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The Absolutist by John Boyne
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Oct 08, 2011

it was amazing
Read from October 08 to 13, 2011

I have just finished the last page of this book and tears are still stinging at my eyes. A huge lump has formed in my throat and my chest has tightened. John Boyne has written with such poignancy and depth of feeling, I almost feel as though I were the protagonist in this book.
I wanted to read this book, primarily because the synopsis states "Tristan Sadler takes the train from London to Norwich". I grew up near Norwich and so my interest was piqued for that reason, and for the fact that it was a War story which I revere.
I was carried from the first page into the life of Tristan Sadler, through his adolescent trials, broken friendships, alienation from his family and his subsequent recruitment into the army, and I was sat with him in those mud-infested trenches and scratched at the lice alongside him. Every word, every sentence, every paragraph gripped me to the very last page.
I don't think I will read another book quite like this one for a long time yet.
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