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Ing girl's swimming team gather at their old boarding school for a reunion and look back to the long dry weeks leading to Fiamma's disappearance As teenage memories and emotions resurface the wome. I d never heard of the author or the book but I saw a reference to it in a comment on Dare Me and discovered the library at the U had a copy so took a few hours off from Jojo Moyes to read it As my rating indicates I thought it a pretty good but not great school story Exept for Miss G the swim coach the characters were not clearly drawn and there were too many to follow in such a short book The victim Fiamma never became real enough to care about what happened to her Miss G seemed largely made up of bits and pieces of Jean BrodieSetting was excellent a girls boarding school in South Africa in the days of the white Nationalist govenment It s difficult to identify even the decade in whih the story takes place South Africa in those days was trapped in a kind of cultural time warp and some of the references eg Brigitte Bardot dated from as long ago as the 50s But I d guess late 60s or early 70sAs I understood it a crack is a crush or a pash Miss G such a bad one for the new Italian girl on the swim team that the whole team plunge okay it s a swim team I couldn t resist into a losing streak I didn t really believe that and the girls want her to be nice to Miss G so they can regain their form It wasn t clear just how far she was supposed to go The girls jealousy school stories almost always feature jealousy leads to victimisation and rough housing that gots very out of hand If you ve read Alex Marwood s The Wicked Girls you know what could have happened to the girls if a nasty prosecutor got on their caseI can stil remember us discussing Keats The Eve of St Agnes in English class at my school so long ago and how we were to distinguish between sensuous which is okay and something literature was supposed to be and sensual which was er not all right we were supposed to be Catholics Still I was surprised that that trying to act out Keats poem could turn schoolgirls into a bunch of Maenads straight out of Euripides Dionysus being present in the form of fermented pineapple juice UghFor such a short book Cracks unfolds very slowly I m probably over rating it by one star but I was grateful to add it to my school stores shelf Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries up of bits and pieces of Jean BrodieSetting was excellent a girls boarding school in South Africa in the days of the white Nationalist govenment It s difficult to identify even the decade in whih the story takes place South Africa in those days was trapped in a kind of cultural time warp and some of the references eg Brigitte Bardot dated from as long ago as the 50s But I d guess late 60s or early 70sAs I Engendering Song understood it a crack is a crush or a pash Miss G such a bad one for the new Italian girl on the swim team that the whole team plunge okay it s a swim team I couldn t resist into a losing streak I didn t really believe that and the girls want her to be nice to Miss G so they can regain their form It wasn t clear just how far she was supposed to go The girls jealousy school stories almost always feature jealousy leads to victimisation and rough housing that gots very out of hand If you ve read Alex Marwood s The Wicked Girls you know what could have happened to the girls if a nasty prosecutor got on their caseI can stil remember Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide us discussing Keats The Eve of St Agnes in English class at my school so long ago and how we were to distinguish between sensuous which is okay and something literature was supposed to be and sensual which was er not all right we were supposed to be Catholics Still I was surprised that that trying to act out Keats poem could turn schoolgirls into a bunch of Maenads straight out of Euripides Dionysus being present in the form of fermented pineapple juice UghFor such a short book Cracks The White Nights of Ramadan unfolds very slowly I m probably over rating it by one star but I was grateful to add it to my school stores shelf

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Cracks By Sheila Kohler

Now a major motion picture starring Eva Green and directed by Jordan ScottA beautiful schoolgirl mysteriously disappears into the South African veld Forty years later thirteen members of the miss. I knew what I was getting into with this one I really didLike most people who have reviewed this book I decided to seek this out because I had just watched the movie version and wanted to know how the two compared Going into this book I knew that the movie had taken several huge steps away from Kohler s original story and based on that knowledge I was pretty sure I wouldn t love the book as much as I loved the movie And I was positive that the book version of Miss G couldn t come close to Eva Green s charismatic psychotic portrayal But Psychotic Schoolgirls Who Maybe Murdered Somebody is one of my favorite literary genres so in I plunged And wow I knew the book and the movie were different I just wasn t prepared for how different Cracks the movie takes place in England in the 1930 s with a diving team that consists of only six girls Fiamma the wealthy and beautiful new student is from Spain and has a tragic scandalous past Cracks the book takes place in South Africa and alternates between two time periods flashbacks to when the girls were attending school in the 1960 s and twenty ish years later when they ve returned to the school for a sort of reunion The swimming team has twelve members which means twice as many characters to keep track of and conseuently none of them get fleshed out properly and Fiamma is Italian and her character is much harder to pin down and define It s interesting because although the movie drastically changed the big aspects of the story setting time period character outlines it kept a surprising amount of small details that appear in Kohler s book Comparing the two stories is an interesting study in the art of adaptation and I could easily write an entire review about just that but I digressKohler s book as I said takes place primarily in a girls boarding school in South Africa in the 1960 s those looking for discussions about the political situation in South Africa will be disappointed the social and racial issues are only hinted at and never addressed directly The core group of characters are the twelve members of the school swimming team who get a new member in Fiamma Coronna Fiamma is an Italian aristocrat and everyone is immediately fascinated by her especially Miss G the swimming teacher whose fascination with Fiamma turns to obsession as the other girls become increasingly jealous Sometime during that year Fiamma disappeared in the countryside around the school and the book unravels the mystery of what happened to her and why interspersed with scenes of the girls returning to the school as middle aged women I dunno maybe I would have been engrossed by the story if I hadn t known what happened to Fiamma already thanks to the movie but those who have seen the movie will still be surprised the circumstances of Fiamma s death differ greatly in the book Because I wasn t busy trying to figure out how Fiamma disappeared I was able to focus on other aspects of the story And some of the narrative choices Kohler made areinteresting The book is narrated by an omnipresent we which I think was a good choice Instead of focusing on a single main character Kohler makes the girls into one single group entity which both reinforces the terrifying groupthink of the girls and emphasizes how they are all collectively responsible for what happened to Fiamma There is no I or she to pin the tragedy on everyone is guilty That was good less good is the fact that one of the girls is named Sheila Kohler Who grows up to be a writer I have no idea what to make of this On the one hand it s an incredibly brave move to put yourself in a story like this and to tie yourself so directly to the horrors committed in this book On the other hand it s weird because Sheila Kohler is not the narrator of the book the narrator is the mysterious we so we re seeing her actions as we see all the girls actions from a removed distance Is this Kohler s way of keeping herself at a safe distance from the events she recounts And most importantly is Kohler doing the Tim O Brien thing where she makes herself a character in a fictional story to make it real for the reader or does this book mean that Sheila Kohler once view spoilerparticipated in the rape and murder of a classmate when she was fourteen hide spoiler

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N relive the horror of a long buried secret A stunning and singular tale of the passion and tribalism of adolescence Cracks lays bare the violence that lurks in the heart of even the most innocent. 15 stars Cracks is one of those dream like books that makes the reader walk around in a daze If crafted correctly such books can be amazing reading experiences but unfortunately Cracks fell short The writing with all the repeated phrases was hazy though this perhaps enhanced the mood of the story The way in which the book was framed as a memory being shared by the characters many years later didn t add to the story I did enjoy the setting and the evocative descriptions However I uestioned the plausibility of why parents would send their daughters to a remote isolated boarding school in South Africa and other such incredulities Since I had seen the movie first the ending lost its punch for me and didn t disturb me in the intended way As most other reviews have said the movie version of Cracks is finely tuned and actually tells the story in a striking manner than the book


10 thoughts on “Cracks By Sheila Kohler

  1. says:

    I knew what I was getting into with this one I really didLike most people who have reviewed this book I decided to seek this out because I had just watched the movie version and wanted to know how the two compare

  2. says:

    Cracks is one of five books I picked up at a charity bookshop shortly before lockdown began It isn't a book I was looking for – I hadn't heard of it or the author before Based on the blurb plus a scan of the first few pages it struck me as something like Picnic at Hanging Rock the hothouse atmosphere of an all girls school; an unexplained disappearance meets The Virgin Suicides first person plural narration

  3. says:

    This is hands down among the worst books I have ever read I have no idea what other people see in it My gripes are many but I'll try to limit them to things that people might find useful1 The narrative style it's written in first person plural which means the voice is always a we with no concrete sense of whom that includes This makes is extremely difficult to conjure any sympathy for the narrator which I imagine the reader sho

  4. says:

    I saw the film “Cracks” and out of curiosity decided to read the book and found it to be deviated from the movie than expected As in the above description the setting is in South Africa and Fiamma is an Italian girl from an aristocratic family As a teenager she enrolls in an isolated school with other girls her age but has little in common with them and with the aid of a favored but abusive teacher the situation deg

  5. says:

    Beautifully written incredibly scary and mesmerizing

  6. says:

    I'd never heard of the author or the book but I saw a reference to it in a comment on Dare Me and discovered the library at the U had a copy so took a few hours off from Jojo Moyes to read it As my rating indicates I thought it a pretty good but not great school story Exept for Miss G the swim coach the characters were not clearly drawn and there were too many to follow in such a short book The victim Fiamma never became real enough to car

  7. says:

    I watched the movie before reading the book They are uite different but not in a bad wayFirst of all the setting is different The movie takes place in GB filming took place in Ireland and the book is set in South AfricaSome characters have different names Rosie Poppy etc in the movie but it doesn't change the ac

  8. says:

    I read about this one in Vanity Fair It is being made into a movie starring Eva Green the sexy French woman fro

  9. says:

    15 stars Cracks is one of those dream like books that makes the reader walk around in a daze If crafted correctly such books can be amazing reading experiences but unfortunately Cracks fell short The writing with all the repeated phrases was hazy though this perhaps enhanced the mood of the story The way in whi

  10. says:

    Hmm this was good but odd Cracks is the tale of a group of young teenage girls at a South African boarding school back in the 60's The weather is hot and dry the school is isolated and the girls don't have much in the way of strict supervision The South African scenery was well described and I could absolutely feel the brutal summer heat radi

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