DIFFERENT CLASS by Joanne Harris

DIFFERENT CLASS by Joanne Harris

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DIFFERENT CLASS is the latest book by Joanne Harris, the sequel of "Gentlemen & Players", which again takes place between the thick stone walls and the dusty corridors of the prestigious Boys Grammar School of St Oswald.
Where time seems to have stopped, greeted by the scent of wood, books, chalk, mice and Gauloises smoke, the old professor of Latin, Ronald Straitley, finds himself facing a new school year. Among those classrooms, generations of pupils have followed setting the rhythm of time passing. Each class has its clowns, its rebels and the favorites that have a special place in an old master's heart. But every so often there is a boy who stands out. A troublemaker. One capable of poison whatever surrounds him.

For Roy Straitley that someone was Jonny Harrington. The new Head of Saint Oswald.

Due to a terrible event occurred in the school the previous year ( told in Gentlemen & Players) , which could seriously undermine the prestige of St Oswald, the direction is entrusted to a unit of crisis committed to reaffirm the image of the college with glossy brochure, modernization of implants and subjects and introduction of mixed sex classes in order to create a competitive and innovative school. At the head of this team is the fascinating and bewitching Jonny Harrington. Brilliant academic, owner of a Porsche that with his expensive suit and his excellent oratory skills bewitches the faculty and promises to revive the fortunes of the school.

This, bland, pale unbearable boy, with his impeccable uniform and his air of barely concealed contempt. How I hated him, then as now.

Harrington's opening speech bring Straitley back in time. Those were the '60, Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie was in the air and a young Harrington walked in the halls of that same school. And although all the other teachers remember the young diligent student, only Straitley seems to remind that he had been involved in an ugly, dirty business that had caused the end of the career and defamed the reputation of one of his colleagues and best friend, Harry Clark. After nearly 20 years, in conjunction with the reign of Harrington, Straitley got the news of the death of the former professor Clark and this brings back the forgotten story with all the force of resentment. Screaming and pushing for justice, Straitley is committed to dust off the memories of the past and investigate to clean up Clark's name.

A mysterious and chilling story that demonstrates impressive versatility and mastery of a writer that can swap from romance as Chocolat to thrillers like Different Class with ostentatious ease and absolute, cleverness. Moving between Straitley storytelling in 2005, his memories of events in 1981 and haunting diary of a student not well identified, treating subjects like paedophilia, homophobia, religious cults and bodies that resurface from the water, DIFFERENT CLASS turns out to be a masterpiece of misdirection and a tale of revenge, resentment and obsession that ends with a very astonishing conclusion.


DIFFERENT CLASS by Joanne Harris

5/5

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Doubleday UK (July 12, 2016)
Language: English
Genre: Thriller and Suspense


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