Different Class

Different Class

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"From the New York Times bestselling author of Chocolat comes a dark, suspenseful tale in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith about a sociopathic young outcast at an antiquated prep school and the curmudgeonly Latin teacher who uncovers his dangerous secret. After thirty years at St. Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, England, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its own clowns, rebels, and underdogs--all who hold a special place in the old teacher's heart. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't quite fit the mold. A troublemaker. A boy with darkness inside. With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new headmaster arrives at the venerable school, bringing with him new technology, sharp suits, and even girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist these steps toward the future, a shadow from his past begins to stir again. A boy who still haunts Straitley's dreams twenty years later. A boy capable of terrible things"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781501155512
1501155512
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARRIS 2017
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 24 cm

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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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