Herbert, whose experiences in World War I take up the lion's share of this book. The idea that someone could look on his grave and speak of a lie is inconceivable. I have one more on my shelf and I will save that for another tough night. Yes, it has an air of mystery about it, because there is a mystery to be solved, or to describe it better, a 90-year-old enigma to be deciphered. And what kind of strength enables one man to lay down his life for another? Captain Moore is dealing with his own moral issues beyond just the Flanagan trial, but as it becomes more and more clear that the boy is not going to be saved with a clemency, he becomes desperate to find out the truth behind his disappearance. William Brodrick is a popular British novelist known for writing mystery, thriller, and suspense books. He subsequently left the order and did a course in Manchester.
Herbert, charged with a responsibility that would change the course of his life, sat upon the panel that judged him. Brodrick's exploratory novels are refreshing and restorative, his style is thoughtful and precise; his integrity powerful. I also did enjoy Fr. The reader has a slight advantage over Father Anselm. But his dilemmas seem quite minor when set off against the dilemmas facing the other protagonist of this mystery, Father Herbert Moore, who fought in the war himself and was forever marred by it.
Harold Shaw of the British Expeditionary Force, it gives Anselm a solid starting point for the investigation the prior gently insists he undertake. He lives along with his family in France. Trying to discover what happened and why finally brings clarity and peace to Anselm. The mystery is, why did Flanagan desert? And what happened in 1917 still has its clutches around the present. But something is strange about this case: the narrative told by its paper trail has too many blanks. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting.
This is evident in the appealing wryness of much of his commentary: Mr Drennan was a devout nationalist. A hugely moving and intelligent novel from the bestselling author of The Sixth Lamentation and The Gardens of the Dead, A Whispered Name reaches into the mysteries of one man's past and casts light on the long shadows war leaves behind. Father Anselm searches through archives and interviews people who knew Moore and knew Flanagan. The idea that someone could look on his grave and speak of a lie is inconceivable. I liked this book not for the reasons I expected a main character who's a monk! He is helped by the fact that, before becoming a monk, he was a barrister his creator did it the other way round. His interest is less in Christian ethics than personal morality and how this might drive someone to break military law.
The Father Anselm series started out being billed as a mystery, but the time of the second and third, that switched to a novel. In previous reviews I admitted that I wasn't yet totally convinced by this series, yet this latest book I've read was outstanding. Herbert Moore had been one of the founding fathers of the Priory, revered by all who met him, a man who'd shaped Anselm's own vocation. You like the detective, you like the way the author writes, you like the interesting stories that are told. Brodrick was a friar in the Augustine order before he became a barrister and a writer. His protagonist, Father Anselm, is no cardboard cut-out monk used just to add a little churchy atmosphere, but a well-developed character.
What was the meaning of the court martial to the young man? The only problem is Flanagan is Irish, and those British subjects from the Northern climes, such as Scotland and Ireland, were shot more frequently than say the lads from Leeds or Liverpool. In the end, the novel turns out to be a suspenseful and complex one. He says that his faith in the Order was not lost, but he had the feeling that the path no longer suited him. He was once a barrister a background he shares with his author, who also trained as a Augustinian friar , giving him the investigative skills needed to solve the mystery presented to him by Kate Seymour, who shows up while he's bee-keeping and tells him she's looking for Father Herbert Moore, a former First World War officer who sat on a court-martial panel that tried an Irish volunteer, Private Joseph Flanagan. It was one of those rare times when a cover intrigued me and so did the description on the flap.
Through the eyes of Brother Anselm In the present day, and through a gradual unfolding of events in 1917, we discover what led to the decisions that determined Joseph Flanagan's fate in 1917, and the lasting effects of that fate on many others. Corners of covers are lightly bumped. It is also a wonderful story of trying to make sense of meaning in such a chaotic situation. Once again, the plot is set in Britain, and describes the central characters as Elizabeth Glendinning, Nicholas, Father Anselm, Inspector Cartwright, John Bradshaw, etc. Soon, questions begin to arise as to why was she in east London when she died and what was she trying to convey to the police in her final call? His craft is called literature. After several years as a friar, he left the order to help set up a charity at the request of Cardinal Hume, The Depaul Trust, which worked with homeless people. There are some brilliantly evocative and poignant descriptions of the trenches.
Herbert Moore had been one of the founding fathers of the Priory, revered by all who met him, a man who'd shaped Anselm's own vocation. Anselm personnel issues are nil compared to Bosch. The World War I background involves the horrible Battle of Passchendaele. His protagonist, Father Anselm, is no cardboard cut-out monk used just to add a little churchy atmosphere, but a well-developed character. Brodrick worked on a logging camp in British Columbia, Canada, before joining the Augustinian Friars 1979-1985.