It was translated from the French into British English, and Americans have to do the second translation mentally, which, in addition to the loads of unfamiliar cultural and political and philosophical references, makes it a tough read for such an unassuming little book.The story ppppllllooodddssss along By the end, I just kept hoping that the kids would put him out of his existential French misery As several other reviewers have pointed out, the author spends a lot of time on character studies of peripheral characters such as faculty spouses and parents of victims, but only sketches the adolescents in quick, broad strokes On a positive note, the author has a different very different voice then one might encounter in most American and British novels, and some uniques turns of phase amused and startled But not enough to recommend plowing through this long, dreary, rainy tale. I can t believe I even finished this book Saying that this was one of the most mind numbingly tedious books I have ever readwould be an understatement The plot, if you can call it that, supposedly revolved around a high school teacher in France who was taking over a class after their assigned teacher committed suicide by jumping out of his class window Except, the plot is featured on maybe twenty pages of this 300 page book The rest of the book features the narrator going off on pages and sometimes chapters long tangents about absolutely nothing of interest to the reader.I really would not recommend this book to anyone. I came across this book at the library a while ago and thought why notHence, I borrowed it and started to read it At first, I wasn t impressed at all I found the reviews saying it was a thrilling read bla, bla, bla were a bit exaggerated The author seemed to have some kind of megalomania going on with a lot of difficult words in like every sentence Interestingly enough, I continued reading The plot was at the point quite boring and the book was being a really slow read It was actually just standing in my bookshelf for a while, nothing made me want to read it until I just decided to get rid of it That s when it started getting better Suddenly, some interesting characters were introduced and the mystery which the book evolves around was starting to become a real mystery Earlier it had just seemed like a teacher s obsession Hmm, maybe I should talk about what the book is about Let s do that 30 ish year old teacher Pierre Hoffman takes over a school class after the mentor died in what looks like a suicide The class has a strange way of acting and Pierre realises something has got to be wrong with the class He comes up with the conclusion that the class murdered their old teacher and it developes into his own little detective s show Throughout all this he has some philosophical moments where he ponders everything that he can come up with When he is not pondering och doing detective s work, he is observing people s behaviour and making assumptions about them which are almost always spot on.Well, well Let s get to the reviewing stuff I was a bit annoyed by the Hey Let s put all kinds of pro words into this book so that I look really smart mentality The funny thing was that it reflected in both the author s style and in the main character Coincidence All in all, I give it a three To give it a two would be too hard as it was than OK but it wasn t good enough to deserve a I really liked it I disliked it becouse of the excrutiatingly slow pace and the lack of a good plot but liked it because of the unique style and all the things that go around the plot, the backgrounds, descritions and thoughts about I don t know what If you have some patience, read this book It s not a masterpiece, far from it, but it s worth a try. A perennial topic in my tutoring sessions with non native speakers is why there are so few books translated from other languages into English, relatively speaking More specifically, books by native English speaking authors are likely to top the bestseller list or show up on Oprah After reading School s Out I would have to say the answer to that question may lie in the milieu of cultural miscues that one encounters when trying to understand the French psyche Perhaps that s why I didn t connect with this book Or maybe if I were French and reading it in French I still wouldn t like it A perennial question that may have no answer.Wow, this book was bad The narrator, a schoolteacher, rambled on and on about nothing There were ominous signs of malfeasance repeated phone calls with no one on the other end, copping a feel of his sister s breast, a mysterious video tape that led to absolutely nothing Added to that, the writing, or perhaps the translation, seemed only intended as a practice in self aggrandizing The author used a slew of GRE words, and he unfortunately used them repeatedly Everyone in the book, it seemed, at some point expressed rancor.The main problem with this book, however, is that Dufosse offers wonderfully descriptive passages, the kind that would translate well out of context in a review of the book But between these passages are vast another overused word in the novel stretches of disconnectedness I never understood who the characters are and what defines them and why I should care about the novel s denouement. I happened to check out the reader reviews of this book and 90% of the readers hated the book But I had a lot of fun reading it When I think of the reviewers on I think what is wrong with those people Sure, It is the authors first novel and there are some weaknesses A little too caught up in existential frenchy thought but it s really an amusing book, the metaphors are amazingly funny and wierd through out I would highly recommend If you read it tell me what you thought. The only reason this even gets one star is because I don t ever have to look at it again I m certain that some of the reason this book was so terrible was because of an extremely poor translation But even beyond that, the story itself lacked any positive attributes There were no characters to sympathize with, no kind of plot to grasp onto, and the writing was overly descriptive with disparate dialogue that often didn t even make sense Again, perhaps the lack of descriptive and dialogue quality was due to translation issues I just kept waiting for something to happen and nothing ever did until the final five pages At that point, it wasn t worth it.DO NOT BOTHER Seriously. Det kreves nok en del fokus for forst denne fullt ut Jeg hadde dessverre ikke tilstrekkelig konsentrasjon akkurat n , men angrer likevel ikke p at jeg leste den. Ainda tentei ler, juro que tentei Mas n o me cativou de maneira nenhuma When A Teacher Is Found Dead, Having Apparently Committed Suicide, His Friend Pierre Hoffman Takes Over Class F And Finds Himself Responsible For A Group Of Strangely Subdued, Well Behaved And Yet Menacing Pupils Assuming Their Behavior To Be A Response To The Trauma Of Their Teacher S Death, Pierre Hoffman At First Takes It Easy With The Precocious Class, Refusing To Share The Other Staff Members Hostility Toward The Children Over The Weeks That Follow, However, He Receives A Series Of Signals And Warnings That Cause Him To Question The Motivations Of His Pupils And The Circumstances Of His Colleague S Suicide I found this book by Christophe Dufoss quite enjoyable I spent several hours in uncertainty than in real fright, but they were, to be true, quite creepy, a hundred miles away from optimistic texts on the redeeming role of the educator Pierre Hoffmann doesn t like his job Pierre Hoffmann is not necessarily someone we would like to meet Actually, Pierre Hoffmann and the other characters seem to be the stereotypes of their own manias, and here is the full catalogue of them Between the gruff lesbians, the young suicidal teacher, the stupid gym teacher, the headmaster that plies to the will of the parents, the overtly sexual teenager and yet This classroom of cold teenagers, who talk like adults, so young and yet so close to the end Who could believe in such a plot Paradoxically, the slightly contrived language used by Dufoss reinforces this illusion this is only a novel, a finely observed social and psychological study, the exploration of something that will never happen and yet There is in all something that rings very true as far as relationships are concerned I advise this read for teachers who are a little blas s about their work, as well as for those who want to spend a few hours reading a story of suspense I didn t say horror which takes the reader deeper in manipulation and unnaturally creepy human relationships.Having said that, excuse me, but who was in charge of the summary on the backcover on the French edition What a blunder to reveal the ending v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v J ai assez aim ce livre de Christophe Dufoss Il m a fait passer quelques heures plus incertaines qu inqui tantes, assez glauques vrai dire, cent lieues de textes plus optimistes sur la fonction salvatrice de l ducateur Pierre Hoffmann n aime pas son m tier Pierre Hoffmann n est pas quelqu un que l on aimerait forc ment rencontrer Plut t, Pierre Hoffmann et les autres personnages sont les st r otypes de leurs propres n vroses, et il y en a un catalogue Entre les lesbiennes un peu brusques, le jeune enseignant suicidaire, le prof de gym idiot, le principal soumis la pression des parents d l ves, l adolescente nymphomaneet pourtantCette classe d adolescents froids, la diction si adulte, si jeunes et pourtant si proches de la fin Qui pourrait y croire Paradoxalement, le langage un peu ampoul de Dufoss renforce cette illusion ce n est qu un roman, une tude psychologique et sociale tr s bien observ e, une exploration d un fait divers qui ne se produira jamaiset pourtantIl y a dans tout cela une forte part de v rit sur les rapports humains.Je conseille la lecture de ce livre tous les profs un peu d sabus s, ainsi qu ceux qui ont envie de passer quelques heures lire une histoire de suspense, sans terreur pourtant, mais o l on s enfonce de plus en plus dans la manipulation et dans des rapports humains qui mettent mal l aise Par contre, qui s est occup du r sum au dos du livre C est un peu ballot de d voiler la fin