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Kirkston Abbey is no place for the weak. Standing stark against the Norfolk sky, its aim is conformity and control; its rules harsh, its discipline savage. To 14-year-old Jonathan Palmer, it is a prison; a world in which he feels threatened and powerless. When he is offered the chance of escape, in the guise of an unexpected friendship, he accepts it gladly. But all is not...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Simon & Schuster (Trade Division) (first published 1999)
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Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
intrigante e freudiano

tema abusato, ma raccontato con talento
due adolescenti che mettono in pratica la teoria freudiana della mancanza di innocenza nei giovani, se per Freud il bambino è un "perverso polimorfo" postulazione fatta con l'intento di spiegare le cose che non si potevano spiegare altrimenti mettendo così fine alle chiacchiere sulla presunta innocenza infantile, per Redmond i ragazzini sono il diavolo in persona, ma non un diavolo cattolico, piuttosto un demone composto per metà da ca...more
Κώστας
Ένταση,Ταχυπαλμία,έξαψη,Αδρεναλίνη.
Θλίψη,συγκίνηση.
Φόβος,οργή,αγανάκτηση.

Η διαδοχική εναλλαγή όλων των παραπάνω συναισθημάτων δεν μου άφησαν περιθώρια.Πρόκειται για το καλύτερο,το πιο δυνατό βιβλίο που έχω διαβάσει ποτέ!!!Υποβάλλει τον αναγνώστη,κολλάει στα χέρια,μαγνητίζει στον κόσμο του όποιον αρέσκεται στα ψυχολογικά θρίλερ.

Δεν θα αναφερθώ στην πλοκή,πέραν του οπισθόφυλλου.
Αντ'αυτού παραθέτω κάποια επιλεγμένα αποσπάσματα από τον πρόλογο της μεταφράστριας Καίτης Οικονόμου:

"...Το Παιχνίδι των κ...more
Sara
Davvero un bel romanzo! E dire che non l'avrei mai letto, se non lo avessi trovato per caso a un mercatino dell'usato...e ora invece sono curiosa di leggere altro di questo promettente scrittore.
"L'allievo" è un thriller psicologico che racconta la storia dell'amicizia morbosa tra due ragazzini molto diversi e l'effetto che può avere una mente "forte" su una mente debole. "L'allievo" parla di pazzia e lo fa con una maestria che spaventa e tiene incollati alle pagine. Sarà che a me i pazzi fanno...more
☀ Jo Ann ❀
When I pulled this from my library's book shelf I really didn't expect much, but what a great surprise this one turned out to be. The story revolves around a group of British boarding school boys but it is not YA. It manages to stay suspenseful through its entirety. I thought the characters were very well created, and that Patrick Redmond did a wonderful job of nailing down adolescent behavior. This story sucked me in and didn't let go till the very end.


Shannon
Oct 06, 2011 Shannon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon by: Walter
This book made me SO ANGRY! I hadn't read anything about the book before I started reading it so everything that happened was a total surprise to me. that's not to say the book wasn't REALLY good. I couldn't put it down. I was just angry with the characters. The story really grabs you and the characters and their relationships to one another are very interesting.
Dan
My grandmother recommended this book to me many years ago, and it is one of the very few books that I have read through virtually in one sitting - it really was that good. I still remember a particularly vivid scene near the end of the book where one of the characters looks at her husband and realises that he has lost his mind - truly gripping stuff...
Solim
Very engaging book from start to finish. The way Redmond brings these characters to life is definitely going to make this book memorable. I don't think there was any filler or pointless/boring chapters and the suspense was never ending. I felt horrible for some of the characters and how they were treated and hated others but it seems that's what Redmond was aiming to do. What made me take a star off was the ending. I think the author could have delivered the twist a little differently to add a l...more
Novia

In the bleak winter term, of 1954 something terrible happened at Kirkston Abbey for boys. Now, more than forty years later, journalist Tim Webber thinks he’s found the key to uncovering the truth. But is he prepared to live with the consequences…?

Strong blurb, don’t you think?

I read a review of this book long time ago, couldn’t remember where, all I can remember was that the reviewer thought that The Wishing Game was a great book. When I saw the book on secondhand bookstore, the memory of that...more
Rebeca May
El periodista Tim Webber investiga un viejo caso ocurrido en internado Kirkston Abbey, cuyas conclusiones policíacas dejaron cabos sueltos y curiosidades insatisfechas. En su investigación conoce a uno de aquellos chicos protagonistas quien habrá de contarle aquella historia que no debía ser contada.

Los protagonistas son Jonathan Palmer, tímido e influencibale, y Richard Rokeby, brillante y peligroso. Con un simple acto de amabilidad empieza una amistad peligrosa, que aleja a todos aquellos que...more
Ubik 2.0
Fronte del college

Ho trovato “L’allievo” di Patrick Redmond sopravvalutato e piuttosto deludente rispetto alle lodi sperticate di cui è stato oggetto.

Il punto è che forse ho letto troppi romanzi e visto troppi film ambientati in college inglesi (o americani) con personaggi stereotipati che puntualmente ricorrono a popolare le vecchie mura, in teoria deputate allo studio ma di fatto teatro di vicende adolescenziali di vario genere: solo poche settimane fa in un altro commento (Skippy muore di Pa...more
Hannie
Ik heb dit boek al eens eerder gelezen, maar omdat ik niet meer wist hoe het ging, heb ik het opnieuw gelezen. Het boek draait om een jongen die op een kostschool zit. Het verhaal begint rustig, waarin veel uitgelegd wordt over het leven op een kostschool. Na mate het verhaal verder vordert gebeuren er steeds meer gruwelijke dingen. Ik kan daar niet te veel over vertellen, want dan zou ik een deel van het plot verklappen, maar de schrijver, Patrick Redmond, weet de spanning wel goed op te bouwen...more
Arwen67
Un thriller psicologico, orchestrato magistralmente, uno snodarsi di avvenimenti messi in moto dalla inquietante figura di un ragazzo quindicenne, apparentemente indipendente e solitario che attira, come un ragno nella sua tela, un altro ragazzo, preso invece di mira dai bulli della scuola per il suo carattere mite e per le sue modeste origini rispetto al target imposto dall'esclusivo college in cui sono iscritti.
I due diventano inseparabili, ma quando Jon si rende conto che l'amico gli sta face...more
Katherine
Un gran libro sobre terror psicológico.

Al principio se me hizo bastante lenta, y hasta en algunas partes sentí que narraba cosas que eran innecesarias, pero omitiendo eso,es uno de los mejores que leí.
Me fui enganchado con la lectura a eso de la mitad del libro y desde ahí no pude parar,tanto lo misterioso que era rockeby ( que en muchos casos me dieron ganas de revolear la computadora por esas actitudes tan malévolas que tenia con los demás )y la trama en si hicieron que no puede despegarme n...more
James
This is a powerful psychological thriller of haunting suspense. It is set in a private boys school, Kirkston Abbey, where conformity and control are enforced through harsh rules and savage discipline. To 14-year-old Jonathan Palmer, it is a prison; a world in which he feels threatened and powerless. When he is offered the chance of escape, in the guise of an unexpected friendship, he accepts it gladly. The friendship grows into something dangerous as their games lose their innocence. In combinin...more
Adrian
definitivamente este libro me dejó sentimientos encontrados. Por un lado me gustó que fuese descriptivo de tal manera que con un poco de imaginación te envolvía en el ambiente que el autor quería transmitir; sin embargo la primer mitad del libro se me hizo plana, y monótona con unos pequeños destellos de suspenso. La segunda mitad del libro Sin duda mejora notablemente, aunque creo que el final me quedó a deber un poco.
Jacqueline
Mein absolutes Lieblingsbuch, die Handlung und vor allen dingen sein Schreibstil fesselt mich immer wieder, wenn ich dieses Buch aufschlage ( was ich immerschon 13 mal getan habe) und lassen es mich immer wieder in einem rutsch durchlesen. Grandios!
Das Buch spielt im Jahr 1954 in einem englischen Jungeninternat. Es geht dabei um eine langsam entstehende Freundschaft, die mit jeder Seite des Buches gefährlicher wird. Es geht um Hass, Wut und Manipulation.
Das großartige an diesem Buch finde ich je...more
Carnation
this book was a masterpiece. from every point of view. it was literally a thriller and from the beginning the plot becomes more more complex and the answer isn't given until the very end. I highly recommend it to everyone. again taking into consideration the writing skills of the author, this book is a masterpiece
Certainshoes
I absolutely LOVED this book! I dont even know how to explain this, I love Patrick Redmond, and the way he can develop the characters throughout the story, and he captures really well the insecurities of this characters (being adolescents) and the ambivalence of the choices they make.
It has become one of my favourite books, and i loved the twisted ending, and the two main characters, as well as the others, they all mean something.
I love the way he tells the story between innocence and something...more
Alexiel85
Non è mai stato un best-seller ma forse dovrebbe. Io questo libro l'ho sempre amato, e mi piacerebbe anche vederlo trasformato in film! Strano che nessuno ci abbia mai pensato..!
Micah Incredible
My mom brought this at a yard sale and I remember picking up just because the Blurb sounded cool and the cover was rather creepy.

This is an excellent book and it definitely explores the psyche of a bullied boy and a trouble boy and their "friendship." It is not directly implied if there is some type of homosexual relationship between the two but you do know they are close.

For this to have been his First novel, you really could not tell. The characters are well-written, the storylines are well wr...more
Hanna Andersen
I loved it a long time ago - should probably read it again soon!
Nancy
Something Dangerous takes place in an English school for boys. The activities began as a game, but turned into something much more dangerous and sinister.
This is one of those turn-the-lights-down-low-and-read-it-late-at-night books. Why it has been tucked away in my bookshelves for so long without being touched is a question. This book was well done and well plotted with never a dull, draggy section. So much for sticking to the classics list for the year. This was fun in a dark, evil sort of...more
Mark Logie
Essentially a good read, but let down,at times, by somewhat clunky grammar and puncuation (a pet hate of mine!).

Also, the prologue and epilogue go over and over the same ground without, in my opinion, adding much to the plot or our knowledge of the characters. It slows down the pace too much, and the novel would be leaner and tighter without it.

Overall, however, a tense supernatural thriller with enough hints of bleakness to make it into a genuine tragedy as well.
Myles
Something Dangerous is a creepy suspense novel that, much like most Boy Public School novels, touches on The Lord of the Flies. I read it quite a few years ago but I remember that Redmond has a deft touch with the cruelties children can inflict on each other as well as the unhealthy worshipful balance that some young friendships can take on.

It's a super quick read, but I held onto it for so long for a reason: it unnerved me.
Steffi
Ich habe das Buch innerhalb von 2 Tagen gelesen und das hatte seinen Grund. Die ganze Geschichte fängt mehr oder weniger harmlos an und am Anfang ist due aufkeimende Beziehung der Hauptfiguren noch witzig, zärtlich und harmlos. Doch immer mehr entwickelt sich der eine zu einem Psychopathen. In dem Buch geht es um Hass, Wut und Machtlosigkeit bis es in einem Showdown gipfelt.
Brian
Oct 20, 2007 Brian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, horror fans
Shelves: favorites
A mystery novel and horror story all rolled into one. This book is a fantastic exploration of the evil that can live inside all of us, and the ending has a twist so surprising, you'll almost be knocked out of your chair or off your sofa.

DISCLAIMER: Some people who have read this book have panned the ending because it isn't "happy." Don't say you weren't warned.
Marie Bergman
This was a good one. A really really good one. Kind of reminded me of Jan Guillous Ondskan, mixed with a somewhat supernatural horror movie. Which doesn't make much sense, neither does it sound very good. But it is! I had no expectations what so ever, but I even brought this book to work so I could sneak read it on my tiny breaks.
Laura Johnson
Ready to give your heart a little jolt? Well this book will definitely do it. The Wishing Game tells the story of four private school boys participating in game that ends in death. Don't believe that these boys don't know their own power...they know! Straight to the point...read this one with the lights on!
Laura Johnson
Ready to give your heart a little jolt? Well this book will definitely do it. The Wishing Game tells the story of four private school boys participating in game that ends in death. Don't believe that these boys don't know their own power...they know! Straight to the point...read this one with the lights on!
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