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"Absolution serves as proof, if any were needed, that a novel can be both unashamedly literary and compellingly readable – Man Booker judges, take note."—The Financial Times
"Absolution is a beautifully crafted novel. . . . [Flanery's] novel has some obvious similarities to works by South African authors, notably Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee. Yet Absolution is no pastiche. Flanery’s writing is graceful and rich in imagery. The novel moves like a thriller: The reader will be eager to discover how much Sam and Clare recall. At the same time, it explores complicated issues such as the impact of violence and the long-term effects of apartheid with an ethical gravity. Absolution is a must read for anyone interested in South Africa, or in literary fiction of the finest kind."—Bookpage
"Told from alternating points of view, the novel shifts from unsettled present to bloody past, from today’s fractured economic and social environment to the historic struggle to end apartheid. . . . Flanery has constructed a haunting labyrinth of mirrors, fact reflecting remembrance, lie reflecting evasion. Complex in theme, complex in narrative, this is a masterful literary exploration of the specter of conscience and the formidable cost of reconciliation."—Kirkus (starred)
“Patrick Flanery is an extraordinary new writer. Absolution is smart, moving, and provocative, a rare combination of page-turner and literary triumph. More than a book about South Africa, this is a book about the hunt for the truth, a hunt that is as universal as it is essential. Utterly captivating, this is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve read in a long while.”—Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo
“One rarely encounters such a confident first novel as Absolution. Patrick Flanery arrives on the scene wholly formed: a writer of superb self-confidence, depth of insight, and resolute clarity. His is a beautifully written piece of fiction, a major accomplishment.”—Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and The Passages of Herman Melville
Four years ago Jack, Ally, and Callum were in a car wreck. While the two guys weren't seriously injured, Ally's back was broken. Read morePublished 8 months ago by specialangel
The majesty of the South African landscape is written out of this text, as is 90% of the population. Read morePublished 8 months ago by AA Greece
Patrick Flanery's "Absolution" is a book you'll either love or hate due to the complexity of a story that at times can be very confusing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul L.
This book about South Africa spans the present and the past, interweaving the story of what might have happened to Laura, a young South African anti-apartheid activist 20 years... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eva Melusine Thieme
It's a very well written storey book, all the while depicting the hurt of Apartheid and the horrific aftermath when hatred is allowed to run wild.Published 14 months ago by Karel Vlok
Wonderful book & I couldn't believe the price - the book cost less than the postage. I hope author Patrick Flanery is making some money for all his work.Published 14 months ago by Relaxed
We had a very interesting book group discussion of this book. We found it somewhat frustrating because if the format he used. It is very well written. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Merrideth Hammill