- By Joanne Harris

Xeque ao Rei

  • Title: Xeque ao Rei
  • Author: Joanne Harris
  • ISBN: 9789724144757
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Xeque ao Rei Por detr s de uma fachada irrepreens vel agitam se segredos antigos Em St Oswald s uma selecta escola secund ria masculina do Norte de Inglaterra um novo ano escolar acabou de come ar mas para os seu

    Por detr s de uma fachada irrepreens vel agitam se segredos antigos Em St Oswald s uma selecta escola secund ria masculina do Norte de Inglaterra um novo ano escolar acabou de come ar, mas para os seus funcion rios e alunos sopram ventos indesejados de mudan a Todo um universo de novas tecnologias e valores se tem vindo a impor e Roy Straitley, professor de Latim, excPor detr s de uma fachada irrepreens vel agitam se segredos antigos Em St Oswald s uma selecta escola secund ria masculina do Norte de Inglaterra um novo ano escolar acabou de come ar, mas para os seus funcion rios e alunos sopram ventos indesejados de mudan a Todo um universo de novas tecnologias e valores se tem vindo a impor e Roy Straitley, professor de Latim, exc ntrico e j veterano na escola, sente se exclu do e, ainda que de forma relutante, capaz de contemplar a hip tese de se reformar Mas, por detr s das pequenas rivalidades, disputas infantis e crises quotidianas da escola, agita se algo mais sombrio E um rancor, secreta e cuidadosamente alimentado durante treze anos, est prestes a eclodir Quem o misterioso autor das cru is partidas que est o a tornar se gradualmente mais violentas e talvez fatais E como pode um velho, j obscuro e meio esquecido esc ndalo tornar se na pedra que derrubar o gigante

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    1. 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 shattered. A new teacher is up to no good, determined to wreak havoc, perhaps even destroy the school and all those in it. Ultimately, this will become a battle between the honorable Straitley and the wretch bent on revenge and destructi [...]

    2. 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 in her grandparent’s sweet shop, her family has a tradition of storytelling, folklore, cookery and strong women. It is no surprise then that many of her books feature food, sweets and strong women f [...]

    3. 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. The last paragraphs of the book brought tears to my eyes. There is a very big mystery angle to this story and although I was able to guess the identity of the murderer fairly early on it was only becau [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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- comparatively minor enough that it changes the overall perception.) 1. As always, Joanne Harris is an expert at characterization. This is my 4th book by her I read and even if I did not like the book too [...]

    6. 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 characterize teachers (as well as students) in such a unique environment. The main character, old-school teacher Straitley, is just lovely and his passion for teaching and culture are contagious. You can [...]

    7. 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 rating. If you have ever taught for a private institution anywhere, this book will cut to your gut with its sharp spears of recognition. Not just in England is there an embodiment like St. O's. Be it [...]

    8. 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 game of (psychological) chess to chase away the cobwebs of winter. This delivers on both counts.

    9. Alright, I'll say right up front that I would have given this book five stars, except that it has more profanity and school-boy crudities than I'm comfortable with in a book. But, (and this might be a bad thing), I'm willing to put up with a little more of that in a really great book. This book is definitely more PG13 than PG.That being said, it's a great story. It's set in a boys' prep school in England and the story centers around Roy Straitley, a latin professor who has taught there for 33 ye [...]

    10. 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 м [...]

    11. The thing I really like about Joanne Harris (Chocolat, Five Quarters of an Orange, etc.) is that she is not a formula writer. Each of her books is unique and can stand on its own merits. Gentlemen and Players is a bit of a cat and mouse thriller that effectively uses a chess analogy throughout the novel. Lots of twists and turns in this mystery. Many of the characters' names are cleverly used to offer some insights and hints. But don't read too, much about the story beforehand if you want to enj [...]

    12. What a great book; especially the end where I did NOT see any of those twists coming. It's the sort of book that makes you want to turn to the beginning again to see where you might have picked up clues or see what you missed.I am a HUGE Joanne Harris fan, my favourites of hers being the "foodie" books and I must admit to being a tad sceptical when I picked this up thinking that maybe she wouldn't do thriller novels quite as well. I was wrong - this lady is no one-trick-pony. From the first page [...]

    13. 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 rationalize. There are so many parallels between the central characters and this is a winning aspect of the novel.

    14. A brilliant psychological thriller where the criminal is playing a game of chess with the staff at St Oswald's, a posh all boys’ school, with the aim of bringing down the school by tarnishing its reputation. The main target is an old-fashioned teacher named Quaz (AKA Quasimodo since he resides in the school tower), I loved this character! The novel alternates chapters from the perpetrator and the old teacher perspective. Harris does a wonderful job in creating a credible psychopath with a grud [...]

    15. May 1st, 2007 (Two weeks before Ava was born)Not recommended! I went to Kepler's a week ago and almost came home with four new books. But I instituted an emergency policy on the spot -- only one book purchase allowed -- and I picked this one. It sounded so promising I love page turners and this was touted as "wickedly funny", literary, and all that good stuff. But my high hopes were dashed! And I gave up after about 120 pages.In short, two narrators -- one who is supposed to be acerbically witty [...]

    16. Joanne Harris’ novels have consistently impressed me since first discovering her. She’s a great writer, and I just love the cadence of her prose and the wonderfully realistic characters that she presents in a vivid and rich setting. This more literary mystery of hers is no exception - it’s an enjoyable and entertaining read. The “evil” narrator’s real identity is not impossible to figure out before the end, but it doesn’t detract from the fun in reading it, and adds that wonderful [...]

    17. 4-4.25 stars. A solid, good read! Fantastic, believable characters, excellent writing. It loses a bit because I hated the villain TOO much. The audio performance is amazing. Better than the book. If you're looking for a cat-and-mouse suspense read, this is it. The older Latin teacher - I will never forget him. What a three-dimensional, awesome man I would love to meet. Any teacher I think would especially appreciate this book.

    18. I was all over the place with this book. Thinking one thing, then another, then another Listening to the audio format wasn't exactly the best thing either, because I initially thought that the other parts were Straitley as a child simply because it was the same narrator throughout. But I figured it out eventually. But then we were intentionally misled and taken on a massive roller coaster ride. Whew, I'm exhausted! A very interesting and unique mystery that's hidden away from the mainstream. Loo [...]

    19. 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 Julian Snyde into Julian Pinchbeck, as Julian Pinchbeck you have the run of St. Oswald's, as the porter’s son you have the bunch of keys that allows you to inspect every nook and cranny of St. [...]

    20. Wowwhat can I say about this book but I was blown awayIts an effort and exercise in vocabulary and patience but well worth itThe surprise twist that comes around page 324 is enough to make this book unforgettable and rareThis is the story of a prestigious all boys day school St. Oswalds and all the characters and secrets it holds are revealed to us by two narrators you love and hate on one hand you have the loveable old Mr Straitley: a tweed jacket wearing relic of the old academic era when Lati [...]

    21. An incredibly clever book!We take the premise of an all boys grammar school, add a person with a serious grudge and things start to get interesting!It unfolds slowly, we know very little about the main character or what caused their hatred of the infamous 'St Oswalds School' - we follow them as they infiltrate the school and plan its ultimate downfall.I can't give away too much all I will say is the twist at the end has to be one of the greatest twists in contemporary literature. It royally scre [...]

    22. From what started out as a neat premise quickly devolved into a tedious, meandering puddle of words. I will say this much, I was hooked from the beginning; The plot for revenge by an outcast antihero. Going back and forth in narration between the PAWN, our schemer (with trips back into the past, and present) and the KING, the "Classics" Master, old centurion Mr. Roy Straitley, we find ourselves as readers woven into the murky history of St. Oswald's school for boys, and the lengths some will go [...]

    23. "Gentlemen and Players" may not be the best known of Joanne Harris's works, "Chocolat" undoubtedly holds that title, but this novel is a riveting story worthy of praise for its intelligence and ingenuity. Centered around the public (private for those of us in the US) St. Oswald's grammar school for boys where things begin to go terribly wrong - and we are not talking paper airplanes and spit balls disorder, more like school for scandal. As the school, and surrounding town, attempt to come to gri [...]

    24. Where do I start with this review?I've read a number of Joanne Harris' books. Almost all of them.This one blew all of those books out of the water.In my experience with her books, I've come to learn that there is a place in the middle where the plot lags, or the characters irritate me, or something just slows down enough for me to put the book down and pick something else up before going back to it.That point didn't happen in this book. It was fast paced and neat and every character was develope [...]

    25. Excellent. Harris's best. Changing genres, yet keeping her mysterious twists and turns, G & P will hold your interest. The characters are extraordinary,the plot paced just so, the story is superb. It is a clever tour de force. Nothing is as it seems.One of my top 5 books for 2006

    26. I don't know exactly why I bought this book. It looked nice to have a book on my shelves that was normal, with simple people, no magicians, no genius children and so. Well, I have to admit that most of the books I thought they are simple, they are not. And this is an example.The book is telling the story of a young student. It's experiece. The way the school is working. And it's relationships with the people among it. It's family, its friends, its teachers.The book is also telling the story of a [...]

    27. Depois da desastrosa estreia com O Rapaz de Olhos Azuis, Xeque ao Rei revelou-se uma agradável surpresa, talvez por desta vez não ter iniciado o livro com falsas ilusões, nem altas expectativas e por já ter tido contacto com o estilo de escrita de Joanne Harris.Os problemas começam quando St Oswald, um colégio de elite, desperta sentimentos de inadaptação, humilhação, inferioridade e raiva numa criança que se sente irresistivelmente atraída por ele e que se apercebe que nunca será a [...]

    28. A tightly plotted and difficult to put down sort of novel, I read it in a 24 hour period. I think Gentleman and Players has more in common with Blue Eyed Boy than it does with Harris’s earlier work and I wonder if we’re seeing a change of direction. Blackberry Wine, Chocolate, Coastliners and others from earlier in her career were very much tales about (and I think, for) women. Touched with magical realism and otherness, they had a warmth and hopefulness I haven’t registered so much in mor [...]

    29. Fifth book for the readathon.I normally love everything that Joanne Harris writes, but I found this one a bit too predictable, and the characters a bit too much like others. 'Julian' had shades of blueeyedboy, mostly. The whole pattern of the book, too, the steady undermining forces and the final triumph, that's familiar from her other books as well. I don't think I was surprised once.She does evoke the school environment very well, at least to the mind of someone who attended a private school. [...]

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