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Der Sterne Tennisbälle

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,813 Ratings  ·  325 Reviews
Was haben der komplexbeladene Emporkömmling Ashley, der marihuanarauchende Dummbeutel Rufus und der liebes- und eifersuchtskranke Gordon gemeinsam? Den Haß auf Ned Maddstone. Ned scheint ihnen all das zu verkörpern, wovon sie nur träumen können: Er ist ein guter Schüler und begnadeter Sportler, Sohn eines einflußreichen Vaters und der feste Freund eines schönen und klugen ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published 2003 by Aufbau-Verlag (first published 2000)
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Aug 21, 2008 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ooo this had so much promise at the beginning. I got so excited when I saw it at the library and got it home. I've enjoyed Fry's other novels so much, and this one started so interesting between the diary and the love letter and then fell into this straight narrative style that not only was conventional, but it seemed that Fry stopped trying. The first two thirds were not bad, but that last act was just awful. I didn't like the protagonist. Never saw any real fire or passion for his revenge, and ...more
Apr 04, 2013 MacK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My students seem at times to be wholly obsessed with “getting back” at people who have done them wrong. I try to calm them down, to refocus them on positive things, but the truth is: when you want to get revenge you are completely and absolutely immersed in that feeling. You can’t help but fixate on those who have wronged you and those who must now pay the price. It is an obsession, a complete fixation that overwhelms mind, body and soul. That heightened emotional state breeds a greater emotiona ...more
Neal Sanders
Jul 22, 2013 Neal Sanders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Alexandre Dumas wrote The Count of Monte Cristo in 1844, he almost certainly did not have thirteen-year-old American boys in mind as his prime audience. But when I first read the classic in the summer of 1963, I knew for certain that I, too, was living the horror of Edmond Dantes life. Dantes, a good and innocent man, was cruelly implicated in treason by three friends who envied Dantes’ pending ship captaincy and marriage to the beautiful Mercedes. Dantes is sent to the notorious Chateau d’ ...more
Sep 28, 2010 Georg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Es ist ein echter Fry, witzig geschrieben, very British, ohne überflüssige Schnörkel oder Wiederholungen, und schon nach ein paar Seiten ist man drin in der Geschichte, und kommt so schnell nicht mehr raus. Ähnlich wie „The Liar“ und „Making History“ ist die Geschichte ein bisschen (über)konstruiert, zerfällt in zwei symmetrische Teile und hat so ein bisschen was von einer Schullektüre wie „Der Jasager und der Neinsager“.

Jetzt aber erst mal ein bisschen spoilen: Ned ist der Streber in einem brit
Jenny Sparrow
Jul 26, 2011 Jenny Sparrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Уже после того, как я купила книгу и продиралась на улицу с переполненной людьми книжной ярмарки, я увидела в аннотации слова: "Этот роман - "Граф Монте-Кристо" поколения брокеров и программистов". И действительно, повествование почти сразу повернуло в знакомое русло: успешный, влюбленный, красивый молодой человек, который даже не подозревает о том, что кругом него полно завистников, уже готовящих заговор...
Сюжет пересказывать бесполезно - многие знают его еще с пеленок. Скажу лишь, что поначалу
Mar 11, 2010 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Fry's book Stars Tennis Balls (a.k.a "Revenge") was possibly one of the best books i have ever read.
The story's incorporation of a similar plot to The Count of Monte Cristo, with its wicked, sophisticated and disturbing themes, made the novel work on an entirely different level.
Stephen Fry's ability is unbelievable and after reading this i was taken a peg down. He has this uncanny nack to- through his writing- make you take a look at the characters and their devilish deeds, and say: "Yea
Jul 27, 2009 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
since the beginning of this project I have projected Stephen Fry as my choice of english author.

ah, this book reminded me why I don't read blurbs. I did not realize until 200 pages into the book that I was reading a retelling of the count of monte cristo, yes I realize I should have realized sooner, but I saw the movie once in a theater almost 8 years ago, and the book is very different from the movie (a lot of which I know of and was excited to see which Fry chose to follow). Now that I have r
Jan 13, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revenge is a modern re-telling of The Count of Monte Cristo. It is very well done, because Fry manages to take the elements of Dumas’ novel that take the most suspension of disbelief and make them believable in a modern setting. It’s a clever twist on an old story – with updated methods of revenge, and a clever twist on the old characters (With puns! The character of the Count’s finance is changed from Mercedes to Portia – hee!). It’s suspenseful as well, a major feat considering that I not only ...more
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Apr 28, 2013 BrokenTune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It took me quite a while to get into the story, but having gotten past the first part which reads like an excerpt from Moab, I could not put it down. I had - on purpose - not read any reviews for this book, and am now glad about that as most reviews only make the comparison to The Count of Monte Christo.

What about the resonances of other works, though? I couldn't help but also be reminded of Zweig's Chess Story, Duerrenmatt's Physicists, The Bourne Identity, and Pulp Fiction. All in all I was re
Nov 13, 2012 Fiona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like The Count of Monte Cristo. It's the plot, the characters, the whole situation - I just don't like it. I liked it a little better when Stephen Fry was writing it, but if Alexandre Dumas couldn't make it work for me, I'm afraid it was a bit of a losing battle. The turn of phrase was excellent, because it always is when Stephen Fry writes, but sorry, Stephen, I didn't really enjoy it all that much.
Jun 19, 2011 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If we needed a new Count of Monte Cristo, I'm glad it was Stephen Fry who provided it. It's hard to imagine a better re-imagining.
Aug 18, 2013 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Totally unpredictable storyline which twists and turns and keeps you hooked!
Mar 07, 2015 Helle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a crazy romp of a story. It is Stephen Fry’s rewritten version of The Count of Monte Cristo – plot-wise at least, for which reason it is also published under the title Revenge (in the US), rather less subtle and completely lacking the reference to the line in John Webster’s play The Duchess of Malfi which reads: ‘We are merely the stars’ tennis balls, struck and bandied which way please them’.

Fry has admitted that the story is a ‘straight steal, virtually identical in all but period and
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Apr 18, 2011 Lotte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, re-read, favoriten, 2011
Ned Maddstone hat das Glück mit goldenen Löffeln gegessen. Er hat gute Noten, ein hübsches Gesicht, einen in der Politik erfolgreichen Vater und eine geistreiche Freundin. Es findet sich ein Trio vermeintlicher Freunde zusammen, die seine hoffnungsvolle Zukunft aus purem Neid zerstören. Ned verschwindet für Jahre spurlos. Doch irgendwann müssen alle Beteiligten die Konsequenzen ihres missgünstigen Verhaltens spüren. Denn Ned hat sich einen perfiden Racheplan ausgedacht, den er ohne Rücksicht dur ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Spiros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jacobean tragedy
I need to catch up on my Stephen Fry, I mean aside from my marathon sessions of watching "QI" episodes on youtube (a shout out here to "Nickfromfulham" for posting them all). I read The Liar and The Hippopotamus many years ago, and found them both to be brilliant; I read his memoir, Moab is My Washpot, and was less favorably impressed. This reworked Count of Monte Cristo story falls somewhere in between. Of course the writing is excellent, the erudition is breathtaking, and the humor is insidiou ...more
Oct 22, 2010 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fair, competent, clever, moderately enjoyable, at some points something of a page-turner, but with a good many distracting implausibilities. Yes, it's a radical revision of the Monte Cristo storyline, so we must grant the novel some latitude in the way of believability, but that does not ameliorate its clunking, forced, improbable plot machinations. As one other reviewer carped, How did he get those removed nails to sink back into their holes -- while he was hidden inside the coffin? And how abo ...more
REVENGE. (2000). Stephen Fry. ***.
This was Fry’s thriller based on a take-off of “The Count of Monte Christo.” The best I can say about this attempt is that the reader would do better to read the imitated novel instead of this one. The original is at least coherent and well-written. I can’t seem to find much good to say about this imitation.
With its storyline liberally lifted from “The Count of Monte Cristo”, Mr. Fry was astonished that no one picked up on his blatant plagiarism. But he doesn’t merely steal the plotline by Alexandre Dumas pére. He expands on it and gives it a contemporary feel that never detracts from the relentless engine of the plot. With a protagonist who becomes tempered and hardened by his stint in prison, as well as multilingual, rich and mysterious, the stage is set for some twisted payback.

In spite of its i
Feb 22, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently read a couple of hard-boiled thrillers which were complex and sustained interest pretty much to the end. Revenge (published in the UK as "The Stars' Tennis Balls") was a more leisurely read, at least for the first two sections. A fortunate, likeable and blameless 17 year old has his life turned on its head. We feel helpless anger at what is happening to him.

Fry writes sometimes with an angry contempt of some of the characters and the thriller turns into a morality play. But a thrilli
Elliott Bignell
"...bravely smiling looks which the British habitually save up for those afflicted with terminal cancer or with brains, brains being by far the more unfortunate condition in their eyes."

Fry is something of a shrewd observer of the British condition, and I can endorse the above with some enthusiasm. In fact, Fry is a keen observer of almost everything about people, and this book delves into the wine-dark sea of their inadequacies and jealousies. It is a polysyllabic and unputtabledown tour of the
Dane Cobain
Oct 08, 2014 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often find Fry’s writing to be hit and miss, as is evidenced by my previous reviews of his work – The Stars’ Tennis Balls, however, is definitely a hit, and it’s game, set and match for the closest thing to a literary magnum opus that Fry will ever own.

The novel tells the story of young Ned Maddstone, the kind of guy who doesn’t have a care in the world – he’s in love with a beautiful girl called Portia and she’s in love with him, and he’s doing well at his private school. His family isn’t sho
May 29, 2014 Tamar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 19, 2015 Sierra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dorky but delectable. That is the phrase that rose in my mind as I closed the back cover of Stephen Fry's mystery. It was a novel I'd come across in a used bookstore last year and picked up simply on the basis that I love its author for his memoirs and movies. My mind read along in his deep, velvet voice, every phrase slightly curled upward at the end-- this helped with some parts that I would not have been able to stomach in another author. Stephen Fry has a way unique way of swirling about in ...more
Nethra Ram
May 28, 2014 Nethra Ram rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male-authors
This book left me in a mixture of emotions. It starts off in a plain, dictative manner, the usual bunch of kids caught up in jealousy and such. Then, it takes a detour and parades as a thriller for a while, managing to be quite convincing in the spontaneity of it all. Once the suspense gets going, it falls flat, all the background stories out in the open all of a sudden and about a hundred pages where the hero literally learns everything under the sun and transforms into an avenger. These parts. ...more
Dimitrije Vojnov
Feb 05, 2015 Dimitrije Vojnov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pročitao sam TENISKE LOPTICE NEBESA Stivena Fraja, zanimljivu aproprijaciju Diminog GROFA MONTE KRISTA smeštenu u dvadesetak godina između početka osamdesetih i početka dvehiljaditih koja se u određenom smislu može posmatrati i kao svojevrsna transpozicija priče čija je osnovna namera i bila da prikaže razliku između dve epohe.

Jedna od razlika je očigledna jer se završnica romana, “Osveta” dešava u periodu kada se pojavio internet. Međutim i uvodni deo koji se dešava pre interneta pokazuje spec
Catherine Moss
Apr 20, 2015 Catherine Moss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic crazy morally ambiguous Stephen Fry novel. :-)
Jan 21, 2012 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A strange book. The first two acts set the stage well, but the third act is limp and ineffective. It's as if Fry set out to write a revenge thriller, only to realize at the end that he didn't much like writing violent scenes. So what we get is a story in which the all-important moments of catharsis are all but glossed over.

Disappointing, not recommended.
Apr 26, 2016 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was both what I expected from Stephen Fry and what I didn't expect. Part of me was expecting something on the very comedic side and this wasn't it. What it is is a look at the rise and fall and revenge of one young man(well, he starts out young and ends not so young). Now I want to read more of the novels Stephen Fry has written.
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Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile. As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. He is also famous for his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI. In addition to writing fo ...more
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