Monday, October 08, 2012
The Absolutist by John Boyne
The Absolutist is a heartbreaking war story exploring themes of homosexuality and pacifism in an era when neither were accepted by society. Throughout the novel we meet conscientious objectors, often called “feather men,” whose lives are considered expendable by many in the military and society. Along with the protagonist, the reader is presented with the opportunity to mull over the meanings of cowardice and bravery.
Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this moving and thought-provoking war story. Boyne’s sparse and fluid prose is a joy to read, and he is adept at conveying authentic human emotion. Search for The Absolutist and other novels by John Boyne in the VBPL catalog. If you enjoy The Absolutist, you might also like the Erich Remarque classic, All Quiet on the Western Front.