The Club by Takis Würger audiobook

The Club

By Takis Würger
Translated by Charlotte Collins
Read by Tim Campbell , Kate Reading , Henrietta Meire , James Langton , Simon Vance , Feodor Chin , Derek Perkins , Ralph Lister , and Bradford Hastings

5.41 Hours 03/12/2019 Unabridged
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The Club is a blistering, timely, and gripping novel set at Cambridge University, centering around an all-male dining club for the most privileged and wealthy young men at Cambridge and following an outsider who exposes the dark secrets of this group, the Pitt Club. As a boy, Hans Stichler enjoys a fable-like childhood among the rolling hills and forests of North Germany, living an idyll that seems uninterruptable. A visit from Hans’ ailing English aunt Alex, who comes to stay for an entire summer, has a profound effect on the young Hans, all the more so when she invites him to come to university at Cambridge, where she teaches art history. Alex will ensure his application to St. John’s College is accepted, but in return he must help her investigate an elite university club of young aristocrats and wealthy social climbers, the Pitt Club. The club has existed at Cambridge for centuries, its long legacy of tradition and privilege largely unquestioned. As Hans makes his best efforts to prove club material and infiltrate its ranks, including testing his mettle in the boxing ring, he is drawn into a world of extravagance, debauchery, and macho solidarity. And when he falls in love with fellow student Charlotte, he sees a potential new life of upper-class sophistication opening up to him. But there are secrets in the club’s history, as well as in its present―and Hans soon finds himself in the inner sanctum of what proves to be an increasingly dangerous institution, forced to grapple with the notion that sometimes one must do wrong to do right.

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Summary

Summary

The Club is a blistering, timely, and gripping novel set at Cambridge University, centering around an all-male dining club for the most privileged and wealthy young men at Cambridge and following an outsider who exposes the dark secrets of this group, the Pitt Club.

As a boy, Hans Stichler enjoys a fable-like childhood among the rolling hills and forests of North Germany, living an idyll that seems uninterruptable. A visit from Hans’ ailing English aunt Alex, who comes to stay for an entire summer, has a profound effect on the young Hans, all the more so when she invites him to come to university at Cambridge, where she teaches art history. Alex will ensure his application to St. John’s College is accepted, but in return he must help her investigate an elite university club of young aristocrats and wealthy social climbers, the Pitt Club. The club has existed at Cambridge for centuries, its long legacy of tradition and privilege largely unquestioned. As Hans makes his best efforts to prove club material and infiltrate its ranks, including testing his mettle in the boxing ring, he is drawn into a world of extravagance, debauchery, and macho solidarity. And when he falls in love with fellow student Charlotte, he sees a potential new life of upper-class sophistication opening up to him. But there are secrets in the club’s history, as well as in its present―and Hans soon finds himself in the inner sanctum of what proves to be an increasingly dangerous institution, forced to grapple with the notion that sometimes one must do wrong to do right.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Filled with love, sorrow, and beauty—from the cover to the final sentence.” Elle (Germany)
“Distinguished German journalist Würger, who broke some bones boxing for a year at Cambridge, offers a powerful and provoking story.” Library Journal
“A timely, beautifully paced novel…Würger cycles between each character’s voice to brilliantly evoke the medieval unreality of Cambridge and the almost comical wealth of the students. There is much to dissect in this concise and dramatic tale.” Booklist
“The novel’s complicated ending touches on the problem of justice and redemption: who gets it, who deserves it, and its human cost.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Takis Würger

Author Bio: Takis Würger

Takis Würger is a reporter working for the German news magazine Der Spiegel. He studied human, social, and political science at St. John’s College, Cambridge, for a year before dropping out. During this time, he boxed for the university, broke two ribs and his hand, and became a member of the Adonians, the Hawks’ Club, and the Pitt Club. Würger was named one of Medium’s “Top 30 Journalists under 30,” alongside other accolades. His work as a journalist has taken him to Afghanistan, Libya, Mexico, and Ukraine. The Club is his first novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English