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The Furies: A Novel – tekijä: Natalie…
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The Furies: A Novel (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Natalie Haynes (Tekijä)

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"After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as "The Unit," a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on and drowning in grief. Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury?" --… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:stephanieloves
Teoksen nimi:The Furies: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Natalie Haynes (Tekijä)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2014), Edition: Reprint, 305 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):***
Avainsanoja:suspense, thriller, psychological thriller, mystery, Greek tragedy, tragedy, grief, death, murder, troubled youth, troubled teenagers

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The Amber Fury (tekijä: Natalie Haynes)

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Page turning enough - I stayed up late to finish it ... but was then somewhat underwhelmed as well as tired.

Concerns the education, through the medium of Greek tragedy, by a young former theatrical director-turned-drama-teacher/therapist, at an Edinburgh 'Unit' of a group of children excluded from mainstream schools. Parallel themes (fate, revenge) rather than events (nobody marries his mother here).

The characters are economically drawn, the learning worn lightly, the enigmas deftly revealed. I just wanted it to add up to more, not less than the sum of its parts. ( )
  jtck121166 | Jun 9, 2020 |
From the very first page, The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes promises the reader that something dreadful happened, and from there on readers will be turning the pages to find out exactly what had happened. With a suspenseful narrative, where the past and present are interwoven carefully together, Haynes gives readers the opportunity to enjoy a riveting tale that will keep them glued to their seats for the duration of the novel.

It took me a while to actually get to the book (overworked, underpaid, usual human nonsense that gets in the way of getting a book read), but I must say that when I finally had the opportunity to sit down and read The Amber Fury that I was swept away by the beautiful prose and exciting plot. The character development is also quite marvelous, not to mention that they aren't stereotypical characters, which is always a plus for reviewers.
What I particularly enjoyed was how carefully Haynes had used mythology to develop the story. The mythology is accurate, not overused like some authors tend to do, but most of all, it compliments the plot.

All in all, it's a really good book and I'm sorry I waited so long to get to it. Readers who are in the mood for a suspenseful thriller will want to get their hands on The Amber Fury, and I must admit that I'll be keeping my eye open for more of Natalie Haynes' future works.

(review originally posted on www.killeraphrodite.com) ( )
  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
Page turning enough - I stayed up late to finish it ... but was then somewhat underwhelmed as well as tired.

Concerns the education, through the medium of Greek tragedy, by a young former theatrical director-turned-drama-teacher/therapist, at an Edinburgh 'Unit' of a group of children excluded from mainstream schools. Parallel themes (fate, revenge) rather than events (nobody marries his mother here).

The characters are economically drawn, the learning worn lightly, the enigmas deftly revealed. I just wanted it to add up to more, not less than the sum of its parts. ( )
  jtck121166 | Feb 5, 2018 |
I've always thought I would hate being a teacher, and then along comes this book that reminds me all over again why that is. Set in a pupil referral unit in Edinburgh, it's the story of Alex, recently bereaved in shocking circumstances, turning her hand to teaching in the most testing of environments, having had a previous career in theatre.

I loved the depiction of the children in the unit - they come to life on the page with their truculence and belligerence - typical teenagers with added menace. Alex was more tricky to get my head round - OK so she initially struggles to control the class, but she is depicted as an utter mess physically and emotionally and yet she gets to grips with them and even ends up being offered the headship. I mean - what was that all about? I was expecting that development to be significant in some way, in terms of the way the plot developed, but as far as I can see it wasn't. It was a book that had me gripped and yet I was expecting twists that weren't there. It was surprisingly straightforward, such that as I turned the last page I felt almost cheated.

That said, it was a book that exerted a gravitational pull - always a pleasure to settle down with , and I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it in terms of its setting and theme. And what a talented writer - the prose was always spot on with its moments of humour (the bit about the lawyer and his "inner bunny" and the comment that "I never understand why people make jokes about the food on trains being bad. They have three flavours of crisps on that train"). Not only that, I'll feel an awful lot more confident on quiz questions about Greek tragedies in future - bring them on. ( )
  jayne_charles | Jan 19, 2018 |
One of my friends from university days is now an established journalist, and her most frequent advice to aspiring cub reporters is not to ‘bury the lead’, as many readers have a relatively short attention span. One should, she insists, instead pitch your key message as near the start of the piece as possible. As someone who spends his days drafting replies to correspondence received by government ministers, I often find myself relying upon that waning attention span. Still, out of respect for her, I am happy to try it her way. Here goes …

I have read well over four thousand books since I started listing them, back in January 1980, and this book would certainly rank in the top twenty or thirty. It is, quite simply, marvellous, with an alluring combination of powerful and utterly credible characters, watertight plotting, and a story that manages to encompass the full palette of emotions while simultaneously rendering an unobtrusive but enlightening course in classical Greek tragedy.

I first encountered Natalie Haynes through her engaging programmes on BBC Radio 4, in which she discusses classical literature and displays its enduring relevance, and the prism of understanding it can cast on modern life. Having been won over immediately by her radio performances, I was delighted to find that she had written a few novels, and by chance lighted upon this one as my starting point.

Another of my all time favourite novels is Donna Tartt’s debut, The Secret History, and I found myself recalling iit often as I read The Amber Fury. Donna Tartt’s novel famously recounts the experiences of a group of students at an exclusive, private college in America as they study the Greek classics and find themselves drawn ever deeper into the ancient world, seeking arcane enlightenment through Bacchanalian excess. Natalie Haynes’s novel is set in a pupil referral unit in Edinburgh, where a group of fifteen-year –old pupils who have been expelled from their mainstream schools for a variety of instances of extreme behavioural problems are brought together for a final chance to gain some sort of education. As the novel opens they are met by Alex Morris, a new teacher who wants to engage them in the study of drama.

Alex has her own problems being distraught with grief at the loss of her partner Luke. Following his death she has fled her former life in London, returning to Edinburgh where she had studied drama s an undergraduate. Her early encounters with her new pupils are difficult, and their challenging behaviour, which frequently morphs into outright hostility, almost drives her to give up. She does, however, persevere, and through her odd mix of patience and empathy, she manages to hook their interest, even to the extent of considering some classical Greek plays. These pupils have, after all, been acknowledged by their respective previous schools as being highly intelligent, though their behavioural issues have prevented them achieving academic progress to date.

One of the first things that Alex asks them to do is to keep journals. She doesn’t ask to read them, but explains that the discipline will help them understand their changing responses to the plays that they study. As the story progresses, we start to read one of the journals, from which we see that one of the pupils has developed a fascination with Alex.

Haynes manages the development of the story admirably, keeping the reader hooked, intrigued to discover exactly what had happened to Luke to drive Alex to such extravagant excesses of grief. Natalie Haynes obviously loves the Greek tragedies, and is clearly highly knowledgeable about them. She happily shares her erudition without ever seeming to preach to the reader. It is, for example, completely plausible that the unruly pupils should become so enamoured of Ales as a teacher. I felt a bit that way myself!

To say that this is my favourite book so far this year is rather meaningless so early in January, but I shall be very surprised (and extremely fortunate), if I am not still citing this as one of my favourite books of the year when we get around to the end of December. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jan 10, 2018 |
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"After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as "The Unit," a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on and drowning in grief. Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury?" --

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