The Blasphemer A Novel (Paperback)
|Author: Nigel Farndale|
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|In the aftermath of a small plane crash that forced him to make a wrenching life-and-death choice, zoologist Daniel Kennedy confronts the fate of his great-grandfather during World War I and struggles to both prove himself and earn forgiveness. By the short-listed Whitbread Prize nominee of Hee-Haw. *Author: Farndale, Nigel *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2011/08/23 *Number of Pages: 371 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00|
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An astonishing, ambitious and masterful new novel, with echoes of Birdsong, that reads at the pace of a thriller.
On its way to the Galápagos Islands, a light aircraft crashes into the sea. Zoologist Daniel Kennedy is confronted with a stark Darwinian choice. Should he save himself, or Nancy, the woman he loves? But how can one moment of betrayal ever be forgiven? And after he escapes the plane and swims for help, who is the elusive figure who guides him away from certain death?
Back in London, Daniel thinks he finds the answer; it is connected with his great grandfather and the first horrific day of Passchendaele. But as the past collapses into the present, the fissures in his relationship with Nancy show through. Until he is given a second chance to prove his courage and earn her forgiveness. The Blasphemer is a novel that speaks to the head as well as the heart of the reader.
"As well as strong central characters, Farndale's first novel has interesting subplots and well-sketched minor characters....[H]is portrayal of Daniel's descent into a type of madness, questioning his strongly held atheism and seeing visions of angels, is plausibly drawn." - Justin Warshaw 02/26/2010 "[An] elegant meditation on morality (among many other topics)...." (starred review) 06/28/2010