Are our lives shaped by the decisions we make as children?
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This is the novel that John has always wanted to write. The idea for the story was in his head for a number of years and he is now extremely happy that it has been published.
It tells the story of five boys who meet on holiday in St. Malo, France, in the summer of 1928 and the effect on their later lives of what takes place there. It follows their individual tales through the war years and concludes in a hotel room in 1964.
Brittany: in the summer of 1928, twelve year old Jack Graham and his brother Francis befriend the quiet German, Otto Finkel and together with the enigmatic Jean-Luc and virtuous Marco, they are involved in a serious case of misadventure that leaves a man dead and one of the boys disfigured.
The memories for most of them fade with time, but for Otto, the mental scarring matches the physical scarring. Is this the reason why, years later, in the turmoil of war, he finds himself as an officer in the Waffen SS?
Largely unbeknown to themselves, the paths of the schoolboys, now young men, impinge on Otto’s life as each chooses to serve their respective countries in different ways.
Following their wartime exploits, from the beaches of Dunkirk to the purge of the Roman ghetto, from the horrors of Drancy Deportation Camp to the Nazi ratlines of post-war Europe, ‘The Absolution Of Otto Finkel’ is a powerful story of war, grief, love and regret.
Praise for The Absolution of Otto Finkel:
Lovereading.co.uk: “… an entirely captivating read.” Full review: click here
Drunken Druid: “I have been left awe-struck. So, thank you John for writing this book. It has been an honour.” Full review: click here
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