John Boyne is a superb story teller. He knows how to weave strands from the past and the present so that you constantly want to know what happened after this, and after that, too. He describes the intensity of battle, its chaos and desperation, the utter exhaustion that leads men to no longer care. And he describes those who can’t stop caring, agonizing and grasping at strands of the past. And then there’s the ending of the story when I suddenly felt I had parted company from the author, that he saw things differently from how I see them, even though my seeing was the result of reading his book. I’m left feeling uncertain. But the book was an extraordinary journey that I’m glad I took and I’m glad I explored places where certainty isn’t likely despite the title, “The Absolutist.”
A very intriguing story. I was shocked by the ending which was unpredictable. Very well told with excellent character development. The descriptions of the wartime experiences were described so well I felt like I was there and the relationships between the characters felt authentic. The story moves back and forth in time but without any confusion and the narrative moves along at a perfect pace. Very satisfying.