Cracks [Sheila Kohler] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Talk with Sheila Kohler, author of Cracks and One Girl Zoland: In Cracks there is . A group of South African women who were all members of a boarding-school swimming team revisit a shared and haunted past in Kohler’s polished, compact. Official Trailer for Cracks. The director is Jordan Scott, and Ridley and Tony Scott are the executive producers on the film. Rosalie Swedlin, Christine Vachan.

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They are all on the swim team, and queens of the school because of it. If I can’t deduce these points from the chapter, you haven’t written a very good book.

When a new girl named Fiamma comes to school the attention the girls once ctacks is now on konler. Pages to import images to Wikidata. As teenage memories and emotions resurface, the women relive the horror of a long-buried secret. This is the main reason I prefer the movie version: As revealed in the authors website, the violent death of her sister thirty years ago in apartheid South Africa caused her to explore in her fiction the crzcks of “violence within intimate relationships, in particular, the abuse of power and privilege”.

I would definitely recommend this book. That was good; less good is the fact that one of the girls is named Sheila Kohler. I’m just as conflicted, if not more, than I was when I started writing this It was like kohlef up in the middle ages, or anyway the nineteenth century. As most other reviews have said, the movie version of Cracks is more finely tuned and actually tells the story in a more striking manner than the book.

It’s basically almost like Lord of the Flies for girls like others have said.


By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. She moved to the U. There’s no reflection, no remorse, no discussion of what happened konler Fiamma, and I don’t understand the point of showing the women returning to the school.


But the problems are huge: This is, hands down, among the worst books I have ever read. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Growing up in South Africa was a strange experience. 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.

See 1 question about Cracks…. She later lived in Paris for fifteen years, where she married, completed her undergraduate degree in Literature at the Sorbonne, and a graduate degree in Psychology at the Institut Catholique.

Even though these girls were so together and acted as a group in many ways, they were all hurting so much by being apart from their families. I found the movie scene in which Fiamma a Spanish student in the movie, Italian in the book gets killed quite disturbing already, but in the book she gets raped I watched the movie before reading the book. You were as self-conscious as the rest of us. As for the novel: School reunions inevitably dredge up much that might be better left decently buried, but they are an irresistible rite of passage, especially if you spent your school years not merely studying with your classmates but living with them as well.

I would highly recommend it if you can handle adult situations.

Be the first to discover new talent! However, I quest 1. Some characters have different names Rosie, Poppy, etc. You grew up in South Africa.

Cracksthe movie, takes place in England in the ‘s, with a diving team that consists of only six girls. Feb 29, Erin rated it really liked it. Get your psychotic schoolgirl fix, and give Kohler’s book a pass. And keeping us at a distance serves to maintain their mystery. But when she found Fiamma more special than everyone else, it drew the ire of them all, despite of her known mental instability. 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 degenerates into bullying and finally tragedy.


I understand basing a character on yourself, but once you give that character your full name, I’m inclined to believe that it’s a little more than self-indulgent. Thirteen of the girls are chosen by Miss G to be on the swim team, including beautiful new-girl Fiamma, who keeps her distance and keeps to herself, never really becoming a part of the group. I liked the storyline which was why I bought the book in the first place.

I am utterly disappointed. It was VERY disturbing to read the rape scene, because my guess was that she only disappeared in the book and therefore escaped from the girls and Miss G and that’s it. There was a problem adding your email address. Refresh and try again. The book adds many more elements than the film.

However, being beautiful, rich, well read, and an excellent swimmer, everyone had some level of obsession with Fiamma.

Cracks the movie – Sheila Kohler

Books by Sheila Kohler. While ‘Dare Me’ dealt with cheerleaders and cracis peerless Coach French, who’s behavior towards the squad was more familiar than it should have been, ‘Cracks’ deals with a swim team at a South African boarding school in the sixties. From inside the book.

Paperbackpages. South African novel about a school reunion and a bullied girl.

The weather is hot and dry, the school is isolated, and the girls don’t have much in the way of strict supervision. I had to skip a couple of pages.