Title: Absolution
Authors: Flanery, Patrick
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 385
Year: 2012
Publisher: Atlantic Press
Language: English
Description: When Sam Leroux is commissioned to write Clare Wald's biography, Clare is placing not only her life under the microscope but that of the apartheid era in South Africa. But there is a price to be paid for confronting one's past: revealing truths. When no-one (including Sam) is who they seem, truth is an elusive prospect.

Beautifully crafted, this is an intriguing and unsettling story examining the personal and societal concepts of guilt, truth and reconciliation.

Comments from Groups:

A disturbing, thought provoking but also compelling read. Required concentration because it jumped about and you could not be sure of the the veracity of the narrator. We agreed it was an important book for its insight into the multi layered reality of apartheid and post apartheid South Africa. Christchurch 001

It is a demanding book in its structure and it presents a very interesting view into the troubled and interesting society of South Africa. We all got a lot out of reading this novel even if it is hard to get into at first. As it develops, most found it quite compelling. Not for those who want an easy and comfortable read. Hamilton 029

Lively discussion with mixed views though most of us thought it was a really great book. Very good development of characters. Great descriptions of South Africa from several points of views. Auckland 039

Provoked a lot of discussion and speculation. We enjoyed the fact that all was not what it seemed at first, also that all the i's were not dotted nor t's crossed. Very clever. Tauranga 010

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Morals/Ethics, Political, Relationships, South Africa


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By: LOWER 006 2019-06-28 10:42:10
Everyone in the group found it hard work to read, however we persevered and were pleased we managed to finish it. In the discussion there was virtually no dissent, we all thought that the author presented a depressing and discouraging view of South Africa both in the past and present. It was frustrating - what is truth? which version to believe? So many truths from each person's perspective. And the way the author jumped not only between the characters but also between far past, near past and present was confusing. We also thought the writing was in places didactic.

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