Is high school really this bad? Freshman, Jerry Renault, a newcomer to the corrupt regime, refuses to sell chocolates. I hate to do it, but I have to for the sake of consistency. I only mention that fact to show the relatively late start that I got on serious reading. Jerry then confirms that the sale is indeed voluntary, and that he does not have to sell the chocolates. It is at this point that things really begin to fall a part for Jerry, and he is subjected to fierce bullying by classmates and teachers because of his rebellion.
Readers will respect the uncompromising ending. It seems incredible to me that more than two decades later, The Chocolate War continues to be read and taught and to cause problems in classrooms here in the United States and in such places as England, Australia, Sweden, France, and Japan, among others. As a mature reader I picked up on where the author was heading with the themes, and didn't need for them to be returned to later on in the novel, but would a teen need to have them more explicitly brought out? I made it up for it with a huge gusto of reading anything I could get my hands on when I was about 21, but I still felt like so much precious time had been missed when I could have gotten so much more reading done. Jerry's stand against selling chocolate also gets him trouble with Brother Leon, the Voldemort-esque schoolmaster. Not to give anything away, but this doesn't work out all that well for him. I think this is the kind of story that speaks to high school students during a trying time in their life. But he was doubtful about a short chapter toward the end of the novel.
Only The Goober remains Jerry's friend but does little to protect him. New York Times Book Review. Cormier got kind of tired of defending the book, but he continued to do so throughout his life. The Chocolate War shows how hard this is on students as if you didn't already know , but also what this type of school situation teaches the students experiencing it. I can see why uptight parents and school boards would try to ban the book, not that I agree, but yeah there is some stuff that I was surprised at finding in a book that is being aimed to teenagers. According to this novel, it teaches things like how to use violence, intimidation, and manipulation. Mmm, chocolate and cheese… tasty.
His many books include The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, Fade, Tenderness, After the First Death, Heroes, Frenchtown Summer, and The Rag and Bone Shop. I am interested to see if justice is served in the sequel. My other complaint is about how the big reversal comes about in the book. It's ok that he did this, because he handled so many other things in the book with quite a bit of sophistication for a book that reads really simply. Here's the deal people, yesterday I was heating up my lunch in the kitchenette at work and had this book with me because I was planning to read during lunch and another woman asks me what the book is about. Couldn't wait for it to be over? All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
The book was published in multiple languages including English language, consists of 288 pages and is available in Paperback format. I wish I had read this novel when I was about twelve or thirteen years old. Nam interdum justo eget nisi pulvinar et condimentum orci bibendum. That's a hard pill for someone like me, an eternal optimist who believes there must be something redeeming in everyone, to swallow. Maybe you've had some teachers like the kind Pink Floyd sings about in this and other songs.
I'll tell you why ladies and gentleman--because this book isn't about a chocolate sale, it's about peer pressure, conformity, and the difference that one individual can make in any given situation. A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. Readers will respect the uncompromising ending. While they argue, Jerry notices a group of boys coming out from behind bushes and corners, and they descend on him simultaneously. His father is at work on the night shift. Seven major publishers rejected it over the course of thirteen months in 1972 and 1973.
Trinity's vice-principal, Brother Leon, has recently become acting headmaster and overextends his rising ambition by committing Trinity to selling double the previous year's amount of chocolates during an annual fundraising event, quietly enlisting the support of Archie Costello, the genesis and leader behind The Vigils: the school's cruelly manipulative of student pranksters. We don't need no education We don't need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey! Not quite an adult novel, too sophisticated to be a juvenile novel. This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions. He demonstrates the ways in which the path of least resistance is the easiest and safest route, and despite having some moral objection to both Brother Leon and The Vigils' manipulation of the sale, he goes along with it because in so doing, he eliminates any personal risk. We think Jerry our hero and the guys at Trinity high school might have liked it. So long as he can report good news, and so long as Brother Leon is happy with the totals, Brian is happy. Jerry curls in a ball and takes the beating, eventually throwing up and driving the boys away.
On the other hand, I knew that, on its primary level, this was a story about a school chocolate sale. This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions. Perhaps he does not want to believe it, and would rather believe that everyone suddenly is more invested in the sale. 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. His dark portrayals of teen life get lots of love from critics, teachers, and teens alike. I think this novel is appropriate for high school aged students.