TITLE/AUTHOR: The Absolutist; John Boyne
PUBLISHER: Other Press
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011 (reissue - 4/2021)
GENRE: Fiction / Historical / War Fiction / LGBT
FORMAT: print LENGTH: 309 pp.
SOURCE: sent to me by Other Press
SETTING(s): France and London
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: An unforgettable, beautifully written and heart-wrenching story about choices we make and the regrets that sometimes follow.
"Astonishing how everyone is willing to go abroad to fight for the foreigners while having such little concern for those of their own countrymen at home."
" I think perhaps the adults we become are formed in childhood and there's no way around it."
"I felt that this is what it must be like to be married to someone, a constant back and forth of bickering, watching out for any stray comment in a conversation that might be corrected, anything to keep gaining the upper hand, the advantage, bringing one closer to taking the game, the set, the whole blasted match without ever conceding a point."