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Around him an impressionable group of students glamorous Emmanuella who always has a new boyfriend in tow; Franny and Simon best friends and occasional lovers; musician Jess whose calm exterior hides passionate depths And James already damaged by Oxford and looking for a group to belong to For a time they live in ★★✰✰✰ 2 starsThe premise itself was enough to intrigue me A close knit group of friends attending Oxford? Yes please Naomi Alderman's style lends itself well for this it has a 'polish' that evokes notions of privilege However the characters and plot do not convey the good ualities of Alderman's style Throughout there is a sort of entitlement which feels hollow Oxford is not the forefront of the story and it is the annoying attitude of the characters which render this novel so self important rather than the 'exclusive' setting The Lessons lacks the compelling characters of The Secret History the atmosphere of The Likeness and the dramatics of If We Were Villains The focus of the novel isn't as clear cut as I expected For such a short novel I found my interest wavering time and again due to the lack of the story's focus Oxford seems forgotten soon after the first few intriguing chapters and Mark's house also becomes seemingly forgotten Alderman doesn't spend enough time maintaining the background of this novel and the characters are not fleshed out enough as to detract from this I would have been forgiving if I could at least have read about a decent character study but there was no such thing This 'group of friends' was composed of interchangeable characters who were so poorly developed that even the author is aware of it and tries to excuse her poor rendition of them by having the narrator say things like 'so and so is still a mystery to me' and 'no one ever understood what shehe was about' Really? That is a cheap trick Her characters aren't unknowable as they claim to be but rather they simply lack in all fronts They are shallows sketches who do not even appear that often in the novel And I wouldn't have minded as much if at least the two 'main' characters were fully developed But they weren't Their relationship wasuestionable We saw no proof or progress but we are made to believe that the protagonist falls under the influence of this very charismatic character who is anything but interesting They all read like copies of the cast of ahem The Secret History ahem What was the point of it all? Lastly the 'Italian' factor of this novel is complete nonsense At least google real Italian names for Pete's sake

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A charmed world of learning and parties and love affairs But university is no grounding for adult life and when years later tragedy strikes they are entirely unprepared Universal in its themes of ambition desire and betrayal this spellbinding novel reflects the truth that the lessons life teaches often come too la 45 Stars Mimi Cracra, elle est comme ça ! years later tragedy strikes they are entirely unprepared Universal in its themes of ambition desire and betrayal this spellbinding novel reflects the truth that the lessons life teaches often come too la 45 Stars

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Hidden away in an Oxford back street is a crumbling Georgian mansion unknown to any but the few who possess a key to its unassuming front gate Its owner is the mercurial charismatic Mark Winters whose rackety trust fund upbringing has left him as troubled and unpredictable as he is wildly promiscuous Mark gathers This book has a number of trope that I would normally gravitate to a really close knit group of friends academic setting murder mystery and so on however this fell a bit flat for meIf you liked the idea of The Secret History but found it to be too complex then this is probably for you