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The Sixth Lamentation de William Brodrick
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The Sixth Lamentation (2003 original; edició 2004)

de William Brodrick

Sèrie: Father Anselm (1)

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A man arrives at Larkwood Monastery claiming sanctuary. Edward Schwermann is accused of Nazi war crimes: the chances are he's stained with blood, but politics demand that Larkwood shelter him. And Schwermann has intimated that the Church offered him sanctuary once before, during the war. It is this potentially embarrassing claim which brings Father Anselm onto centre stage. Once a lawyer, Anselm is sanctioned to make discreet enquiries in Rome, but as he edges towards the truth behind Schwermann's crimes, his renewed contact with the outside world threatens to overwhelm his fragile spiritual identity. For Agnes Embleton, seeing Schwermann's face on the television has brought back a flood of memories: of Paris, of The Round Table, a group of idealistic students who tried to save thousands of Jewish children from deportation, of the Frenchman who betrayed them and of Schwermann, the German officer who sent the children to their deaths. But what Agnes doesn't know and Anselm discovers is the personal investment Schwermann had in The Round Table, the silent bargains made by its members and the true extent of Schwermann's final treachery.… (més)
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Títol:The Sixth Lamentation
Autors:William Brodrick
Informació:Time Warner Paperbacks (2004), Paperback, 448 pages
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Fabulous fabulous writing. Could not finish the topic was too disturbing ( )
  leebill | Apr 30, 2020 |
Why I Stopped Reading on p. 34: Adverb mania, purple prose, flat protagonist whose only purpose, at ten percent in, is to observe others. Every character's words and actions are explained in detail, as if the reader won't understand people's behavior otherwise. The story itself might be great, but I can't keep going.
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
Inizia bene ma dopo 100 pagine la noia la fa da padrona. Abbandonato a metà. ( )
  Claudy73 | Dec 10, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Jan 2010):
- This story of war-time intrigue in France brought forward to family secrets and criminal proceedings in the present day could have been an attention grabber and fine novel. Alas, in my view it fell short.
- My biggest gripes: 1) Very thin character development. Lucy, in particular, was ambiguous, flat, and unknowable. 2) Too many contrivances. Some scenes, and even whole characters, felt as though they were inserted to no effect.
- I did manage my way through it, owing to my interest in how the author would wrap this up. Otherwise, a disappointment. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Mar 23, 2018 |
Father Anselm, a Gilbertine monk, previously a lawyer, who came to the monastic life late, is tasked by the Vatican to find a collaborator with the Nazis. The story is not really his, but is a Holocaust story of the Resistance and betrayal in Vichy France. Several strands of the story are separate but come together: that of Agnes, once in the "Round Table", a resistance group smuggling Jewish children from France, and who is now dying of ALS [Lou Gehrig's Disease]; her family; a Nazi war criminal; the "Round Table" Much of the book is the courtroom trial of the war criminal. Many of the characters are not who you think they are. Besides this Holocaust story at the remove of many years later, there is the theme of forgiveness.

Well-written novel. Labyrinthine story. Recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Oct 30, 2017 |
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There seems to be a new wave of fiction based on the Holocaust (what is meant by `the sixth lamentation' in this title) and investigations by the survivors and succeeding generations into the World War II experiences of their Jewish forebears. Other examples are The archivist (by Martha Cooley, 1998), Disturbance of the inner ear (Joyce Hackett, 2003) and The Nose (Elena Lappin, 2003), following the earlier Little boy lost (Marghanita Laski, 1949) and Sophie's Choice (William Styron, 1979).

Incredibly (but necessary for the plot), in the investigation in The Sixth Lamentation, the lawyer-turned-monk main character, entrusted with vitally important documents, `thought of making photocopies but didn't. The notion of duplicating the names of the dead seemed somehow irreverent, an act of trespass.' I found it distasteful and irreverent trespass (as in none of the other novels treating this topic) to use the dreadful events of the Holocaust as the basis of a thriller, over-long (430 pages) and crammed with secrets discovered, identities permuted, papers lost, found and destroyed, dramatic revelations, ecclesiastical plotting, revisionism, revenge sought, murder threatened, misapprehensions and cross-purposes galore.

The language is maladroit to the point of mystification. An adolescent girl records in her journal, after a boy tells her, `I think I may be attached to you', `I woke the next morning with a fountain spurting from the pit of my stomach'. Menstruation? Vomiting? First love? An attack of nerves? Who can tell?
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This first-time novelist was an Augustinian friar before becoming a barrister; his chief protagonist, Father Anselm, was a barrister before becoming a monk. The two vocations offer fitting keys--logic and compassion--to unlock the doors of this labyrinthine tale. A suspected Nazi war criminal, Eduard Schwermann, asks for sanctuary at Anselm's home, Larkwood Priory. When the Vatican asks Anselm to investigate on its behalf, Anselm finds reason to suspect the church itself may have been complicit in Schwermann's long-ago escape to England. In nearby London, dying Holocaust survivor Agnes Aubret shares a secret with her granddaughter, Lucy: Agnes was part of a French Resistance ring broken by Schwermann. Schwermann's trial begins with both Anselm and Lucy still hurrying to make sense of the past. Sticky strands of deceit, loss, and betrayal bind together a large cast of characters, and untangling them is both difficult and painful. Though Brodrick builds tension slowly (he's better at foreshadowing than planting clues), he's mapped his plot masterfully, and his approach to the thorny issues of justice and punishment is thoughtful and complex.
 

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April's tiny hands once captured Paris,
As you once captured me: infant Trojan
Fingers gently peeled away my resistance
To your charms. It was an epiphany;
I saw waving palms, rising dust, and yes,
I even heard the stones cry out your name,
Agnes.

And then the light fell short.
I made a pact with the Devil when the
"Spring Wind" came, when Priam's son lay bleeding
On the ground. As morning broke the scattered
Stones whispered, "God, what have you done?" and yes,
I betrayed you both. Can you forgive me,
Agnes?

(August, 1942)

Translated from the French by Father Anselm Duffy
Feast of Saint Agnes
Larkwood Priory, 21st January, 1998
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A man arrives at Larkwood Monastery claiming sanctuary. Edward Schwermann is accused of Nazi war crimes: the chances are he's stained with blood, but politics demand that Larkwood shelter him. And Schwermann has intimated that the Church offered him sanctuary once before, during the war. It is this potentially embarrassing claim which brings Father Anselm onto centre stage. Once a lawyer, Anselm is sanctioned to make discreet enquiries in Rome, but as he edges towards the truth behind Schwermann's crimes, his renewed contact with the outside world threatens to overwhelm his fragile spiritual identity. For Agnes Embleton, seeing Schwermann's face on the television has brought back a flood of memories: of Paris, of The Round Table, a group of idealistic students who tried to save thousands of Jewish children from deportation, of the Frenchman who betrayed them and of Schwermann, the German officer who sent the children to their deaths. But what Agnes doesn't know and Anselm discovers is the personal investment Schwermann had in The Round Table, the silent bargains made by its members and the true extent of Schwermann's final treachery.

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