The Chocolate War

Cormier, Robert

| 1986

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Stunned by his mother's recent death and appalled by the way his father sleepwalks through life, Jerry Renault, a New England high school student, ponders the poster in his locker-Do I dare disturb the universe? Part of his universe is Archie Costello, leader of a secret school societ-the Virgils-and master of intimidation. Archie himself is intimidated by a cool, ambitious teacher into having the Virgils spearhead the annual fund-raising event-a chocolate sale. When Jerry refuses to be bullied into selling chocolates, he becomes a hero, but his defiance is a threat to Archie, the Virgils, and the school. In the inevitable showdown, Archie's skill at intimidation turns Jerry from hero to outcast, to victim, leaving him alone and terribly vulnerable. "The Chocolate War is masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well crafted, well timed, suspenseful;...

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Elin Möllerstedt



Läste bokens svenska översättning efter en rekommendation i DN. Ungdomsroman från 70-talet som utspelar sig på en katolsk pojkskola. Lite Flugornas herre-stämning över historien. Tvivlar inte ett dugg på att liknande saker kan inträffa i princip var som helst, i vilken tid som helst.