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In 'The Pacifist,' Mehreen Ahmed has crafted a complex and beautifully nuanced tale of love, deception, institutional abuse, and familial woe. The story follows the lives of three generations of an Australian family during the late 1800s, all of whom were in some way touched by the corrupt and abusive Badgerys Creek orphanage. The tale also touches on the societal effects of sudden wealth, and the cruel history of Britain’s Australian colonies. Written in a style reminiscent of literary great Joyce Carol Oates, 'The Pacifist' is a must-read for lovers of historical fiction and Australian history.
If you could sum up The Pacifist in three words, what would they be?
revealing, dramatic, confusing
What did you like best about this story?
That the reason for Marcus' attitude is revealed and it makes you go back and listen to the first few chapters again.
Which scene was your favorite?
When Marcus went down to the beach and took a nightly swim.
If you could take any character from The Pacifist out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Mr. Brown, so I could get more details on him and Rose.
Any additional comments?
I got this book via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. The narrator was perfect for this story. He evoked the emotions required for each scene and he spoke with the right tone that carried the story along.