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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. At the outset this is late twentieth century rendering of The Count of Monte Cristo If you don t know that story please don t read on any further it will be spoiler ridden and maybe you are from another planetWe all know what happens in The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dant s first mate of the ship Pharaon who has recently been granted the succession of his captain Lecl re is trapped in a false intrigue by a group of people jealous of him for various reasons The deputy crown prosecutor of Marseille finding that his own father is really implicated in the treason sacrifices Dant s to imprisonment without trial in the island prison of Ch teau d If He learns of a fortune on the isle of Monte Cristo from another prisoner there and claims it after making good his escape Returning as a rich man he extracts revenge on all his enemies in exemplary fashionWhat Stephen Fry has done is transport this story to the end of the last century Here the protagonist is Ned Maddstone the handsome and talented son of conservative MP Sir Charles Maddstone He is madly in love with Portia Fendeman who is the daughter of leftist Jews Peter and Hillary who don t approve of the union Portia s cousin Gordon madly in love with her himself also disapproves of it The other people who hate Ned are his classmates Ashley Barson Garland employed as Sir Charles s secretary and the junkie Rufus Cade because they are jealous of his privilegesThey decide to get him busted for drug pushing by planting weed in his overcoat pocket But the prank misfires as Ned is also carrying a missive from the captain of the sailboat he was sailing on during his vacation an instruction to the IRA for planting bombs The secret service man who interrogates him Oliver Delft rightly identifies him as an innocent victim but finds out to his horror that his mother is the intended recipient To protect himself Delft has Ned committed to a lunatic asylum on a Nordic Island which the secret service uses to bury troublesome prisonersOn the island Ned lives a life of uiet despair and is on the verge of losing his sanity when he meets Babe another political prisoner This proves to be turning point in his life With Babe s help Ned becomes a changed person Like the original Count of Monte Cristo he manages to escape and amass a fortune What remains is the triumphant return and revengeStephen Fry has managed the astonishing feat of staying as close to the original as possible while transporting the whole story to the current era When Ned goes to the asylum in 1980 there are still no mobile phones or internet lovers still write letters on paper and post them in envelops USA and USSR are engaged in a cold war which it seems will never end When he comes out in 1999 we are in the midst of the dotcom revolution and communism is a distant memory The changes of the tumultuous two decades are woven seamlessly into the tale The only thing which has not changed it seems is the duplicity of politicians and human greed The author manages to shower trenchant criticism on British society politics and the fruits of the neoliberalist philosophies which ruled the roost in the late nineties and the early twenty first century while not losing the central thread of this gripping revenge taleAn enjoyable read though not a great work of literature Fry s language is a treat though

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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. 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 character The second phase is the most interesting part of the book as the lead character is mentored by a mysterious stranger during his imprisonment Of course he escapes makes his way back to England and exacts his revenge on those who perpretrated the crimes against him as a young man The escape and the subseuent events are the least realistic parts of the book and in some ways most of the drama went out of the story once the main character returned to EnglandIf you are familiar with the details of the Count of Monte Cristo you ll find nearly all of them here in this tale Monte Cristo is one of my favorite old time adventure tales but I will admit that it bogs down in some parts especially towards the end Stephen Fry s update of the story is much shorteryou can breeze through this easily in a few hours And I liked this version better in some ways than Alexandre Dumas s original version For one thing since the story is set in the modern era I can relate much better to the means used to betray the main character and so can almost believe that this sort of thing could take place But that familiarity created by the modern setting works against itself when we come to the endgame because the main character manipulates events far too easily for me to buy into the idea that he could get away with such efforts and not be revealed by the press or his enemies for who he isOne last note about this book that I kind of enjoyed is the depiction of British class and social consciousness The archvillain of the story by that I mean that it is his jealousy is what sets the trail of events in motion is shown at the beginning of the tale to have a fearfully well developed sense of envy of the upper classes and he aspires to join their ranks while at the same time despising much about what he thinks they stand for This was a very interesting section of the book and it comes right at the beginning I am aware that these kind of class resentments exist in English society but they seem like very foreign ideas to me as an American So it was mildly interesting to get a glimpse into the mind of someone who harbors that kind of hatred though I can t be sure how realistic exaggerated or representative this character and his feelings areBottom line a good thriller for someone looking for pleasure reading Recommended to anyone who liked the Count of Monte Cristo

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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. Stephen Fry s book Stars Tennis Balls aka Revenge was possibly one of the best books i have ever readThe 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 levelStephen 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 Yeah I could do thatYou want to be as witty and a dry as one of his protagonists and you to an extent want to have all the vises they have alchoholism heavy smoking and a total disregard to people and their feelingsHowever in the real world i am unable I find i cannot possibly drink as much whisky as they do although i do really rather well i find i cannot possibly go through an two packets of Rothmans in one day and my guilt far outweighs any desire to be abusive and have no reagard to their personSuch is life


10 thoughts on “The Stars' Tennis Balls

  1. says:

    At the outset this is late twentieth century rendering of The Count of Monte Cristo If you don't know that story please don't read on any further it will be spoiler ridden and maybe you are from another planetWe all know w

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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 s

  4. says:

    With The Stars’ Tennis Balls Stephen Fry gives us a kind of modern retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo with a comedic twist and highly entertaining it is tooIf I had one criticism it would be that he occasionally slips

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    Stephen Fry's book Stars Tennis Balls aka Revenge was possibly one of the best books i have ever readThe story's

  7. says:

    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 t

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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 m

  10. says:

    I need to catch up on my Stephen Fry I mean aside from my marathon sessions of watching I 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

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