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Gentlemen and Players de Joanne Harris
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Gentlemen and Players (2005 original; edició 2006)

de Joanne Harris

Sèrie: St. Oswald's (1)

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Roy Straitley, the classics teacher at St. Oswald's School for Boys, is contemplating retirement after his over 30 year tenure at the school. Five new faculty members join the staff of the elite school, including one whose ultimate goal is to it.
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Títol:Gentlemen and Players
Autors:Joanne Harris
Informació:Black Swan (2006), Paperback, 512 pages
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Gentlemen and Players de Joanne Harris (2005)

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This engaging little thriller derives its suspense the old-fashioned way: there are no ghosts or Gothic elements, only a well-crafted psychological tug-of-war between Roy Straitley, an engagingly eccentric Classics professor at St. Oswald's, an exclusive English boys school, determined to protect the institution's creaking but fundamentally worthy foundations, and an unknown malevolent force that has infiltrated St. Oswald with the purpose of destroying the school and all who sail in it.

I enjoyed this novel on several different levels. To begin, the novel is ingeniously crafted, with chapters alternatively narrated by Straitley, and his unidentified foe. In this way Harris blends necessary explication into the narrative rather than having to cram it all into the novel's denoument. (Which is good, because there's a lot of "a ha!" info to process at the end of this clever tale.)

Gentlemen and Players is also beautifully written, with prose that evokes atmosphere without cramming it down the readers' throats. Her use of dialog is spare but effective; her descriptive text is similarly spare but evocative. (Ex: "October had turned menacing, tearing the leaves from the golden trees and showering the Quad with conkers.")

I appreciated how the author achieves just the right balance between social satire (catty professors, pompous students, shrill parents, etc.) and genuine reverence for the art of good teaching. Straitley may be curmudgeonly and sarcastic, but his compassion for his students is genuine and his teacher toolkit a model for how to earn rather than demand respect.

Most of all, this really is a clever little mystery. A great deal of art has gone into the plotting, and to ensuring that surpises await even the most canny readers at the end.

Seldom do I read a book in one sitting, but I did this one - I even sent my family down to the beach without me so I could finish it! A testament to the power of a story well-crafted and well-told. ( )
  Dorritt | Jul 4, 2019 |
Een boek van Joanne Harris moet wel goed zijn. Maar hier moest ik even inkomen. De hoofdpersonen zijn Roy Straitley en een ik-persoon die afwisselend per hoofdstuk aan het woord zijn. De ik-persoon blijft vaag, maar heeft een duidelijk doel. Ook gaat het verhaal van het 'nu' naar het verleden en weer terug. Uiteindelijk wist het me toch wel te boeien. ( )
  connie53 | Feb 15, 2019 |
Le texte dit ce qu'il ne dit pas; the text says what it does not say. I spotted one of the big twists early on, mainly because I spotted a particular kind of verbal deception that I've become used to using myself over the last twenty years.

But, ça ne fait rien as it happens, although there's less Frenchness in this than there is in most of Joanne Harris's work. There are as many twists and turns as there are in the dusty corridors and staircases of the smart St Oswald's School stalked by a killer who will stop at nothing in search of revenge.

There are better-executed thrillers, but this is new ground for the author and I hope she returns to it because I enjoyed this very much.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
Le texte dit ce qu'il ne dit pas; the text says what it does not say. I spotted one of the big twists early on, mainly because I spotted a particular kind of verbal deception that I've become used to using myself over the last twenty years.

But, ça ne fait rien as it happens, although there's less Frenchness in this than there is in most of Joanne Harris's work. There are as many twists and turns as there are in the dusty corridors and staircases of the smart St Oswald's School stalked by a killer who will stop at nothing in search of revenge.

There are better-executed thrillers, but this is new ground for the author and I hope she returns to it because I enjoyed this very much.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
It’s funny really: I’ve spent most of my life with completely the wrong impression of Joanne Harris, writing her off as an author of cutesy French tales like Chocolat (which perhaps isn’t particularly cutesy itself; I must reread it). And yet she’s so much more than that. She’s written ironic mythical fantasy (The Gospel of Loki), nuanced historical fiction (Holy Fools) and now, I discover, gripping thrillers. I came to Gentlemen & Players because I have a soft spot for fiction set in schools (blame The History Boys, I suppose), and I was attracted by this book’s setting at St Oswald’s: a self-consciously old-fashioned private school for boys. But I stayed for the increasingly compelling tale of Machiavellian revenge, as the school unwittingly nurtures a viper in its bosom: someone with an old grudge against St Oswald’s, who has finally decided to take down the school bit by bit from within. And, when I finished the book, I was sorely tempted to go right back to the beginning and start again, because Harris pulls off a piece of narrative legerdemain that is so completely brilliant that I wanted to revisit everything with full understanding.

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2018/08/27/gentlemen-players-joanne-harris/ ( )
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