Larkwood Priory, England: Father Anselm is stopped by an old man. This first time novelist can turn a phrase, although at times it seems the language is opaquely ambiguous and puzzling especially when it comes to the lack of explanation of elements related to the church, specifically monastic life. Last month, a besieged Vatican finally agreed to open its secret archives to scholars in the hope of gaining academic absolution. So Schwermann does just that. Then you have a sub-plot of the monastery trying to decide how to deal with this situation. The ending is a little too formulaic, but a surprise which I must say I never saw coming.
Agnes tells her story to Lucy by means of a journal or memoirs; retailing how the rest of her group was rounded up and shipped to camps, and how she was able to escape. Which is it in your view? They send him on a mission. . If I want to understand this book, I'll probably have to read it again and I really don't want to do that. It is a superb first novel and I eagerly want to read more. Up to that point, Brodrick works hard to maintain balance between historical and moral themes, and the mystery plot, but I felt like the necessities of solving mystery won out.
In a second narrative thread, the aging Agnes Embleton sees a wartime-era picture of Schwermann on television and is cast back to occupied Paris and her role in the Round Table, a group of students who attempted to rescue thousands of Jewish children. What, he is asked, should a man do when the world has turned against him? This time, however, Anselm makes his help conditional on the police doing something for him. But the answer sets off more trouble than he ever could have imagined when the man returns, demanding the protection of the Church. Even after finding so many voices and characterisations for all the audios that have gone before, he manages to find yet more. Father Anselm, a monk in the community where the German officer sought refuge, is compelled to unravel the moral complexity of the past and bring an unexpected moment of redemption to Agnes before she dies.
And between their covers is where the answer will lie. In what ways does her life as a mother and grandmother define her? It's as if his reading has reached a new maturity that is just a joy to hear. She reveals a life Lucy never even dreamed of. The 6th Lamentation is both a highly literate mystery and a gripping morality tale, filled with suspense and pathos, misjudgment and misinterpretation, justice and punishment, condemnation and forgiveness. Or is it impossible to separate the two? This intelligent novel examines the consequences of secrets and lies from the past and their emotional resonance to the present.
He holds British and Canadian citizenship and is married with three children with whom he lives in France. The second thread follows terminally ill Agnes Aubret who decides to reveal the secrets of her war-time exploits to her Granddaughter Lucy. His debut novel is an engrossing, page turning, twisty mystery. Father Anselm, in turn, is tasked by the Church in Rome to discover just why the French monastery aided in the escape of two war criminals. Nat's unhurried pace, that's very relaxing to listen to, with exactly the right sense of emotion makes it feel very intimate somehow.
Agnes was a member of a resistance group that smuggled Jewish Children to safety. The voices of the witnesses were fading away. And of course I have to start at the beginning of a series! Both these sub-plots tie together. Agnes is a survivor but believes that her son has been killed, events even the children that she has do not know about until 1995 when an article is published and a war crimes investigation commences. He had not lost his faith. He claims sanctuary at Larkwood Priory, and somehow the media gets wind of the story. The behaviour of some of the characters is inexplicable, even when it is explained.
If you do, you'll be trotting out formulas. It's time, Agnes feels, to tell her granddaughter, Lucy, the secrets she has carried for the past 50 years. In A Whispered Name it is a few lines taken from by. By the age of eighteen I had enjoyed a varied existence making me a wanderer, intellectually and spiritually. To date he has now written 6 novels in the Father Anselm Series and 2 under the pen name of John Fairfax Summary Justice and Blind Defence. He began his life as a William Brodrick was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1960.
Then the children were safely smuggled into Switzerland. This book, The Sixth Lamentation, and its companion books,The Gardens of the Dead, and A Whispered Name, were charming on two counts--elegant and beautiful prose, which cannot fail to please--and then, the carefully wrought plots, each one presenting our Father Anselm with a conundrum that only he--with his double expertise of priest and lawyer--can solve. As Anselm attempts to find out why and as Lucy delves deeper into her grandmother's past, their investigations dovetail to form a remarkable story. Agnes survived, married an Englishman, and eventually settled in London. When Father Anselm, a barrister turned monk, is called on by a suspected war criminal, Eduard Schwermann, to provide asylum, Larkwood Priory at Papal request , risks public scandal and harbours the former Nazi throughout his ensuing trial.
Why did the British government allow Schwermann to get away and even furnish him with a new name? The Church realizes they have a dilemma here, so the head honchos send for Anselm, who in his pre-priestly life had been an attorney. Positively Dickensian in the way everyone turns out to be connected with everyone else. While avoiding being overly detailed on the horrendous atrocities of the Holocaust, he maintains a balanced pace throughout the novel, and often takes a step back from the bigger picture, focusing on poignant details that are often missed in novels of this genre. And with a trace of that mystical spirit of adventure I joined religious life. He worked at the Passage Day Centre in Victoria, London and subsequently at the Depaul Trust. He holds British and Canadian citizenship and i William Brodrick was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1960.
He is also a dab hand at plotting. One of the satisfactions of detective fiction is that the bad guys get caught. Austin Freeman, rather than a modern author. Brodrick's mystery is a tangled web of relationships and characters that peel open as the story progresses. And for a good critical commentary on Holocaust Lit, I recommend Reading the Holocaust, by Inga Clendinnen. I just can't make sense out of it, other than to cry. The Sixth Lamentation 2003 is a powerful and moving novel of Occupied France.