Different Class

Different Class

Book - 2016
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The impressively versatile Joanne Harris in her psychological thriller mode, at her darkest and most unsettling.

After thirty years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its 'Brodie' boys who, whilst of course he doesn't have avourites, hold a special place in an old teacher's heart. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside.

With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things.
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2016.
ISBN: 9780385619233
0385619235
Characteristics: 415 pages

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CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 09, 2017

Roy Straitley is a Latin teacher in a boarding school for boys. He is an anachronism. And the new, forward-thinking headmaster thinks it’s past time for him to retire, and is ready to force the issue.

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susanchyn
Mar 04, 2017

Other Class was a satisfying read, on all levels, its dark backdrop notwithstanding.

My reading experience would have been even better had I 1) read it after its predecessor, Gentlemen and Players, and 2) studied Virgil in the original Latin (studied anything in the original Latin...).

But the Latin puns and Master Straitley’s old school humor were not entirely lost on me, thanks to Google translate. "Obesa cantavit"?!

The plotting is intricate—a puzzle that requires patience and a bit of re-reading as new information is shared.

Joanne Harris is a crafty craftswoman.

JCLGreggW Jan 25, 2017

Not quite a traditional mystery, not quite a psychological thriller, but a mixture of both. Set in a British boys' boarding school in 2005, we follow aging Latin professor Roy Straitley as a scandal from 1981 reemerges after it was thought buried. Suspenseful yet leisurely, this one delights.

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