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A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom
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A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom (Hardback)

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



For now this is a family story and this family is 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 modern day American and beyond. While the world mutates around them, their destinies will remain the same.

And fulfilling a destiny may take lifetimes...



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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 23/07/2020 ISBN-13: 9780857526199  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, six for younger readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. Most recently, The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller, and A Ladder to the Sky was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award in association with Listowel Writers' Week. His novels are published in over fifty languages.

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Customer Reviews

I am a huge fan of John Boyne, The Hearts Invisible Furies is up there as one of my all time favourite books, so when I had my request approved to read an advanced copy of A Traveller at the Gates if Wisdom I was over the moon!! I must admit, I initially wondered if i was going to struggle to engage with the book and it did take a few chapters for me to understand what was happening and how things were moving forward but I ended up fully immersed in the story and I loved the way that the reader is taken through such a huge period of time and such a variety of locations. I felt that the message was clear and very appropriate for the times that we're living in at the moment. These stories and emotions are universal and they transcend time, race, class etc. I've seen some negative reviews in terms of the historical accuracies but I don't claim to be any kind of expert on history so flaws of that nature were missed by me. I don't think the author is claiming to be a historical writer and so I think it unfair to judge the story on these elements, as they are the background and not the story itself, which I think is the point? I read Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas earlier in the year and had similar feelings when reading that. I would highly recommend this book, not the easiest read to get into but the pay off is completely worth it.

- 23/07/2020
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