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Gentlemen and Players

A Joanne Harris, A Novel

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Eccentric Classics teacher Versus Snyde(WARNING : Minor Spolier. I do not get to detailed though.)

  • Jun 8, 2010
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                Hello my name is Sam Sutlive and I found a copy of Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris at the Front Porch Bookstore in Winterville. This novel is set in England. This novel has chapters that are labeled as chess pieces. The story starts out with the King as Roy Straitley and the Pawn as Snyde. Snyde is a child, aged nine who is going to Abbey Road Juniors a school that he believes is inferior to St. Oswald’s Grammar School for Boys. He sees St. Oswald’s as a grand institution that lets boys and girls learn, grow, and expand. Snyde believes that he would fit in with the students of St. Oswald’s. Readers learn that the students and teachers at Abbey Road Juniors bully Snyde. Everyone despises him for turning in his homework on time and being the “awkward duckling”. This book also has someone trying to get revenge for a personal injury.
                To me one of the death incidents was not realistic. It was not how the incident happened but that no one noticed. A man and a dog walk by, the dog barks, and the owner doesn’t see the details. If a city was about to have a big bonfire and gathering and someone was trying to cover up a death that happened right there it seems like someone would notice. When this happened in the book it stood out to me as unrealistic. Overall I thought this book was good. This book has eccentric characters, a school that is set in its traditional teaching ways and is having to change. It seems like the writer Joanne Harris portrayed the feeling of England in the story well.
                I liked the character Roy Straitley. He is sixty-four years old and has been teaching for thirty-three years. He has his favorite chair in the staff room, a school mug for tea, and is very attached to his bell tower room. He lives in a basic house by himself. He really likes all of his “boys” and has pictures of the different senior pictures all over his walls. Gentlemen and Playerskeeps you interested in the character developments and one person’s completion of each goal, which is to get several revenges on St. Oswald’s. There is only one person (one of the professors) that might have a chance in stopping the person that is going to create problems for St. Oswald’s. It is interesting watching this professor trying to remember something that he cannot quite put on his finger. Will he remember in time or will St. Oswald’s be damaged indefinitely?
Regards,
         Sam       

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Hello everyone,   My full name is Samuel Aaron shoemaker Sutlive. I live in the woods and like to read, bike, and take walks.   I am trying to read more nonfiction and about … more
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