Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Het zesde klaaglied” as Want to Read:
Het zesde klaaglied
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Het zesde klaaglied (Father Anselm Mysteries #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,292 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
Een klooster biedt asiel aan een vermeende oorlogsmisdadiger. Pater Anselmus, voor zijn intreden jurist, raakt betrokken bij het onderzoek. Hij ontdekt dat de Kerk een rol heeft gespeeld bij de vlucht van de nazi naar Engeland.
Tegelijkertijd besluit Agnes, overlevende van concentratiekampen en nu stervend, haar geheimen aan haar kleindochter Lucy toe te vertrouwen. Zij wa
Paperback, 415 pages
Published 2003 by Luitingh-Sijthoff (first published December 31st 1999)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Het zesde klaaglied, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Het zesde klaaglied

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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 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
Jul 12, 2015 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.
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
Jun 10, 2009 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
Rebecca McNutt
This book was more interesting than most of the mysteries I've read that center around war criminals, and though the book began to get really predictable about halfway through, it was still a great story with a deep plot and a variety of different characters.
Sep 09, 2014 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.
Phil Lawless
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, brodrick
This is the first Fr. Anselm novel, which currently number six. It is a superb first novel and I eagerly want to read more. It is a story rooted in the Nazi occupation of Paris in WWII and the betrayal of a resistance group of rescuers of Jews. It is written with twists and turns that occur up to the last pages. And one of the central characters has ALS and declines throughout the novel.
Amanda G. Stevens
Apr 29, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Why I Stopped Reading on p. 34: Adverb mania, purple prose, flat protagonist whose only purpose, at ten percent in, is to observe others. Every character's words and actions are explained in detail, as if the reader won't understand people's behavior otherwise. The story itself might be great, but I can't keep going.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At a certain point, I couldn't put it down. Motor neuron disease, the Holocaust, 'sins of the fathers' coming home to roost, convoluted entanglements, lies and secrets sound like a recipe for a depressing read but in the end the mood is hopeful. Like the main character Father Anselm, the reader will think time after time that the mystery has all been revealed but the surprises continue to the end and hardly anything is as it first seems. Wonderful insight and literary skill.
Nov 02, 2008 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 04, 2014 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
Ian Kirkpatrick
Jun 02, 2014 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
May 06, 2011 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
Nancy (NE)
Jan 10, 2012 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.
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
Tracey Mcd
Jun 28, 2015 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.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex and gripping, this novel requires full-attention in order to get the most from it. As usual I'm utterly useless at guessing outcomes, but enjoy being pleasantly surprised at the various revelations.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I decided to go back and read the first four Father Anselm novels after enjoying the fifth one (The Discourtesy of Death). This one is set in 1995 England and deals with events that occurred in 1942 France; specifically, was or was someone not knowingly participating in the Holocaust? It is basically a case of secret identities and (un)willingness to deal with the past. There are a lot of characters to keep straight, but thankfully only a few important ones. Probably could have used a post ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot and characters. a little too complicated for me to follow all the twist and turns.
The complex nature of the plot and the multitude of characters demanded more concentration that I was willing to give. Brodick’s literary style clouds the story. Skimmed to finish.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Grikitis
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deeply moving and beautifully written, this is an absorbing morality tale. At its heart is a betrayal that took place in Nazi occupied France in 1942. By whom and for what reason is the puzzle that is slowly unraveled as the story progresses. A captivating story with intriguing twists and turns.
Janette Fleming
May 01, 2010 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
Ubik 2.0
Oct 20, 2012 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
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3rd book of his I read (in the wrong order, I admit...). such a joy!
in this book, Brother Anselm is introduced and is shown to be both accomplished and human, while his doubts are simultaneously underlined.
the book also has erudition left right & centre, without the feeling that it's been thrown in your face - just the way I like it, admittedly.
a great read
Dec 25, 2010 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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Ancestral Shadows: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales
  • Old Flames (Inspector Troy, #2)
  • The God Stealer and Other Stories
  • The D. Case or The Truth About The Mystery Of Edwin Drood
  • The Collaborators
  • The Mandelbaum Gate
  • The Promise of Happiness
  • The Laments
  • Many Dimensions
  • Cold in Hand (Charles Resnick, #11)
  • The Visible World
  • The Lost Luggage Porter
  • Desert Run (A Lena Jones Mystery #4)
  • The Dead of Winter (John Madden, #3)
  • The Old Testament (Great Courses, #653)
  • Random Acts Of Heroic Love
  • The American Boy
  • Let The Dead Lie (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, #2)
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
More about William Brodrick...

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)
  • The Silent Ones (Father Anselm Mysteries, #6)

Share This Book