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Revenge [Paperback]

Stephen Fry
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Book Description

May 2003
This brilliant recasting of the classic story The Count of Monte Cristo centers on Ned Maddstone, a happy, charismatic, Oxford-bound seventeen-year-old whose rosy future is virtually pre-ordained. Handsome, confident, and talented, newly in love with bright, beautiful Portia, his father an influential MP, Ned leads a charmed life. But privilege makes him an easy target for envy, and in the course of one day Ned’s destiny is forever altered. 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. Ned finds himself a political prisoner in a nightmarish exile that lasts years, until a fellow inmate reawakens Ned’s intellect and resurrects his will to live. The chilling consequences of Ned’s recovery are felt worldwide.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade; Reprint edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812968190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812968194
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Fry is one of Britain's national treasures and his television appearances include 'A Bit Of Fry and Laurie', 'Jeeves and Wooster', 'Blackadder', 'QI' and 'Kingdom'. His film roles include 'Peter's Friends' and 'Wilde'; and in the realm of television, the Emmy-award-winning 'The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive'. As a writer, he best known for his novel The Liar as well as his acclaimed autobiography Moab Is My Washpot, and his is the famous voice of the Harry Potter audio books.

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“[Fry] has once again proven that he is an entertainer of the very first rank.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“It’s an old story...but Fry...has the wit and erudition to make it run like a well-made pocket watch. Be warned: the vengeance promised by the title has an unabashedly nasty flavor that’s distinctly British and quite refreshing.”—Newsweek

“In his first attempt at thriller writing, British actor-novelist Stephen Fry doesn’t stumble at all....Revenge is sweet.” —People

“A brisk thriller...smooth, clever, bittersweet, and dramatically entertaining.” —The Seattle Times

About the Author

Stephen Fry is the author of three previous novels and a memoir. As an actor he has been featured in numerous films, including Gosford Park, A Civil Action, and Wilde, in which he played the title role, and in such popular English TV series as Jeeves and Wooster, Black Adder, and A Bit of Fry and Laurie. He lives in London.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Note: `Revenge' is the same novel as `The Stars' Tennis Balls' re-titled for the American market

You can't go wrong with Fry's novels: his plots are unpredictable, his writing style is witty, intelligent and captivating, and his (dark) humour is ever-present ... what more could you ask for?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stars Tennis Ball's by Another Name 23 April 2003
By Lovborg
...and that's the extent of the review, really.
Perhaps it was dim of me, but as a long-time fan of Mr. Fry's work, I got all hot under the collar at the idea of a new novel from him. In fact, it is a re-titled (for the American market) edition of "The Stars' Tennis Balls": which is good, but not great and you can find heavily reviewed on this site elsewhere. God bless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent revenge novel 1 Sep 2007
As others have noted, this is the same book as 'The Stars' Tennis Balls', so don't buy them both.

This is a touching novel, part old-fashioned revenge fable, part thriller, part psychological drama. Stephen Fry always manages to create characters worth investing in, and here the triumphs and tragedies are particularly keenly felt.
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