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Joanne Harris - "Gentlemen and players"

I adore Joanne Harris (ah, Joanne Harris, mon amour))).
And I really, really loved "Gentlemen and players" which isn't among her most famous books.


Just like "Chocolat" it is a story told by two voices.
One of these voices is a kid whose dream is to study in a prestigious school for boys. Another storyteller is an adult, one of the school's professors. We see the story from two angles at a time.
Seeing from different angles is smth which helps you in this life... And when you may see the plot of a movie or that of a book like that... It's also very interesting).
One day the kid achieved his dream. He joined the school anonymously. But he was alrealy an adult. And he had a vicious plan about it (mhm-mhm, what is it about?)))
I adore Joanne Harris (ah, Joanne Harris, mon amour))).
And I really, really loved "Gentlemen and players" which isn't among her most famous books.

But... We don't know WHO this kid is. We see different teachers, we see school's staff. But which one among them is that kid hurt in his childhood, whose words have a double meaninh, whose smiles are fake, whose gestures are well calculated?
We don't know that, it is a mystery).
This book is very much like a detective story, and also it is a love story with a most unexpected end. This story reminds of how it may be horrible, difficult and painful to be a teenager, when everyone thinks you live in a paradise naive world... And one may go through dramas. All these kids around us... sometimes they go through real great dramas, they feel love without knowing their dramas may pass, they feel like everything is new and way too powerful.
They are to be treated carefully, otherwise they may turn into a person with a cracked heart, much like the brilliant but sad hero of this amazing story.
Joanne Harris was a teacher one day and she is really BRILLIANT in describing this universe of teen age.
The end of this book is one of the most unexpected ends you could imagine).

Comments

Adding this to my TBR!
Hope you enjoy it).
Loved that book! British schools, mystery, well written characters. I'm in!
Yes, it is so captivating!))
Did you read "Lollipop shoes" (which is also by Harris)? It is very bright and there's much about kids-parents relations, I think you'd like it, too).
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