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.
A model student at an English public school is falsely accused of smoking pot when the boys who dislike him (practically the whole school) sneak some ****** into his room. But another compromising object also happens to be in his possession, and when it's discovered, along with the pot, events follow a comically unexpected path that, after a series of farcical events, ends up avenging him on his tormentors.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Mystery + Crime, General, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Education, Human Qualities + Behavior, Humorous Fiction, Politics
- May 1, 2003
- May 1, 2003
- Stephen Fry