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A schoolgirl disappears into the South African veldt. Forty years later, 13 members of the missing girl's swimming team gather at their old boarding school for a reunion, and look back to the weeks leading up to her disappearance. Soon, however, the women start to relive a long-buried secret.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 145 x 207mm | 379g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747551944
  • 9780747551942

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From the brooding sense of impending revelation at a reunion at a girls' boarding school in the steamy South African veldt, Kohler builds a novella of eroticism around the swimming team selected by a nonconformist teacher. She preaches to her adolescent pupils the letting go of inhibitions and loans them DH Lawrence to read. More sinister and sexual than The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, yet comparable for the insinuations built into its writing style, Cracks is memorable for its finesse and audacity. The injudicious foreplay of teacher favouritism in the hothouse of teenage jealousies bears malignant fruit. Not surprisingly, film rights have been sold.
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645 ratings
3.41 out of 5 stars
5 18% (115)
4 32% (207)
3 28% (181)
2 17% (112)
1 5% (30)
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