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A History of Loneliness Hardcover – 4 Sep 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars 249 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857520946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857520944
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 249 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An urgently compelling story of power, corruption, lies and self-deceits, the damage that happens when we turn our eyes from wrong. Anyone who wants to know what happened in the Irish Catholic Church needs to read this brave, righteously angry and stunning book. Some of us have long wondered what it would be like if a master storyteller turned his powers to this theme. Now we know." (Joseph O'Connor)

"John Boyne has plunged into the dark and troubled history of the Catholic Church in our time and come up with a novel to treasure. Unflinching, moving and true" (John Banville)

"The complex architecture of this haunting novel is seamlessly constructed. The path to the priesthood that Odran Yates follows is both understandable and sympathetic. And Father Yates is a good man; he is innocent of the false accusations made against him (he's not a pedophile). But as this author accomplished, so masterfully, in The Absolutist, John Boyne has created a character who holds himself accountable -- in the case of Father Yates, for the sins of others. No writer today handles guilt with as much depth and sadness as John Boyne. As Father Yates takes himself to task for all he didn't do, no less than the sexual duplicity and cover-ups of the Catholic Church are indicted. This is John Boyne's most important novel, and of vital importance to Irish history; it is also a gripping story, one no reader can put down until its devastating ending." (John Irving)

"Gripping, harrowing and extremely moving...A painfully page-turning read...A vividly three-dimensional dissection of bothe the priesthood and the larger cultural malaise of Ireland" (Phil Baker Sunday Times)

"Beautifully and powerfully written, with an undercurrent of passion, A History of Loneliness is aptly titled. A portrait of one if those individuals we imagine we know -- but have not a clue of his depths." (Joyce Carol Oates)

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The life of a good priest in Ireland over the past 50 years provokes one of John Boyne's most powerful novels yet

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