The Blasphemer Paperback
He had always been scared of flying. Now, the fear is real. A plane crash. The water is rising over his mouth. In his nostrils. Lungs. As Daniel gasps, he swallows; and punches at his seat-belt.
Nancy, the woman he loves, is trapped in her seat. He clambers over her, pushing her face into the headrest.
It is a reflex, visceral action made without rational thought...But Daniel Kennedy did it. And already we have judged him from the comfort of our own lives.
Almost a hundred years earlier, Daniel's great-grandfather goes over the top at Passchendaele.
A shell explodes, and he wakes up alone and lost in the hell of no-man's-land.
Where are the others? Has he been left behind? And if he doesn't find his unit, is he a deserter? Love; cowardice; trust; forgiveness. How will any of us behave when we are pushed to extremes?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/01/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552776172
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Review by agjuba
While I appreciate all the research and details in the WWI sections of the book, ultimately, I thought Farndale overburdened this novel with too many plotlines that never successfully resolved or jelled.
Review by lizchris
This is a very readable book about bravery, duty and personal fulfilment - in war and peace time. Overall, I found it engaging, but it was a bit distracting to switch between the two storylines, and sometimes the plot links between the two stories felt a little forced.