Different Class

Different Class

Book - 2017
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The ambitions of a new headmaster at a prep school reignite old demons for a Latin teacher who remembers the headmaster's involvement in a school scandal decades earlier in which a gay English teacher was prosecuted.
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501155512
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 24 cm


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CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 09, 2017

Roy Straitley is a Latin teacher in a boarding school for boys. He is an anachronism. And the new, forward-thinking headmaster thinks it’s past time for him to retire, and is ready to force the issue.

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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