The Tennis Stars’ Balls Stephen Fry

I was a bit reluctant to pick up a Stephen Fry novel. Not sure why, he is witty and intelligent and an insatiable desire to acquire knowledge. But perhaps he is a bit up himself.
All these attributes come out in this novel. It starts off really, really well. Intriguing. Then we work out it is the Count of Monte Christo set in the 80’s. This was a bit disappointing as it had seemed we were onto something quite original. In the retelling, Fry is witty and can’t help showing off his substantial knowledge. But we need to accept some pretty big co-incidences and at times the book feels overwritten. Nothing wrong with his characters and the plot does move along.
The comedy disappears towards the end as the revenge part kicks in. The main character who was presented as very likable turns more than a bit nasty.
Good read for a Sunday arvo after your weeds have been controlled.

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