A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom (23rd July 2020)

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£16.99

Some stories are universal. They play out across human history. And time is the river which will flow through them.

It starts with a family, a family which will mutate. For now, it is a father, mother and two sons. One with his father’s violence in his blood.

One who lives his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays.

They will be joined by others whose deeds will change their fate. It is a beginning. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years – they will meet again and again at different times and in different places.

From distant Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium to a life amongst the stars in the third. While the world will change around them, their destinies will remain the same. It must play out as foretold.

It is written.

 

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Some stories are universal. They play out across human history. And time is the river which will flow through them.

It starts with a family, a family which will mutate. For now, it is a father, mother and two sons. One with his father’s violence in his blood.

One who lives his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays.

They will be joined by others whose deeds will change their fate. It is a beginning. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years – they will meet again and again at different times and in different places.

From distant Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium to a life amongst the stars in the third. While the world will change around them, their destinies will remain the same. It must play out as foretold.

It is written.

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is the extraordinary new novel from acclaimed writer John Boyne. Ambitious, far-reaching and mythic, it introduces a group of characters whose lives we will come to know and will follow through time and space until they reach their natural conclusion.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9780857526199

Author

Boyne, John

Publisher

Doubleday

Binding

Hardback

1 review for A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom (23rd July 2020)

  1. Sarah TURNER

    Wow, John Boyne has smashed it out of the park with this one. TOTALLY different to any of his previous novels, and he himself has described it as a bit odd, and will not be what readers are expecting.
    An ambitious and bold structure, each chapter takes us through a period of history across the globe starting in AD01 and taking us to the present day and beyond. The main character, though unnamed, is brought to life in a different place in time, his journey is continuous yet his settings change. It seems impossible to think that the story of this one man’s life can be told in this way – but it works, it just works.
    Best summed up in one of the pages of this book – “I know this much; the things that surround us may change, but our emotions will always remain the same. A man who lost his beloved wife a thousand years ago suffered the same grief that I felt when I lost mine” Boyne demonstrates that our stories, our lives, our traumas, our joy, our experiences are no different from those of generations before – all of us are the same, we just lived them through different times and different places.
    To chose this way of telling that simple fact is tremendous. This book was brilliant. I have been transported to Ancient Rome, monasteries in Ireland, the Globe with Shakespeare, the Vatican with Michelangelo, and I felt every step. At times mythical in its telling, but also with real humour – the penultimate chapter is a blast! John Boyne – I loved it!

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