A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

Just like his other stories, A History of Loneliness is based in Ireland. John Boyne told a detail narrative of Odran Yates life in a messy chronological order. I found it a bit hard to grasp in first few chapters but this arrangement somehow put a special essence in the way of Boyne’s storytelling.

Father Yates is a good man and has dedicated to his vocation since entering to seminary at the age of seventeen. Though he had encountered traumatic event in childhood and struggles during his teenage years, his endeavour to remain firm in his belief was so strong when he became the priest. Later in the story, through Father Yates’ life events, the horrible stories of children who suffered abuse and molest in churches in the hands of perverts and paedophile. Father Yates is a dedicated and honest one yet his life and vocation were tarnished by the actions of the dirty colleagues of his.

I have read books by John Boyne so I know he wouldn’t write something light or fun for the readers’ heart. Still, I have prepared to expect the unexpected. Not surprisingly intricate twist and turn in the story but that didn’t ease the occasional whirlwind of emotion he triggered while I was reading this book. Boyne sure know how to bring the reader in and tugs their heartstrings with his powerful storytelling. It wasn’t a monumental read but it was a valuable read and definitely worth your time.


[***SPOILER***]

Father Odran Yates convinced himself that he’s a man of higher character. However, he had noticed these wrongdoing activities from the beginning but never acted on any of it. He had said nothing when he should have spoken out. In his silence, he was just as guilty as the rest of them.


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