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This is an auction for SCHOOL'S OUT by Christophe Dufosse.

"Awarded the Prix Premier Roman in France, Dufosse's compelling debut portrays the uneasy divide between adult and adolescent with superb skill. In 1995, 32-year-old Pierre Hoffman, who teaches French in the quiet town of Clerval, far from sophisticated Paris, takes on the history/geography class for his colleague, 25-year-old Eric Capadis, after Capadis jumps to his death while the children of 9F watch enigmatically. Was it suicide or murder? Dufoss, himself a former teacher, sustains a terrifying feeling of dread throughout this grim thriller."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"In this stylish update of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, debut novelist Dufosse substitutes French middle-school classroom 9F for the isolated island setting of Golding's classic work. Substitute teacher Pierre Hoffman must take over the classroom of a teacher who has committed suicide. The students are so eerily well behaved that Hoffman's initial impression is that "they were neither a class, nor a group, but a gang." Then a student who tries to warn Hoffman to turn down the assignment shows up in class bearing facial scars from a knife assault, and Hoffman begins receiving disturbing phone calls. Initial inquiries reveal that the students have been in the same class together since kindergarten, and other teachers at the school are afraid of them. More an existential horror story than a straight thriller, with lots of strange conversations and black humor thrown in for effect, this unusual novel also recalls the work of Michel Houellebecq."
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2006.

328 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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