Gentlemen and Players
For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than thirty years. This year, however, the wind of unwelcome change is blowing, and Straitley is finally, reluctantly, contemplating retirement. As the new term get...more
Joanne Harris is best known for her award winning novel Chocolat that lead to the highly successful film of the same name and two more novels featuring the main characters. Her other novels include Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, The Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Father Francis. Born in her grandparent’s sweet shop, her family has a tradition of storytelling, folklore, cookery and strong women. It is no surprise then that many of her books feature food, sweets and strong women fol ...more
That being said, it's a great story. It's set in a boys' prep school in England and the story centers around Roy Straitley, a latin professor who has taught there for 33 ye ...more
1. As always, Joanne Harris is an expert at characterization. This is my 4th book by her I read and even if I did not like the book too ...more
The novel alternates chapters from the perpetrator and the old teacher perspective. Harris does a wonderful job in creating a credible psychopath with a grudge ...more
I am a HUGE Joanne Harris fan, my favourites of hers being the "foodie" books and I must admit to being a tad sceptical when I picked this up thinking that maybe she wouldn't do thriller novels quite as well. I was wrong - this lady is no one-trick-pony. From the first page ...more
I went to Kepler's a week ago and almost came home with four new books. But I instituted an emergency policy on the spot -- only one book purchase allowed -- and I picked this one. It sounded so promising... I love page turners and this was touted as "wickedly funny", literary, and all that good stuff. But my high hopes were dashed! And I gave up after about 120 pages.
In short, two narrators -- one who is supposed to be acerbically wi ...more
As the school, and surrounding town, attempt to come to gri ...more
The book is telling the story of a young student. It's experiece. The way the school is working. And it's relationships with the people among it. It's family, its friends, its teachers.
The book is also telling the story of a ...more
I've read a number of Joanne Harris' books. Almost all of them.
This one blew all of those books out of the water.
In my experience with her books, I've come to learn that there is a place in the middle where the plot lags, or the characters irritate me, or something just slows down enough for me to put the book down and pick something else up before going back to it.
That point didn't happen in this book. It was fast paced and neat and every character was develope ...more
Os problemas começam quando St Oswald, um colégio de elite, desperta sentimentos de inadaptação, humilhação, inferioridade e raiva numa criança que se sente irresistivelmente atraída por ele e que se apercebe que nunca será aceite naquele ...more
Проблема этой книги в ее главном герое. Ребенок из неблагополучной семьи ...more
Врачи часто оперируют понятием «не навредить». Многие писатели подспудно хотят «не наследить». Не в истории литературы, а так, чтобы читатели, среди которых обязательно найдутся прототипы тех или иных героев произведения, не смогли бы привязать историю к конкретному месту и обвинить автора в предвзятости и компромате. И во вступительном слове к своим произведениям часто пишут: «Совпадение имен и географ ...more
To dare, to strive, to conquer
For generations, privileged young men attended private schools like St. Oswald’s Grammar School for Boys, groomed for greatness and success. But this year the winds have turned, not only are suits, paperwork, and information technology threating to overwhelm the school and break the traditions of this elite school but someone is trying to corrupt and destroy St. Oswalds once and for all; this is a game for Gentlemen and Players.
Nothing like a ...more
Harris, Joanne – Standalone
Doubleday, 2005- UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0385-60366-5
First Sentence: If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past fifteen years, it’s this; that murder is really no big deal.
*** Roy Straitley is Latin master at St. Oswald’s, a long-established boy’s grammar school. Although there have always been incidences of disruption through the years, there’s been nothing with the frequency and maliciousness of events being ...more
I normally love everything that Joanne Harris writes, but I found this one a bit too predictable, and the characters a bit too much like others. 'Julian' had shades of blueeyedboy, mostly. The whole pattern of the book, too, the steady undermining forces and the final triumph, that's familiar from her other books as well. I don't think I was surprised once.
She does evoke the school environment very well, at least to the mind of someone who attended a private school. ...more
The narrative switches between the present and 15 years earlier, when the unidentified narrator became resentful of St Oswald's because they had to attend the local an ...more
Un bel libro, scritto benissimo.
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