A St. Oswald, esclusivo collegio maschile nel Nord dell'Inghilterra, inizia il nuovo anno scolastico. Si respira aria di cambiamenti: nuove tecnologie, nuovi insegnanti... Ma a minacciare la scuola sono ben altri contrattempi. Tutto comincia con una serie di incidenti, dapprima insignificanti e quasi comici, poi sempre più gravi e inquietanti, tanto da mettere a rischio la sopravvivenza della scuola stessa. Robert Straitley, l'anziano professore di latino, è l'unico che appare in grado di contrastare questo crescendo di violenza, perché conosce St. Oswald e la sua storia, e anche quei segreti che in molti hanno preferito nascondere per salvare il buon nome dell'istituto.
- ISBN: 8811679354
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 438
Joanne Harris - image from BBC St. Oswalds Grammar School for Boys is an exclusive British institution, a bastion of tradition and privilege. Roy Straitley is an aging Classics teacher about to reach his 100th term at the school. The sameness and relative serenity of St Oswalds is about to be shatt
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 Leggi tutto
This book is an absolute delight from start to finish. Joanne Harris has always been a favourite of mine and she certainly did not let me down with this one! Mr Straitly is such a well drawn character I found myself cheering for him the whole time and I was desperate for him to succeed in the end. T Leggi tutto
This is definitely the best book I have read so far this year. Why? Let me count the ways. Where to begin? (The only real complaint I have is that the synopsis and teasers given tell a story nothing like what readers have. At least, it reveals only a sliver, and not even a very significant one- comp Leggi tutto
Another wonderful read by Joanne Harris. I wish I had read this one before the sequel (A Different Class published 11 years later) but nothing was spoiled by reading in reverse order. I'm looking forward to a third (or fourth...) in the series but, hopefully, sooner than 11 years! Highly recommended Leggi tutto
Oh is this a splendid read! I almost gave it 5 stars until just 50 or 70 so pages from the end, when I think Harris jumped the shark a bit. But then I read "Different Class" first, so having given that one the 5 star, I felt this first one just shied behind it. It is 4.5 star if I could give it that Leggi tutto
Delightful, engaging and well written thriller, with an interesting plot and credible characters. It beautifully recreates the special atmosphere of an old, privileged, traditional educational institution, and the particular set of idiosyncrasies, values, ineradicable and peculiar attitudes that cha Leggi tutto
Хареса ми "Джентълмени и играчи". Джоан Харис е във вихъра на разбойническия си тип книги, които се характеризират с интелигентно планиране и много изненади! :) Това ми е втората книга на Харис в този стил. Първата беше "Свещени безумци". И двете са добри попадения. Не от типа много стойностни книги Leggi tutto
Nothing but pure delight -- entertainment at its best, with a few life lessons thrown in, for good measure. Joanne Harris novels never fail to put me in a good mood, just through the sheer delight of her writing. Sometimes you just need to smile, and be entertained. Sometimes you just need a good ga Leggi tutto
How do you feel when you know you are nothing but the porter’s son and will never ever be accepted by any of the boys at St. Oswald’s? Oh the agony of being overlooked, ignored, despised when you know that you are as good maybe even better than those snoots. That’s when you transform yourself from J Leggi tutto
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