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The Wishing Game

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  691 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Alternate title: Something dangerous: a novel

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 fri
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

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
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
Tanya Searle

The Wishing Game is set in an English all boy boarding school, where something is happening to a few of the year four boys.

There's the usual bullying and cliques, popular kids and loners. Jon and Nick are best friends, Richard is a loner, James is a bully.

When the dynamics begin to change, it's subtle at first.

Jon and Richard become friends, they spend their holiday together.

They find one of these...

... Then weird stuff starts happening.

There are accidents.

Jon and Richard's relationship is an u
A very dark book... but subtly so.

There is a paranormal element... but only darkly hinted at until it comes forth unequivocally in the final pages. And even then, you are left "knowing", without having been told very bluntly.

Page after page of fairly normal story line of boys and the adults in an English boarding school. Unhappy boys, true, but this isn't "Oliver Twist". It is just a pretty frank look at the "normal" horrors of being a teenager.

Excellent "painting" of the ups and downs of who is
Oh dear. I appear to be in the minority with this one.
After completing the first third of this book I truly believed I was reading a future classic, well written with excellent character formation and a pace that made me struggle to put down. Clunk! that was the first star disappearing with the introduction of a Ouija board at the start of the second section. I struggle with miracles, magic and mysticism outside of the fantasy genre,( Yeah, I know, that's just me) but it wasn't just that. Clunk!
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.

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.
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...
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
An 'unputdownable'! I would have finished this in one sitting if not for the inconvenience of sleep and work. It's set in a boys' boarding school in the 1950s; Jonathan Palmer, a bright and good boy and victim of bullies, becomes entangled in a friendship with the charismatic and sinister Richard Rokeby with terrible consequences. This is a psychological journey imbued with tension and malevolence and dark forces. There's a strong feeling throughout that there can be no happy endings for the cha ...more

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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..!
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
Creepy but really good! Kind of wondered how the ending would pan out - not quite believable but satisfactory!!
I recently read this book again. It's a messes-with-your-mind kind of thriller taking place in a boys' boarding school. There is a significant cross-element of the supernatural and the psychopathic. It is mixed with the rather realistic touch of an all-boys school in 1950s England. Altogether, this mixture gives the book a very creepy, yet weirdly realistic ambience. It is the only(!) book I could ever get my stepfather to read (he does not like reading much) and he liked it and asked whether I ...more
Hanna Andersen
I loved it a long time ago - should probably read it again soon!
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
A good read, not riveting but worth the effort.
Anthony Rawlinson
It is very much a homoerotic horror with the structure and style of a thriller. The writing is so arrogantly alive.
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Patrick Redmond is an English author of psychological thrillers; typical themes include insanity, secrets and death. He attended Felsted School, then studied law at Leicester University and British Columbia in Vancouver. Wikipedia
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