Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader. The object is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice - Turn to page 56, pick a sentence, and post it. Simple as that!!!
The Absolutist by John Boyne
Publisher: by Other Press
Publication Date: July 10th 2012
Book Synopsis: A masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of World War I.It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will--from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain.The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I. This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they've turned the last page.
Seated opposite me in the railway carriage, the elderly lady in the fox-fur shawl was recalling some of the murders that she had committed over the years.My First Impression:
This sounds so harsh! But the last sentence of the synopsis really grabs me: "This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they've turned the last page." I just have to read it to get to the conclusion!!! I do have a general idea of what the novel is about, but don't want to give away any spoilers on this one!!!Friday 56:
I don't think anything of it. What am I supposed to think? I know that men die - their numbers are reported in the newspapers every day.