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... show more
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 gets under way, a number of incidents befall students and faculty alike, beginning as small annoyances but soon escalating in both number and consequence. St. Oswald's is unraveling, and only Straitley stands in the way of its ruin. But he faces a formidable opponent with a bitter grudge and a master strategy that has been meticulously planned to the final, deadly move.
Publish date: December 26th 2006
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 422
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Mystery Thriller
I honesty think this is Harris' best book. I truly do.To talk to much about the plot is to give away a bit too many spoilers, and part of the joy of the book is the mystery so, let's not do that. What I love, besides the mystery, is the look at class, gender, and blind love that we can't fully ratio...
All through this book I really hated the psychotic villain and seriously intended to give the book 2 stars (and that only for the impeccable writing style).The finale altered it all. So brilliant that it's impossible not to admire it. The villain is still twisted and maniacal, but the book is great....
In a word: compelling. So much so that I neglected several Very Important Things I was to be doing with regards to my graduate school work. And if that isn't a testament to the ability of this book to suck you in (against your better judgement), then I don't know what is.The true delight of this boo...