On the third play, he was hit simultaneously by three of them: one, his knees; another, his stomach; a third, his head - the helmet no protection at all. A telephone rang in his ears. For me, it brought up former high school stuff and current teacher stuff. The story concerns a Catholic school for boys which embarks on a massive chocolate sale mainly controlled by Brother Leon, who uses what he calls school spirit to try and get the students to sell all 20,000 boxes. The Chocolate War is one of the most frequently banned books in recent history. Each victim takes a different track and the reader is compelled to identify with the choice made and wonder how he or she would behave in that situation.
This is a very dark book which could be a good introduction to many topics: bullying, corruption, cronyism, conformism and resistance, mob mentality and the abuse of authority. But then, when I got around to reading this book, I realized that this book was all about the cruelties of the world such as manipulating various students into selling chocolates, even if you do not want to sell the chocolates and the consequences if you step out of line from the rest of the student body. He managed to make it back to the school. It's more of a: the first book was fantastic on an unearthly level and this book is fantastic in a sequel way. Good wins over evil in this book. New York Times Book Review.
Ultimately this book is about: How evil pervades How pacifism is ultimately a violent act Martyrdom gets you nowhere How vicious children really are Writing a vicious book about viciousness that assaults the reader doesnt make the world a better place A neat little construct of macrocosm within the microcosm of a high school. It has realistic dialogue and it really does an excellent job of expressing the feelings and thoughts of the characters. This book was published in 1974 and from the beginning it has faced opposition. Eliot's The Love Song of J. It could be written for adult as well, in order to help see what is really going on within an everyday school system. Jerry's individual defiance and stoicism results in his ostracization as a result of a campaign against him carried on by The Vigils, but his resolve seems to only grow stronger, as he understand that ultimately this is the only thing that can't be taken away from him.
Archie is so flattered by Brother Leon's request for help that he does not think through the implications of signing on with the sale, but simply relishes Brother Leon's acknowledgement. Now the only question is: Who will survive? This is how a sequel should be written. It's a laugh, Goober, a fake. But they are Do I dare disturb the universe? It makes me think about what Cormier's psychology of society must have been like, and how that affected his life. On the football field, the match is watched by all students, who can select which blows will be laid during the fight through a randomized lottery system; however, the fight ends when a teacher shuts down the electrical power on the field, and Jerry is brutally injured in the ensuing darkness.
This is one of the few sequels out there that is as good as the original The Chocolate War in the same way. And sometimes I even wonder: Who am I? Unfortunately, the end leaves the reader wanting more. Most of the people were evil before they even had any power. Archie crafted this assignment to annoy and humiliate Brother Leon, an ambitious acting headmaster for whom the sale reflects a private goal. Only The Goober remains Jerry's friend but does little to protect him. It would be nice to avoid the world, to leave it and all its threats and unhappiness. Teen angst only holds my interest for so long.
I did not care for the theme of the book or most of the action of th I Did not like this book at all. The school year is almost at an end, and the chocolate sale is past history. On a technical level its very well written, nice tight scripted language. It definitely has the feel of some other books I had to read for school specifically Lord of the Flies and I could see it appealing to a teenager more than some of the other required reading we had. I said in my first paragraph that this book was strange, but it is strange in a good way.
About Robert Cormier Robert Cormier 1925—2000 changed the face of young adult literature over the course of his illustrious career. But I went with three, because the writing is mostly solid and great in spots. Meanwhile, the Vigils have regained their lost respect. It's still hard to imagine a high school that could get this messed up, but I guess that's part of Cormier's message: there are people in the world who are cruel enough to do just about anything, and others who will do just as much to escape the cruelty. It was hard selling it to the kids because I really hated it myself.
You will never know a truly terrible villain in any book until you read about what Brother Leon and Archie Costello has done to so many people in this book. Nowadays I don't feel so lacking in what I have or have not read but there is one area that I do no nothing about and that is Young Adult literature. Once again, like the Chocolate War, it doesn't have the triumphant ending or the ending the reader wants. Jerry, our young protagonist, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is in my top five favorite novels of all time and is definitely the best book I have read this year so far. The Chocolate War is about boys at an all-boys Catholic prep school forming cliques and getting their kicks by kicking the shit out of their fellow students mentally and physically. The Chocolate War was written such a long time ago that I had a difficult time finding comprehensive book reviews, but I did find some quotes from book reviews on the Random House Web site.
Sex, violence, and the occasional evil teacher are part of teens' real lives, and Cormier wasn't going to pretend otherwise. There's also no religious hostility or racial hostility directed against boys from other parts of town. When I was the age for reading these books I was slogging through a Bourne novel, or reading semi-homoerotic vampire tales all centering around someone named Lestat. Obie protests—Jerry's mom recently died, and he does not think it appropriate to give Jerry an assignment now. What can I say about Robert Cormier that so many before have not already declared? I may also be missing some grand message, but I honestly don't get why this book was published. Even though I think girls could be interested in the characters, this book seems like it is really meant for male readers.