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I Am the Cheese Paperback – September 11, 2007
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First published in 1977, I Am the Cheese provides an exciting introduction to psychological thrillers. This sensitive, emotional, subtly crafted novel by Robert Cormier (author of The Chocolate War) was a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year, as well as a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Cormier's novels had a deep and beneficial impact on my developing personality, and I thank him.
Over the years, although I did not forget his name, I did not think about Cormier very much. He served his purpose, I felt, and had nothing new to offer.
Many of us know already that Robert Cormier recently passed away. I read it in the Boston Globe, and I was deeply saddened. I decided to, out of respect, re-read my favorite of his novels, "I am the Cheese." I was a little nervous, expecting to be disappointed.
This was not the case. "I am the Cheese," is a novel that is in many ways formatted for children. However, it is also a novel that can bring back (and make real), for those adults who want them, the feelings of loneliness, despair, suffocation, and unreasonable fear that we felt when we were thirteen or so.
This is no summer Disney flick with a few hidden tongues-in-cheek for Mom n' Dad. "I am the Cheese" is a (yes) simple, but POWERFUL tour-de-force of brittle yet sepulchral sentiment.Read more ›
More than anything else, this is one of the rare psychological thrillers written specifically for youth. As Adam realizes what has happened to him, so too does the reader. And as Adam starts to mistrust his interrogator, ditto the reader. Clues to Adam's past come to him slowly, their subtlety impressive. For example, Adam discovers that his has two birth certificates. One says his correct birthday. The other, a birth date in a completely different month. This is a small discovery on his part, but a perfectly chilling one. He doesn't understand the significance of this discovery, nor does the reader, but we're compelled to discover what it all means.
If you've a kid who'd be interested in a book with an unreliable narrator, you couldn't do much better than this. Adam is sympathetic, but ultimately not in control of any of the forces that guide his travels. He is the world's victim, a fact explored fully at the novel's shocking close. DO NOT read the last page of this book if you want to be surprised. I, myself, caught an accidental glance and knew more than I ever wanted to as a result. This is not a book for anyone who likes their protagonist to overcome his/her personal struggles and triumph in some small way in the end.Read more ›
The "Farmers" ;the main family in this story, undergo changes due to a past event... .Changes made include scenery jobs,house...and even identity.All changes for the better? The story centres around "Adam Farmer",the only child of Mr and Mrs"Farmer".He has a normal life ,unil he finds "his" birth certificates. More clues come up and he becomes a spy;watching and listening around the house. There are secrets,there's evidence. What aren't his parents telling him?
That was in the past, his on a journey now.cycling round the memories,around the psylumn. He's now traumatized by the past.The past he "can't remember".
But what happened?What forced him to "forget"? He's in an Asylumn ,but why is there? He says he's cycling to his father in Ruttenburg ,but why are they apart and where is his mother?
This book's a psychological thriller.A good read yet a little stinjy with the clues as to solving the mystery.The book constructs blocks of suspence with levels of clues. Climaxes come through out and right at the end is a unbelievably twisted surprize.
The story's set in Rutternberg,Vermont and in Monument Massachusetts.The setting's effectiveness lies in the thought of such a big thing happening in a well developed place ,yet it wasn't noticed or stopped... It makes me kind of think that something like this could be happening here in South Africa, JHB and I wouldn't even know about it.
The auther gives a heavy message lightly.A warning to us to open our eyes ,take notice and do something about things. He brings it through in a confusing, mind working yet entertaining way.Read more ›
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This book was a trip! It started off a little slow, but a surprising climax and ending. You won't want to stop reading.Published 27 days ago by Elizabeth Ruales
I read this in high school and always looked for it when in book stores. Now it is in my Kindle collection. If you have never read it you should.Published 2 months ago by Douglas Sparks
I couldn't put this book down. In fact, when I read the last page, I wanted to immediately turn to the first page and reread the book! Only time restraints kept me from doing so.Published 4 months ago by Karyn Carpenter
I read this book years ago and it knocked my socks off. After reading Dennis LeHane's "Shutter Island", I recognized some similarities in these stories, so I ordered... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Martha P. Miller
This book is really good for school, as I read this book in language arts. It's not a boring book at all, it gets you thinking and has a lot of room for predictions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by good game but...
I've never read a book with a character for whom you pull so strongly - and in the end it's all for naught. I'm sorry I bought it and read it.Published 7 months ago by CRE
This was such a strange, sad little book, but I was really captivated by Adam’s story. I don’t want to reveal too much about what made it so affecting, but here are a few aspects... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Julie Merilatt
I was looking for something for eighth-graders to read over the summer in order to have a book to analyze and write about at the beginning of the school year. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kasey J. Tritt