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Gentlemen & Players (Sound Library) (Original 2005; 2006. Auflage)

von Joanne Harris, Steven Pacey (Erzähler)

Reihen: 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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Titel:Gentlemen & Players (Sound Library)
Autoren:Joanne Harris
Weitere Autoren:Steven Pacey (Erzähler)
Info:BBC Audiobooks (2006), Audio CD
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:****
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I still get chills when I reminisce about reading this book. The way my jaw dropped to the floor in shock. It has one delicious mother of a wicked twist that I never saw coming. My wife likes Harris, but I always looked down my nose at it: "Chick-Lit". But when she picked up this one I was immediately intrigued becuase it appeared to be more of a thriller, and I am a sucker for books taking place in boarding schools, for some reason. I still haven't read any more Joanne Harris books, but this one is a favorite - oh, that twist! I wish Ms. Harris would write more thrillers! ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
This book is a marvellous study of revenge set against the background of St Oswald’s, a minor public school that dominates its local area. It is narrated in part by the principal character, curmudgeonly Classics teacher Roy Straitley, who is embarking on his ninety-ninth term teaching at the school (of which he is, himself an old boy), and is dead set on achieving his century. He does, however, feel beset by the various members of the school's Senior Management Team, all of whom advocate glitzy new ideas which they communicate to the common room using a jargon-strewn lingo that Straitley can scarcely understand. He is also besieged by colleagues in the Modern Languages department, who clearly have designs on his classroom, which occupies a prime location in the school’s bell tower.

The new school year brings with it a crop of new teachers, one of whom writes a second narrative which is intertwined with Straitley's. We learn that this new teacher had grown up in the school's gatehouse as their father had been the School's Porter, although they had been sent to the local sink estate comprehensive school. While growing up this teacher had formed an overwhelming obsession with St Oswald’s, to the extent that they frequently masqueraded as one of the junior boys.

As a new member of staff this teacher sets about a Machiavellian scheme to undermine the body of the school, with devastating (though often humorous) consequences.

The book is absolutely spellbinding, with alarmingly (deliciously?) close echoes of my own old school. i have always loved stories set in old fashioned schools, and this is one of the best of the genre that I have encountered. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Aug 12, 2021 |
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 |
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Joanne HarrisHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Christensen, CamillaÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Grandi, LauraÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Hultman, JanÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Sever, SavinaÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Short-Payen, JeannetteÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Starostinoĭ, Tatʹi︠a︡nyÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Szűr-Szabó, KatalinÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Vré, Monique deÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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