Act of Oblivion: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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Act of Oblivion: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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Nayler's hunt is personal: his wife died in childbirth after Nayler was arrested by Cromwell's soldiers. This means that the reader knows from the beginning exactly where Ned and Will have gone – they have crossed the Atlantic to America, to build new lives for themselves in the like-minded Puritan colonies of Massachusetts and Connecticut. There are good sides and bad sides to both parties in this novel, shades of grey that make it all the more thrilling.

Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris | Waterstones Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris | Waterstones

There is something deeply comforting about historical fiction, particularly one so rich in detail and intelligent in design. Apparently both sides/religions killed lots of people unfairly so it was hard to go for either faction, if any.

A King was executed after a farcical ‘trial’ and Cromwell governed until the monarchy was reinstated and Charles II crowned. Act of Oblivion pulls off historical fiction's greatest challenge, transporting readers into the heart of a formative era with momentum and suspense. He has produced a ripping page-turner that breathes all the complexities and moral nuances of the Civil War period.

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Robert Harris's latest offering is a gripping piece of historical fiction, a blend of fact and fiction that imagines the turbulent period of history after the Restoration. Robert Harris is a remarkably versatile novelist whose settings range from Ancient Rome to 800 years in the future. For me, historical fiction is a success if it feels like events could have happened the way they are described in the book, and if when I finish the book I want to read more about the actual events. Goffe was one of the regicides, the men who signed Charles I’s death warrant, whose lives had become forfeit after the Restoration of the monarchy. Using real events, dates and locations as well as real characters (except for one), Robert Harris has written a recreation of the true story of the tracking down of the killers of Charles 1, in what was the biggest manhunt of the 17th century.General group thoughts: both factions were as bad as each other so no connection, a few themes were discussed but only to fill the discussion time, it wasn’t painful to read. Richard Nayler, Secretary of the regicide committee of The Privy Council in London is tasked with tracking down all of the fugitives, but he has personal reasons to want Whalley and Goffe dead, and he will literally follow them across oceans, prairies, forests and mountains in his pursuit. He is implacable in his pursuit of Whalley and Goffe, driven by a strong personal motivation, and willing to do whatever it takes, including manipulating the Duke of York. This is the main advantage of Harris's approach: The story is all about the two sides of a war and the ways people on each side justify their actions.

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