The Chocolate War (Chocolate War #1)
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“My name is Jerry Renault and I’m not going to sell the chocolates.”
The Chocolate War is probably one of those books that ends up getting a low rating since it gets crammed down the throats of high school kids in their literature classes. As the mother of a child who is currently being forced to read “a book about girls who do nothing but talk about cute guys” (Spoiler Alert: Marie Antoinette Serial Killer), I WISH his required read ...more
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. This could've been an English novel.
Cormier does an excellent job at cap ...more
Brother Leon is truly evil. His example w ...more
Jerry Renault, a new student at Trinity High, is selected by the Vigils, a subversive group of students who maintain an authorative stranglehold over the student populace, to stand against the status quo. The remaining students are instructed, via cruel, manipulative assignments, to participate for ten days in the school's annual chocol ...more
from a poster that hangs in Jerry Renault's school locker
My youngest son started high school this year, and while that makes me feel old, old, OLD, I'm relieved that for the first time since kindergarten, he is not expected to sell stuff for his school. This year, I will not be forced to buy any crappy wrapping paper, or magazine subscriptions, or any overpriced chocolate for Easter. This is all voluntary, of course. Children don't have to participate. But they are ...more
Disturbing My Universe
(A Book Review of The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier)
I’m writing this review in anguish and in tears.
At first I couldn’t imagine myself getting interested about this kid who refuses to sell chocolates during a school’s annual fund-raising event. But as the pages were turned all too quickly, I find myself deeply engrossed, on the edge of my seat, clinging on to every word, anticipating each chapter with bated breath. I suppose The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier eludes de ...more
It stinks. No seriously. Jerry's musings about "disturbing the universe" (poor T.S. Eliot) put me to sleep and I honestly couldn't wait for the school's secret society to knock the ever lovin' crap out of him. I may also be missing some grand message, but I ...more
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 re ...more
The Chocolate War is probably Robert Cormier's best known novel - and certainly his most controversial one. First published in 1974, it has since been frequently challenged and banned in many schools and libraries in the US, and forty years after its publication remains very high on the most frequently censored books.
The novel is set at Trinity School, an all-male Catholic preparatory high school, and focuses on Jerry Renault - one of the freshmen. Jerry is a qui ...more
I absolutely loved this book, which isn’t surprising since it reminded me of John Green’s novels. John Green is ONE OF MY FAVORITE WRITERS. Now, Cormier and Green are two completely different writers, but Cormier’s use of the T.S. Eliot line ‘Do I dare disturb the universe?’ reminded me of John Green’s use of literary references in his novels. Cormier only used a single line from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, but what a perfect line it is. It summed up the novel ...more
SO now I'm well more than half way and fascinated. I keep thinking that it's some big analogy for government and democracies or maybe the school is Russia and it's about communism. I'll have to check when it was written.
And now that I'm finished with it...let me continue my review:
I'm really surprised by the complexity of the characters. It reminds me of Watchmen in a way because ...more
I guess there is no way to soften the blow, but The Chocolate War is senseless to me. i thought the book has no purpose. It is my first time to encounter a story without a likely hero. Man, this really sucked for me! My apologies to my dear GR friends who liked The Chocolate War. Like what i said, agree to disagree. right? =)
I guess what i'm looking for is this: a ray of hope, a sliver or chance that maybe, maybe in the end something good will happen. How ...more
In this book we have Jerry who is newly entered into a private school and he posed the question to himself of 'Do I dare disturb the universe?' He asked th ...more
Cormier, R. (2000). The Chocolate War. New York: Dell-Laurel Leaf.
Selection Process: ALA’s List of 25 Most Challenged Books 2000-2009
Jerry Renault is asked to join the Vigils, a secret society or peer group (gang) at Trinity School for boys. The task he must finish to become one of the Vigils, he must say "No" to selling chocolates for 10 days. Brother Leon is infuriated by his refusal and many of the boys at the school f ...more
Although I was frustrat ...more
I had to teach this book as a high school teacher. It was hard selling it to the kids because I really hated it myself. The problem is that Cormier is writing a book that just doesn't succeed on any level.
SHOCK LEVEL -- no, it doesn't shock. It's not like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE where the violence is over the top, sensational, and terrifying. These kids are more like whiners and snitches who react to verbal taunts with elaborate schemes and weird para ...more
I really enjoyed this dark look at teenage life and the cost of conscientious objection in the face of severe peer pressure. See my full review on Bewitched Bookworms.
This book definitely disturbed my universe, to what extent maybe only time can tell.
What disturbed me? The actions, I swear through the last few chapters I was swearing and questioning why.
Also the thinking of the characters, if they were even really thinking, but of course they were which leads me to thinking if I would have done the same thing being in their shoes.
By the end of the book you could play a blame game, though it would take you nowhere.
Last question ...more
Războiul ciocolatei e o carte care a văzut greu lumina zilei. Scrisă în anii '70, după ce a fost respinsă mai bine de un an de 7 edituri importante, a fost publicată de o a opta pentru ca să fie interzisă câţiva ani mai târziu, dar nu înainte de a fi predată în şcoli în SUA şi alte ţări şi de a fi distinsă cu diferite titluri din categoria "cea mai bună carte pentru tineri a anului 1974".
Deşi au trecut ani buni de atunci, consider că o parte din temele pe ...more