Revenge: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, May 13, 2003 - Fiction - 336 pages
15 Reviews
A distinct departure from his popular comic novels, this haunting, provocative tale of wrongful imprisonment and violent retribution is Stephen Fry’s first thriller. A brilliant recasting of the classic story The Count of Monte Cristo, Revenge crackles with the wit and intelligence readers have come to expect from this hugely talented author, actor, and comedian, yet it reveals an intriguingly deep, much darker side of his imagination.
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.
While Revenge breaks new ground with its taut plotting, exhilarating pace, and underlying air of menace, its sophistication and irreverent humor are vintage Fry—a gloriously rich mix that only he could deliver. His first novel in four years is a dramatic, powerful tour de force that is sure to enlarge the American audience for this singularly talented author’s work.


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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

This is basically an updated version of The Count of Monte Cristo, a book which I love. It's funny, I am perfectly happy to cheer on Dantes's revenge in that book, but when it's translated to modern ... Read full review

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User Review  - clq - LibraryThing

I'm finding it hard to pin down this book. It seems like it is trying to be quite a few things, and while it doesn't directly fail at being any of them, it struggles in getting there with all of them ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
21
Section 3
27
Section 4
35
Section 5
40
Section 6
50
Section 7
52
Section 8
59
Section 22
155
Section 23
171
Section 24
184
Section 25
186
Section 26
209
Section 27
214
Section 28
220
Section 29
228

Section 9
66
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
107
Section 16
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Section 17
119
Section 18
128
Section 19
131
Section 20
135
Section 21
149
Section 30
232
Section 31
238
Section 32
245
Section 33
261
Section 34
262
Section 35
270
Section 36
275
Section 37
277
Section 38
284
Section 39
293
Section 40
295
Section 41
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About the author (2003)

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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