A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom
It starts with a family, a family which will mutate. For now, it is a father, mother and two sons. One with his father’s violence in his blood. One who lives his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will change t ...more
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A judgement all those years ago that the integrity of my art was more important than the welfare of a stranger had led to so much misery and death.
This book took me longer than usual to read and, for a long time, I thought that was a good thing. I was really into it. I was taking my time, absorbing it, making notes, researching things that piqued my interest. As a huge 5-star-level fan of Boyne's The Heart's Invisible Furies and A Ladder to the Sky, I had been so excited for A Traveller at t ...more
so it is absolutely no surprise that i consider this story to be a marvel and a triumph - for both the literary world and humanity as a whole. the uniquely constructed narrative and high-quality writing pleads with every emotion of the human spirit. the complex storytelling is so ...more
A strangely hypnotic read, relating the story of a man over the course of 2000 years, which though confusing initially, with the constant changes of both location and period in history, it soon becomes clear that intertwining themes such as family, love, lo ...more
“One day, you will live among the stars.”
A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is about the history and destruction of civilization.
Spanning over 2000 years, a nameless narrator shares their personal history, and the world’s history, in varying times and countries. While time passes and locations change, the narrator’s story continues without much change until the very end. From the beginning in Palestine, A.D. 1 to the epilogue in A.D. 2080, the narrator’s long, drawn-out history ...more
give a few insights ....( without spoilers)
so ‘as’ to be helpful to other readers. I haven’t read other reviews yet myself....[ THIS BOOK WILL BE RELEASED IN AUGUST, 2020],
but I’m guessing I might not be the only early reader who sees something VERY different going on in this SPRAWLING TALE of HUMANITY. It requires a little patience.
It’s not like past books by John Boyne , ( but fans an ...more
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A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is a story of human history brimming with mythical vibrancy as we are invited to explore the world through a nonlinear lens. The challenge is to see the progress of a man’s life and his experiences from birth to an elderly grandfather over the course of two thousand and sixteen years, plus a seismic jump into the future amongst the stars in the epilogue.
Each chapter is based in a unique time and place, with a nebulous family of different names as the l ...more
First of all, the novel idea was brilliant. As many other reviewers wrote, I’ve never read a book quite like it. The author tells us the ...more
Oh Boy! How do you rate a virtually Unputdownable!....Absolutely Extraordinary! read with a beyond weird....out of this world last chapter? Hmmmmm.....Overall I thought the epilogue fine, it actually made me laugh, albeit I prefer to keep (view spoiler)[politics (hide spoiler)] out of my one true source of escape from reality....especially during a pandemic....especially during a tumultuous (view spoiler)[election year. (hide spoiler)] A TRAVELER AT THE GATES OF WISDOM actua...more
A unique and imaginative story that held my attention from the very first chapter. I loved the construction of this novel, and John Boyne is a master in storytelling and but those last two chapters just didn’t fit with what went before and what was a 5 star read turned into a 3.5 star rating for me which means I enjoyed the read just not one for my favourites list.
A whistle stop tour of 50 countries through two thousand years that was epic in scope and quite a tale but what a well c ...more
“Indeed, Marinus was as likely to be found in a virgin’s bed as her grandmother’s, and on the rare occasions when his advances were rebuffed he assumed the woman suffered from a disorder of the mind and took her anyway, for he recognised no one’s rights but his own and those of his peers within the Roman legion.”
A family saga of the Family of Man, humankind from the first year in the Christian calendar, AD1 in Palestine. Roman legionnaire Marinus is the father of the family in a story that ope ...more
The last chapters grabbed me right by the nose hairs and clobbered me upside the head. Why did you do that ...more
Song as old as rhyme…
-- Songwriters: Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
Beginning in A.D. 1 and ending in 2080, this story, these stories, connected by people, place, the nature of people and the condition of the ever changing, but not-really- changing-so-much-at-all world, is epic.
As this story begins, it is on the night when the narrator in A.D. 1 is born in Palestine, although his father is not there to witness this event, as he, along with thirty other soldiers, had been sent ...more
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom is a sweeping look at love, family, history, and destiny.
Have you ever read a book that you felt you couldn’t describe properly? That’s definitely the way I feel about John Boyne’s newest book. What I can say, however, is once again, his storytelling blew me away.
We start at the dawn of time, 1 AD. A baby is born to a warrior and his wife, amidst his father’s acts of violence. The baby has an older brother, who mostly resents him.
The st ...more
John Boyne is a very gifted storyteller and he uses this gift well in this hugely creative, ambitious and thought provoking epic that had me enthralled from page one. The story begins in AD 1 and moves forward in time through the centuries to the present time and ends in the year 2080. The story is told by the narrator, the main protagonist, with whom I felt a deep affinity; an artist who started life only wanting to love and create art. But, this epic is the story of man’s imperfection ...more
Thank you to Random House for the gifted ebook. I also bought a physical copy.
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom is only my second book by John Boyne. My first was A Ladder to the Sky, which I loved. A Traveler was so very different from that one, and I think that speaks to Boyne’s immense talent.
In a nutshell, this book travels from ancient time through the future with common characters and story elements. It also travels through different places/countries over that period. It is epic ...more
So I started reading it without having any idea what to expect. I got startled a bit, thinking it’d be a Jesus/Christian parable, reinterpretation etc. , soon to realise that it wasn’t. Phew. It was slightly confusing in the beginning, it didn't take long to get the gist of it. Our unnam ...more
A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is unlike any other book I've read. Spanning over 2000 years and set in countries all over the world, it might seem at first that the individual stories are not related, but they are all intertwined. The narrator might be a different person each time but his voice is the same as his life story repeats and he seeks his vengeance over the course of 21 centuri ...more
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom is unlike those I’ve previously read. An historical fiction where a man travels through different time periods and many countries. The novel is original and very ambitious. Sad to say it wasn’t one I found enjoyable. However, many friends on Goodreads felt differently and rated Boyne’s book hi ...more
Ok, here we go. I am sure most of us have been exposed to the idea of a person having multiple earlier lives going back in time. So take that concept, but imagine that your earlier lives and the earlier lives of everyone around you, are mostly unchanged from life to life, beyond just the changing of time and place for each life. Even wh ...more
Along the way, the craftsman (his craft changes from chapter to chapter) marries (and loses) mult ...more
I’ve read many books by lots of author and no matter how good the author might be there is always, at least, one of their books that falls short of the mark for me. But this has yet to happen for me with any of John Boyne books, so far.
This book is thought provokingly unique and is equally unique conceptually. I should qualify that by saying ‘for me’.
John Boyne takes us on a journey that starts at the start of the Christian calendar and c ...more
John Boyne is one of my favorite authors. He is an outstanding story teller. This book takes the prize.
It is totally unique from anything that he has written. I guarantee you have never read a book like this one.
It is a world wide tour of many countries and different time frames.
The saga starts in Palestine 1AD. We meet a nameless man and his family and learn of his life during this ...more
He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.
John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.
His novel ...more