides to reveal the secrets of her war-time exploits to her Granddaughter Lucy. Agnes had once b
Sep 04, 2015 Guy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super-read
I needed some fairly brainless reading and bought three books from a charity shop for next to nothing. This was one of them. Was I in for a surprise? This was a superb piece of fiction closely intertwined around events in occupied Paris in 1940 and 'modern day' UK.

The plot was intricately complex with a real sting in the end. It also touched upon some of the moral issues surrounding trial of old men for crimes committed half a century ago.

I was very surprised to learn that this was the first of
Feb 16, 2015 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sharon Zink
Jan 10, 2016 Sharon Zink rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
How did this book ever get published? The editor must have been a close friend. The author has a cardboard ear, and his language is stilted and does not read easily. I dreaded reading my self-assigned three chapters a day. It is the story of a Nazi who was found, tried for war crimes, and acquitted. The book was chopped up into little segments in each chapter, for what reason I don't know. I got the characters mixed up. I am not sure about everything that happened in this book. I wish I had neve ...more
Oct 25, 2014 henrys-axe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novels, or for that matter even non-fiction, centered on the holocaust are often difficult to read. Well written ones, such as The Sixth Lamentation , can leave the reader emotionally drained. Brodrick handles the topic well and adapts the historical realities of the era in a most acceptable manner. Though the story sometimes leads to some confusion, it is complete with many twists and turns almost to the final page. Nothing is as it seems (a line used by the author several times in the novel).
Janette Fleming
Jul 12, 2011 Janette Fleming rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
In creating clerical detective Father Anselm William Brodrick, drew upon his own experience first as an Augustinian friar and later as a practicing barrister plus the actual story in the Sixth Lamentation is loosely based on the wartime experiences of his mother

Elderly Agnes Aubret lived through the German occupation of Paris and the persecution of its Jewish citizens but now time is running out for her as she is dying from motor neurone disease. At Father Anselm's monastery a man has just claim
May 23, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talk about a well written mystery, shrouded by the past: the German Occupation in France, the various branches of the church and their motivations, even family secrets, shady dealings, and several whiplash turns toward the end all play roles in this very well written book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end!

I had picked up this book from a trip to northern England and the Barter Books store in Alnwick, England. For anyone who loves books, a trip by their train depot turned bookstore is a MUST!

Dec 25, 2010 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This was the first "Richard and Judy" recommendation that I've read, and I left it wondering what percentage of their viewers would be gripped by this mystery. Less than one? Less than five, surely, because the fact is that this literary thriller wasn't all that gripping at the best of times. The Holocaust, and the psychological fall out from it, inspires hundreds of plot devices these days, the best of which I've encountered in novels like "The Good German". Even Big Steve had a go at it in "Ap ...more
Nancy Oakes
This is a first novel? My gosh...if this is the first, I am eagerly anticipating the 2nd. I started this book at 10 pm and finished it at 1 am. I couldn't bring myself to stop reading - it was that good. Not only as a mystery, but as a novel in general. The ending is a little too formulaic, but a surprise which I must say I never saw coming. The ending is the reason the book gets a 9...I was a little let down at the way things sort of just a little too neatly fit. Other than that, it is a fine,n ...more
Ubik 2.0
Oct 23, 2012 Ubik 2.0 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La sindrome da accumulo di Finali

La Sesta Lamentazione è un romanzo inizialmente ben impostato, ricco di materiali, argomenti e (forse troppi...) personaggi e dotato di ambientazioni interessanti.

Fa parte di quel genere narrativo, spesso (ma non in questo caso) inserito in un contesto poliziesco, in cui le vicende partono dal contemporaneo ma affondano le loro radici, le motivazioni dei protagonisti e le cause profonde degli eventi in episodi della storia passata ed in particolare negli anni del
Aug 28, 2010 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few weeks ago I read Restless by William Boyd and thought it could have and should have been more interesting and exciting; so far, the 6th lamentation is like the more interesting and exciting and better written version of Restless that I had hoped to find.
Ok, now i've finished this book, it's GREAT and i recommend it. However, you do have to really pay attention. A lot goes on and it's hard to keep track of everyone and everything.
I'd say the end does feel a leeeetle rushed, like h
Nov 19, 2011 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jewish-themes
Re-reading this....

LATER: I remember being impressed with this book the first time I read it, but somewhat confused at the end of the book as to what had really happened. I decided to re-read it, paying careful attention to all details. Unfortunately, I still find the ending confusing. There's lots of good stuff in this story about memory, history, & responsibility. People in the present time are dealing with events from Nazi Germany, these people including not only Nazis & survivors fro
This is a tough book to review. It's a book club book not one I would probably have chosen for myself, however it turned out to be incredibly interesting flicking between past and present talking about issues often discussed and rarely understood like the holocaust and the corruption of the Catholic Church, if you like that sort of thing definitely give this a try and if you don't or you don't know much about it give it a go anyway as you might just learn something, very informative and interest ...more
Jul 16, 2008 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, history fanatics (especially World War people)
I'm currently reading this book and so far it has a different, appealing plot to it even though this isn't typically the type of book I would read. However, the author's language can be unintentionally very confusing and ambiguous at times. It makes it slightly frustrating to read -- certain sentences are not lucid enough and this affects my perception and interpretation of the plot and significance.

I've heard a lot of good things about this book and read a lot of good reviews, but for
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William Brodrick was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1960. Having lived in Canada since he was eleven, he went to school in Australia and England, and went on to take a BA in Philosophy and Theology, then a MTh (Master of Theology) and a Degree of Utter Barrister. Brodrick worked on a logging camp in British Columbia, Canada, before joining the Augustinian Friars (1979-1985). He began his life as a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Father Anselm Mysteries (6 books)
  • The Gardens of the Dead (Father Anselm, #2)
  • A Whispered Name (Father Anselm, #3)
  • The Day of the Lie (Father Anselm, #4)
  • The Discourtesy of Death (Father Anselm, #5)
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