Revenge: A Novel

Revenge: A Novel

4.6 10
by Stephen Fry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812968190

ISBN-13: 2900812968193

Pub. Date: 05/13/2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Ned Maddstone is a happy, charismatic Oxford-bound seventeen-year-old whose rosy future is virtually preordained. Handsome, confident, and talented, newly in love with bright, beautiful Portia, his father an influential MP, Ned enjoys an existence of boundless opportunity. But privilege makes him an easy target for envy, and in the course of one day Ned's charmed life…  See more details below

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Ned Maddstone is a happy, charismatic Oxford-bound seventeen-year-old whose rosy future is virtually preordained. Handsome, confident, and talented, newly in love with bright, beautiful Portia, his father an influential MP, Ned enjoys an existence of boundless opportunity. But privilege makes him an easy target for envy, and in the course of one day Ned's charmed life is changed forever. A promise made to a dying teacher combined with a prank devised by a jealous classmate mutates bewilderingly into a case of mistaken arrest and incarceration. Drugged and disoriented, Ned finds himself a political prisoner in a nightmarish, harrowing exile, far from home and lost to those he loves. Years pass before an apparently mad, obviously brilliant fellow inmate reawakens the younger man's intellect and resurrects his will to live. The chilling consequences of Ned's recovery are felt worldwide.

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ISBN-13:
2900812968193
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/13/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336

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Revenge 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a cotemporary retelling of the classic The Count of Monte Cristo (and the author makes a sly reference to the original during the telling of the story). The old warhorse of a tale still makes for great reading....who can resist the idea of exacting the perfect revenge for a dreadful betrayal with its awful aftermath? Here the young hero becomes an upper-class Englishman, the prison fortress an insane asylum, the buried treasure a numbered bank account, and so on. A major difference is that (if memory serves me correctly), at the end of the original tale the hero was still likable and had hopes of redemption for his vengeful acts....not the case here. But it's Mr. Fry's story to recreate as he likes, and he does a bang-up job. Warning to the faint of heart: some of the violence is graphic and disturbing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First let me say this: Stephen Fry is a great writer. It's what he does best. His work tends to have a light-heartedness about it that can make murderous treachery seem downright whimsical. Here, though, Fry and makes a departure from his early works, and dishes up a tale of outright barbarism, with very few of those clever jokes that make one want to keep reading. "Revenge" is the worse for it, too. Fry's retelling of "The Count of Monte Cristo" is, in this writer's opinion, far bleaker than its predecessor even pretended to be. It's almost as if Fry is bitter about something and has decided to take it out on his poor novel. Revenge is supposed to be fun, satisfying even. Revenge fantasies are supposed exhilirate us. Here, though, the impact is far different. We find ourselves unsatisfied by the story's resolution, and maybe even hating the protaganist far more than we do his enemies. His inability to forgive a childish prank is downright disturbing. Mr. Fry, Revenge is supposed to served cold, not frozen. In some cases, the vengeance meted out is far in excess of the original cruelty, and leaves us wondering about our own limits, our own inabilities to forgive. Granted, those questions are worthy of our consideration, but there is no escaping the fact that Fry's book is a kind of sieve, and when we close for it the last time we are definitely drained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure awsomness
Rachel Anderson More than 1 year ago
Count of monte cristo with british schoolboys. Its funny, thrilling, and full of all things 90s and 2000s. Which makes it all the more remarkable how true it stays to the classic it pays homage to.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually, I really liked this book. Modern version of Count of Monte Cristo, very cool. Almost every part of it was great. Tense and dramatic and Simon's revenge was 'thoroughly thought through'. But I think that Fry copped out at the ending though (the last few pages). His ending was pretty weak, and I didn't really care for it because it took away from what Ned had grown into. Fry should have been more daring in the last few pages. Other than that, Revenge is a good, solid novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A glimmering light flashed through the trees. The entergetic and young medicine cats spirit flickered into shape. The gash had dissapeared and she had made it to starclan. The flickering flash of the medicine cat dissapeared in a shower of sparks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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