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Free download The Stars' Tennis Balls Free download The Stars' Tennis Balls é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free characters ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Stephen Fry We are merely the stars' tennis balls struck and bandiedWhich 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 DevonThis is the story of Ned Maddenstone a nice young man who is about to find out ju. 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 the actual set ups were so hacky and contrived I know Fry is a big supporter of Free speech who isn t but the whole internet thing was just poor I guess I was expecting a complete recontextualizing of the Count of Monte Cristo instead I just got a modern version that replaced hand delivered notes with e mail I ll take the Napoleonic version any time

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Free download The Stars' Tennis Balls Free download The Stars' Tennis Balls é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free characters ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Stephen Fry Ealous 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 h. 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 that I not only knew the ending but had just read the original a month agoWhile the book does an excellent job in making the story plausible than Dumas version the modern retelling also highlights the central problem with the book That is that while revenge is satisfying to read about it is not a particularly healthy way to live one s life or the best way to solve problems While Dumas unreservedly encourages the reader to root for the Count s plan Fry s tale is much morally ambiguous His Count here named Ned has everything a man could want riches smarts and fame Is what happened to him early on that bad that he should ruin these lesser mens lives Particularly since his early experience is what led him to have these great things Fry stacks the deck a bit toward ambiguity in his story three of the four men upon whom revenge is sought were not really seeking to ruin Ned s life just to humiliate him a bit and it all went miserably wrong In the Dumas original all the men were seriously trying to ruin Dantes so it was satisfying when they were destroyed Here Fry presses harder on the uestion of whether Ned s cause is a worthy one Leaving the reader with a clever action packed book that asks some serious uestions about life What could you wantOn a side note Fry a British author is probably best known as an actor He s been in many many movies and is probably best known in America at least as Jeeves in the most recent adaptations of Wodehouse novels which are absolutely awesome I ve read two of his other books which while strictly comedic are fun too

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Free download The Stars' Tennis Balls Free download The Stars' Tennis Balls é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free characters ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Stephen Fry St 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 j. 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 d If by Villefort when the prosecutor discovers that a letter Dantes was carrying was to be delivered to Villefort s father a secret Bonapartist My own predicament was only slightly less dire than that of Dantes I was being cruelly imprisoned for the summer in the home of my aunt great aunt and grandmother deep in the hinterlands and five hundred miles from my friends who were experiencing the joy of the beach and girls in bikinis every single day I empathized with Dantes even if I secretly knew that I would be freed at the end of August in time for the new school yearDecades later I had passed the phase of devouring 19th Century classics My tastes ran to things like say the BBC s Jeeves and Wooster The writing was inspired the humor classic Alexandre Dumas Old school Very old school Then last year while browsing my local library s book sale I picked up a copy of Stephen Fry s 2000 novel Revenge I was vaguely aware that Fry best known in America for films such as Peter s Friends and Gosford Park was also a writer but I had never read any of his works When I picked up Revenge last week and started reading the book it took me about sixty pages to realize that I was immersed in The Count of Monte Cristo The story line has been updated the action begins in 1980 rather than 1813 Ned Maddstone is seventeen Oxford bound head boy at his private school and head over heels in love with Portia whom he met at a Hard Rock Caf in London But his very success makes other around him envious and they set out to put an obstacle in his charmed life by planting drugs on him and alerting the police When Maddstone is arrested though something else is found a letter containing a list of names of prominent Britons together with a code phrase used by the IRA to authenticate its actions prior to acts of terror Just as the letter being carried by Dantes was entrusted to him by his dying captain together with the letter s whispered addressee so Maddstone has no idea of the contents of the letter he has been given by the dying Irish captain of a boat on which he had been crewing When Maddstone divulges the name and address of the intended recipient of the letter to the detective uestioning him wheels are set in motion to get rid of Maddstone in such a way that he will never be heard from again Yep same bookThe rest of the story of meticulously plotted revenge updates Dumas with late twentieth century trappings The role of Abbe Faria the Italian priest and intellectual imprisoned for his political views is played by Babe a one time British intelligence agent who secreted away a fortune in MI 5 funds before being found out Instead of a treasure cache on the island of Monte Cristo the loot is in a Swiss Bank There are some very clever bits that underscore Maddstone s fifteen years in captivity he arrives in the world of 1995 never having seen a cell phone or a personal computer and the internet is beyond his comprehension But none of this detracts from the awful reality that Ned Maddstone was deprived of his life He is now fabulously wealthy and knows who set him up for the horror he has endured He sets out to exact that retributionFry departs from Dumas s story only at the end I m still pondering if it is better ending or simply one with a modern sensibility Perhaps it is something in Fry s character that he chose the denoument that he did All this is my way of saying that this is a good book Yes it is than a decade old probably sold poorly in America and is likely out of print But I note it is available in a Kindle edition I read it in two days and thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Hardcover
  • 388
  • The Stars' Tennis Balls
  • Stephen Fry
  • English
  • 14 July 2018
  • 9780091801519