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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Jonathan ist ein einsames Kind. Auch einzelne Lehrer finden, dass er an der exklusiven Schule nichts zu suchen hat; man schreibt das Jahr , und die englische Oberschicht verteidigt unerbittlich ihre Privilegien. Nur allzu o Jonathan ist ein einsames Kind. Richard ist auch ein einsames Kind, doch im Gegensatz zu Jonathan sondert er sich bewusst von den anderen ab.
Richard zeigt Jonathan, wie er sich gegen den Psychoterror der anderen wehren kann. Wie ein Ertrinkender greift Jonathan nach der rettenden Hand.
Er vertraut sich Richard an und beginnt, dessen Spiel mitzuspielen. Doch Richard ist das nicht genug. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Norfolk, England. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Wishing Game. But after every great romantic story, everyone needs to take one's mind off the air and read something emotionally uncomplicated, something like a Stephen King book or, why not, a story by Agatha Christie. The problem comes when an unknown thriller you took from the bookshelf - and you don't know how it got there - it amazes you and you like it much more than a super novel like the one written by the American horror king.
And the funny thing is that you were expecting something very different from the one you're dealing with. The Wishing Game is a mixture of horror and thriller set in the strange period after the Second World War: people tried to return to their routine before the war, just as nations sought their place in the world that had survived Hitler's presence. All this, however, didn't interest the rich and spoiled children of the British upper middle class, locked up in a boarding school lost in the English countryside.
The boys - obviously just boys - spent their time studying, doing their homework, playing rugby and cricket and being beaten up by school bullies, with teachers so dull that they couldn't see their nose. As in every school, there were all kinds of kids: the nerd, the popular, the nice one, the good one in sports and the one always alone and marginalized. Except that in this novel the closed and introverted boy was by his own will: the facade of a good boy hides a dangerous personality, ready to turn against anyone who tries to take possession of something he thinks he belongs to him and whose only feeling he has ever felt is hate.
As adults, they always tell us that hating someone doesn't lead anywhere, but this story is based precisely on the consequences of hatred so deep and well rooted that any intervention would be useless.
In the beginning, the novel may seem boring, especially in the first pages describing the college and its daily routine. As the pages flow, however, the story begins to take on a certain form and the characteristics of each character begin to take shape. It doesn't take long to feel involved and in less than no time you have already reached the last page.
Strange as it may be, the character who most urged me to continue reading was the sociopath on duty, Richard. As for the other characters, I still wonder if even my male classmates were so deficient at 14 as Jonatan and Nicholas are.
Not that there is a specific reason, but I think they are characters used only to better explain the story and nothing more: the first is plagiarized and, when it's too late, it does the right thing at the expense of the lives of five people Mikey, Samuel, Marjorie, Alan and Nicholas , while the latter decides to meddle in something that he should have completely given up and then regretted what happened for the rest of his life, still blaming another person my personal opinion is that most of what happens in the book is caused by two people and not just one.
I had not the faintest idea who Patrick Redmond was, before a few days ago it was a name like others and now it is just a little less, but if I could give him a dispassionate advice it would be to cut the descriptions he made a little it continues to put everywhere: how the college is made and what is meant over time; how a boy approaches the world, physically and mentally; the furnishings and the weather.
Of these pages, I could have cut a hundred or so descriptions. Aug 26, Sheepdog rated it it was amazing Shelves: paranormal. A very dark book There is a paranormal element And even then, you are left "knowing", without having been told very bluntly. Page after page of fairly normal story line of boys and the adults in an English boarding school.
Unhappy boys, true, but this isn't "Oliver Twist". It is just a pretty frank look at the "normal" horrors of being a teenager. Excellent "painting" of the ups and downs of who is A very dark book Excellent "painting" of the ups and downs of who is "in", who is "out", the misunderstandings between adults and kids, etc.
Wonderful story line development. Many strands are in play, many things will interact before the whole tale is told, and all the time you are kept in suspense about how things will turn out.
Not a "fun" read It is not, to my somewhat Gothic tastes over dark. Certainly the dark side is not dealt out in a heavy handed manner.
And there are moments of relief from the darkness. But I think you will come away thankful that it was only a book, not your life that you've been reading about. And at the same time, despite being "only" a book, I think it will leave memories of times and places and experiences that you've "had", thanks to the skill of the writer.
I honestly believe And plenty of kids have bad times in day schools. I wish there were more books about GOOD boarding school experiences When I pulled this from my library's book shelf I really didn't expect much, but what a great surprise this one turned out to be. The story revolves around a group of British boarding school boys but it is not YA. It manages to stay suspenseful through its entirety. I thought the characters were very well created, and that Patrick Redmond did a wonderful job of nailing down adolescent behavior.
This story sucked me in and didn't let go till the very end. View 1 comment. Apr 12, Julia rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in This book was ok. It wasn't bad, not at all, it was in fact very interesting. It's psychological, mystical, it is literally a Stephen King book. But it wasn't really an exciting book, I had a good time reading it, but this won't be one of those books that I will hold on to if you know what I mean.
So please don't put this book off just because I gave it 2 stars, but as the rating system goodreads says "it was ok". Sep 24, Dan rated it it was amazing. My grandmother recommended this book to me many years ago, and it is one of the very few books that I have read through virtually in one sitting - it really was that good.
I still remember a particularly vivid scene near the end of the book where one of the characters looks at her husband and realises that he has lost his mind - truly gripping stuff I hadn't read anything about the book before I started reading it so everything that happened was a total surprise to me. I couldn't put it down. I was just angry with the characters. The story really grabs you and the characters and their relationships to one another are very interesting.
Oct 11, Kylan rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. I wanted to reread this book as the first time I read it I was completely transfixed by the suspense. At that time, I gave 5 stars. And there were chills. Cold, panicked chills. Good re-read. Jun 02, Jonkers Jonkers rated it liked it.
An easy if uncomfortable read at times but overall a really interesting tale of life in a boarding school.
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