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Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
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Jan 05, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2005
Read in December, 2005

Joanne Harris new novel is set in St Oswald's, an old private school for boys. Everything is changing with the new technology coming into the school. This doesn't make things any easier fro the Roy Straitley, the old Latin master. And there is also a lot of old dark secrets to be revealed. 15 years ago the school's Porter's kid came into the school and pretended to be one of the boys, came up with a new identity...

Gentlemen & Players is even darker than Harris' previous books. There is a lot of deaths... There are many good gentlemen at the school, but also the occasional awful and even evil players. The book is in fact some kind of game of Chess. With a real surprise in the end.

Despite the darkness and the deaths I really likes the book. A real page-turner. Dealing with a typical Joanne Harris -issue. The kid that didn't fit in, yarned to be accepted. Revenge. In Joanne Harris' books no one is evil without a good reason. I definitely recommend this book.

And the environment reminds me of JK Rowling's Hogwarts! Old schools like St Oswald's must have been the inspiration for Hogwarts. And in Hogwarts there too is real gentlemen and real players.
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