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Revenge (aka The Stars’ Tennis Balls)

Revenge aka The Stars Tennis Balls We are merely the stars tennis balls struck and bandied Which way please them The Duchess of Malfi by John WebsterEverything about Stephen Fry s new novel including the title will be a surprise pe

  • Title: Revenge (aka The Stars’ Tennis Balls)
  • Author: Stephen Fry
  • ISBN: 9780812968194
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • We are merely the stars tennis balls, struck and bandied Which way please them The Duchess of Malfi by John WebsterEverything about Stephen Fry s new novel, including the title, will be a surprise, perhaps even a shock The only thing that can be guaranteed is that it will be his next earth movingly funny bestseller And we are still pretty confidently saying i We are merely the stars tennis balls, struck and bandied Which way please them The Duchess of Malfi by John WebsterEverything about Stephen Fry s new novel, including the title, will be a surprise, perhaps even a shock The only thing that can be guaranteed is that it will be his next earth movingly funny bestseller And we are still pretty confidently saying it will not be about earthworm migration patterns in East Devon.This is the story of Ned Maddenstone, a nice young man who is about to find out just what hell it is to be one of the stars tennis balls For Ned, 1978 seems a blissful year handsome, popular, responsible and a fine cricketer, life is progressing smoothly for him, if not effortlessly When he meets Portia Fendeman his personal jigsaw appears complete What if her left wing parents despise his Tory MP father Doesn t that just make them star crossed lovers And surely, in the end, won t the Fendemans be won over by their happiness But, of course, one person s happiness is another s jealous spite And spite is about to change Ned s life forever A promise made to a dying teacher and a vile trick played by fellow pupils rocket Ned from cricket captain to solitary confinement, from head boy to political prisoner Twenty years later, Ned returns to London a very different man from the boy seized outside a Knightsbridge language college A man implacably focused on revenge Revenge is a dish he plans to savour and serve to those who conspired against him, and to those who forgot him.

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    1. Ooo this had so much promise at the beginning. I got so excited when I saw it at the library and got it home. I've enjoyed Fry's other novels so much, and this one started so interesting between the diary and the love letter and then fell into this straight narrative style that not only was conventional, but it seemed that Fry stopped trying. The first two thirds were not bad, but that last act was just awful. I didn't like the protagonist. Never saw any real fire or passion for his revenge, and [...]

    2. My students seem at times to be wholly obsessed with “getting back” at people who have done them wrong. I try to calm them down, to refocus them on positive things, but the truth is: when you want to get revenge you are completely and absolutely immersed in that feeling. You can’t help but fixate on those who have wronged you and those who must now pay the price. It is an obsession, a complete fixation that overwhelms mind, body and soul. That heightened emotional state breeds a greater em [...]

    3. When Alexandre Dumas wrote The Count of Monte Cristo in 1844, he almost certainly did not have thirteen-year-old American boys in mind as his prime audience. But when I first read the classic in the summer of 1963, I knew for certain that I, too, was living the horror of Edmond Dantes life. Dantes, a good and innocent man, was cruelly implicated in treason by three friends who envied Dantes’ pending ship captaincy and marriage to the beautiful Mercedes. Dantes is sent to the notorious Chateau [...]

    4. Stephen Fry's book Stars Tennis Balls (a.k.a "Revenge") was possibly one of the best books i have ever read.The story's incorporation of a similar plot to The Count of Monte Cristo, with its wicked, sophisticated and disturbing themes, made the novel work on an entirely different level.Stephen Fry's ability is unbelievable and after reading this i was taken a peg down. He has this uncanny nack to- through his writing- make you take a look at the characters and their devilish deeds, and say: "Yea [...]

    5. A modern update of the Count of Monte Cristo revenge tale, set in England between 1980 and the present day. A well written thriller, good for a pleasant diversionary read. Starts off with a very compelling set-up, as the main character is betrayed and then sent off into a mysterious exile, lost to his father and the girl he loves. This is the most plausible part of the book, although some fairly outlandish coincedences and connections occur to make the situation as bad as possible for the main c [...]

    6. Es ist ein echter Fry, witzig geschrieben, very British, ohne überflüssige Schnörkel oder Wiederholungen, und schon nach ein paar Seiten ist man drin in der Geschichte, und kommt so schnell nicht mehr raus. Ähnlich wie „The Liar“ und „Making History“ ist die Geschichte ein bisschen (über)konstruiert, zerfällt in zwei symmetrische Teile und hat so ein bisschen was von einer Schullektüre wie „Der Jasager und der Neinsager“.Jetzt aber erst mal ein bisschen spoilen: Ned ist der St [...]

    7. Revenge is a modern re-telling of The Count of Monte Cristo. It is very well done, because Fry manages to take the elements of Dumas’ novel that take the most suspension of disbelief and make them believable in a modern setting. It’s a clever twist on an old story – with updated methods of revenge, and a clever twist on the old characters (With puns! The character of the Count’s finance is changed from Mercedes to Portia – hee!). It’s suspenseful as well, a major feat considering tha [...]

    8. Уже после того, как я купила книгу и продиралась на улицу с переполненной людьми книжной ярмарки, я увидела в аннотации слова: "Этот роман - "Граф Монте-Кристо" поколения брокеров и программистов". И действительно, повествование почти сразу повернуло в знакомое русло: успешн [...]

    9. since the beginning of this project I have projected Stephen Fry as my choice of english author. ah, this book reminded me why I don't read blurbs. I did not realize until 200 pages into the book that I was reading a retelling of the count of monte cristo, yes I realize I should have realized sooner, but I saw the movie once in a theater almost 8 years ago, and the book is very different from the movie (a lot of which I know of and was excited to see which Fry chose to follow). Now that I have r [...]

    10. I need to catch up on my Stephen Fry, I mean aside from my marathon sessions of watching "QI" episodes on youtube (a shout out here to "Nickfromfulham" for posting them all). I read The Liar and The Hippopotamus many years ago, and found them both to be brilliant; I read his memoir, Moab is My Washpot, and was less favorably impressed. This reworked Count of Monte Cristo story falls somewhere in between. Of course the writing is excellent, the erudition is breathtaking, and the humor is insidiou [...]

    11. If we needed a new Count of Monte Cristo, I'm glad it was Stephen Fry who provided it. It's hard to imagine a better re-imagining.

    12. It took me quite a while to get into the story, but having gotten past the first part which reads like an excerpt from Moab, I could not put it down. I had - on purpose - not read any reviews for this book, and am now glad about that as most reviews only make the comparison to The Count of Monte Christo.What about the resonances of other works, though? I couldn't help but also be reminded of Zweig's Chess Story, Duerrenmatt's Physicists, The Bourne Identity, and Pulp Fiction. All in all I was re [...]

    13. I didn't really like The Count of Monte Cristo. It's the plot, the characters, the whole situation - I just don't like it. I liked it a little better when Stephen Fry was writing it, but if Alexandre Dumas couldn't make it work for me, I'm afraid it was a bit of a losing battle. The turn of phrase was excellent, because it always is when Stephen Fry writes, but sorry, Stephen, I didn't really enjoy it all that much.

    14. Я не нудьгував під час прочитання далі перших двох сотень сторінок. Введення ж та представлення персонажів суто Фраєвське: всі мудаки зі своїми мотивами ненавидіти суспільство, але дехто, як завжди, більший мудак. Не знаю, чому видаві так нарочито пишуть про гумористичніст [...]

    15. Ну прямо хорошо, прочитала за сутки. Правда, как по мне, первая часть была изящнее второй, но может ли кто-нибудь из нас укорять Фрая в отсутствии изящества? И можно ли изящно, будучи движимым местью, убивать людей?

    16. What intrigued me about this book is that it was a modern retelling of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo." Well, it was that, but the entire point of the original is Edmund Dantes' machinations of revenge against the people who destroyed his life -- and so it was that Ned Maddstone obtained revenge on his persecutors, who essentially through their own weaknesses and frailties provided him with the fodder through which he carried about their destruction. Altogether, a very well-written [...]

    17. This is a crazy romp of a story. It is Stephen Fry’s rewritten version of The Count of Monte Cristo – plot-wise at least, for which reason it is also published under the title Revenge (in the US), rather less subtle and completely lacking the reference to the line in John Webster’s play The Duchess of Malfi which reads: ‘We are merely the stars’ tennis balls, struck and bandied which way please them’. Fry has admitted that the story is a ‘straight steal, virtually identical in all [...]

    18. I was about ten pages into Revenge when it dawned on me that I had read it before. Another ten pages, and I realised I was reading the re-titled The Star’s Tennis Balls, which I had read when first published in 2000 or so. It was an odd moment of Déjà vu, because I recall having the same feeling a quarter of the way through The Star’s Tennis Balls, which is how long it took for me to realise it was a reworking of The Count of Monte Cristo. Slow, eh?Stephen Fry has, however, enough literary [...]

    19. Ned Maddstone hat das Glück mit goldenen Löffeln gegessen. Er hat gute Noten, ein hübsches Gesicht, einen in der Politik erfolgreichen Vater und eine geistreiche Freundin. Es findet sich ein Trio vermeintlicher Freunde zusammen, die seine hoffnungsvolle Zukunft aus purem Neid zerstören. Ned verschwindet für Jahre spurlos. Doch irgendwann müssen alle Beteiligten die Konsequenzen ihres missgünstigen Verhaltens spüren. Denn Ned hat sich einen perfiden Racheplan ausgedacht, den er ohne Rück [...]

    20. Fair, competent, clever, moderately enjoyable, at some points something of a page-turner, but with a good many distracting implausibilities. Yes, it's a radical revision of the Monte Cristo storyline, so we must grant the novel some latitude in the way of believability, but that does not ameliorate its clunking, forced, improbable plot machinations. As one other reviewer carped, How did he get those removed nails to sink back into their holes -- while he was hidden inside the coffin? And how abo [...]

    21. With its storyline liberally lifted from “The Count of Monte Cristo”, Mr. Fry was astonished that no one picked up on his blatant plagiarism. But he doesn’t merely steal the plotline by Alexandre Dumas pére. He expands on it and gives it a contemporary feel that never detracts from the relentless engine of the plot. With a protagonist who becomes tempered and hardened by his stint in prison, as well as multilingual, rich and mysterious, the stage is set for some twisted payback.In spite o [...]

    22. The first third is great - the characters are so carefully drawn, sympathetic and interesting at the same time they are loathsome. The second third is OK, although I felt like it skipped a couple of steps on the main characters journey. But the last third was pretty disappointing. It felt rushed, it felt too easy. The characters who were complicated and conflicted as young people were simple and single-noted as adults. It almost seemed like the author go bored with them and just wanted to get th [...]

    23. i had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book from the title and the blurbl i knew was that it was written by stephen fry, and i quite like him. and it's a good thing i do. this book was pure fry: the style, the wit, the language. it did start off a bit slow, but it drew you in and really turned into quite a nice little revenge story. i've read a couple of fry's books, and will be on the lookout for more. most will enjoy his books (most certainly anyone who has enjoyed his tv and film w [...]

    24. A ripping yarn based on the Count of Monte Cristo.As with all Stephen Fry works, it is handy to have a thesaurus to hand as I am sure it is damn near impossible to keep up with the lexicon of language at Fry's disposal.The tale, as hinted by in the title, hinges around the scheme of revenge for the main protagonist. It is a bit of a slow starter, but when it kicks in it is hard to put down as Fry has set you up with cliffhanger after cliffhanger forcing you to turn that page and start the next c [...]

    25. I found so many allusions and homages to great works of literature in this book (Brideshead Revisited, The Great Gatsby, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest & some Shakespeare) but I missed the major one from never having read the book. Apparently it was a modern re-telling of The Count of Monte Christo. I've not read anything else by Fry so wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't feel his persona especially stamped on the novel as I had expected to. I enjoyed the story and the change in style and [...]

    26. This served as yet another novel to prove that Stephen Fry is magnificent in many a media form. This time, he (at first unwittingly, according to the afterword) modernizes "The Count of Monte Cristo", and succeeds in creating a fantastic story. As I've yet to read the original Dumas, I cannot attest to any accuracy of the plot, but the afterword minimally informs the reader of the history of the legend about which Dumas was writing; so, at least a few parts are similar.If you read this- and have [...]

    27. I recently read a couple of hard-boiled thrillers which were complex and sustained interest pretty much to the end. Revenge (published in the UK as "The Stars' Tennis Balls") was a more leisurely read, at least for the first two sections. A fortunate, likeable and blameless 17 year old has his life turned on its head. We feel helpless anger at what is happening to him. Fry writes sometimes with an angry contempt of some of the characters and the thriller turns into a morality play. But a thrilli [...]

    28. An f'ing brilliant retelling of the count's tale!When I read it, the name on the jacket was 'The Stars' banded tennis balls' which I liked better, I think 'Revenge is altogether too prosaic and to the point, which is something Fry always tries not to be :)The thing about this book, is that Fry takes the basic framework of the story but paints with his own colors, his characters in hues of blackest infamy and his protagonist wreaking blacker vengeance still - all told with the extremely colorful [...]

    29. Okay, Fry's modern take on the Count of Monte Cristo is as always utterly brilliant. One crucial problem stopped me from truly enjoying this one, though. The main character is straight. As Alan Davies once said on QI, Fry's brain has it's 'blind spots' and heterosexuality is one of them. I cannot truly believe in this protagonist. And Fry's women - while always portrayed as touchingly strong - need to remain minor characters. He is a man's man.Ah, and the American title 'Revenge' is much better. [...]

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