Before in my own writing It made me realize that revisiting the same idea is what ets you to that eventual masterpiece After I read I Am the Cheese I was reminded of what first struck me about Cormier s writing Cormier s Wikipedia says In most of his novels the protagonists do not win I knew this but still the way he writes it strikes me Cormier is brilliant in not only putting emotions into words but in etting them to jump off the page and into the reader s heart Cormier s writing always stirs strong emotions within me Though not the most pleasant emotions it still shows a reat deal for the power of his writingSo I decided to read The Rag and Bone Shop because I knew it would make me feel something and it would entertain me The reason I chose this book and not another of Cormier s is because this title has stuck with me for a while Cormier makes brilliant titles The Chocolate War After the First Death Except When Shaving Don t Look in Mirrors changed by editors to Another of Mike s Girls Cormier s titles are so intriguing that they make you want to pick up the book This title was enticing and since the story is about a murder I thought it would be a ood last pick for Goodreads Halloween week The title actually comes from a Yeats poem I like when Cormier references poetry in his writing this is also something he did in The "Chocolate WarABOUT THIS BOOKSo let s talk about this book I was surprised to learn this was Cormier s "WarABOUT THIS BOOKSo let s talk about this book I was surprised to learn this was Cormier s novel It feels like a beginner book in some ways It s pretty short focuses on just one event really an interrogation and it seems to be an initial fleshing out of some of Cormier s main themes ie betrayal Also some elements felt haphazard rushed almost like the Bobo plotline and the end which I will elaborate on in a bit I wasn t sure if this was how Cormier wroteintended it or if editors finished the book for him did not edit it much since it was published posthumously I could not find much information on whether or not he completed it and was fully confident in it before dyingWith the plot I found the end of part II very predictable from the et Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? go though it still made me feel things view spoilerI hate how Trent knew Jason was innocent but still proceeded to ruin him hide spoiler I do not know of any other so called YA author who uite so comfortably and effortlessly crossed the increasingly indistinct border between novels for younger readers and novels for adult readers in the course of his writing career I personally hate these rather artificial boundaries that are imposed on literature I think dozens of fine noteworthy novelso unread by older readers because they are marketed as YA I am not referring to the endless stream of dystopian novels and serial fantasy sagas that seem to make up such an inordinately large portion of YA novels nowadays I m talking about finely crafted and deftly executed novels Think Micha. Xt door is murdered Jason is horrified He was the last one to see her alive He wants to do everything he can to help find the killer so when the police come calling he tells them all he knows What he doesn't know is that Trent a detective adept at extracting confessions has been. Let s o down to where all the ladders startHello friends I am
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goFirst I would like to begin where I often do why I readI would like to begin where I often do why I read book Okay so I recently reviewed American Psycho When I did my mom said I was just in time for Goodreads Halloween week I honestly find it strange that Goodreads only had this for a week some books are long and take than a week to read because some of us have jobs Goodreads Anyway this inspired me to read Darkly Dreaming Dexter just for the Halloween spirit but that was another disappointment I had marked as Want To Read the book Hold Still and my mom informed me that she had reuested it from the library for me This was not a high priority book for me but since she had reuested it I began reading it on open library The writing was nice but the plot was boring so I stopped But I still wanted to read "Something Since I Had "since I had Baby Legacy (So Many Babies gotten into the idea of reading another book I knew I didn t want to re read something but I didn t want to waste time on a book I wouldn t likeRobert Cormier is probably my favorite author The first book I read of his was The Chocolate War and it is still my favorite book I read Beyond the Chocolate War soon enough after and perhaps liked it even better than its predecessor Then I read some less appealing books of his After the First Death and Heroes I realized that Robert Cormier seems to write the same idea repeatedly This used to be something that bothered me I find it a lot with male authors yes male For example I made a plan once to read all of F Scott Fitzgerald s books so I d have substance for my arguments of why I dislike him I eventually stopped after three or four books because they were all exactly the same idea Another example after reading Blake Crouch s Recursion my momot Dark Matter from the library I advised her not to read it since many on Goodreads said Recursion was the same idea as Dark Matter but she read it anyway and it made her like Recursion less because it was just the same idea again I don t know what my point is here Sometimes when authors repeat ideas it s bad tiresome it ruins the originality of the first time you faced it For me with After the First Death and Heroes I definitely felt less appreciation for Cormier s work It was all the same he was bound to make a hit at some point But The Chocolate War has always held a special place in my heart After thinking all these things I saw a post somewhere encouraging artists to reiterate on the same idea again and again that it was okay to visit the same concept and rewriteredrawrecreate it I really liked this post and it made me feel better about exploring themes I had touched on. Terse and terrifying this final book from Cormier will leave a lasting impression Jason almost 13 is a shy ineffectual child who takes being bullied as a matter of course but if he sees someone else being pushed around he may strike back When the seven year old irl who lives ne. El Morpurgo or John Boyne s The Boy in the Striped PyjamasThere are many adult readers who have enjoyed and appreciated the late Robert Cormier s novels for their originality and the author s keen observing eye The Rag and Bone Shop Cormier s last novel is no exception A uiet Massachusetts neighborhood is recoiling in horror as the murdered body of seven year old Alicia Bartlett is "discovered in a nearby wood Twelve year old Jason Dorrant was the last person to see her alive and naturally "in a nearby wood Twelve year old Jason Dorrant was the last person to see her alive and naturally investigating police officer is uick to read some significance into this There is pressure on the police when a senator becomes interested in the case Soon there is talk of employing the services of Trent a police officer from Vermont known for his tenacious tactics in the interrogation room and the fact that he is uaranteed to wrestle a confession out of any suspect Under the Langlais correct pour les Nuls guise of an elaborate subterfuge Jason is brought to the police station and placed in a dreary little room without windows where he is brought face to face with the formidable Trent who has only a couple of hours in which toet a confession out of the boy The biggest part of the novel is devoted to the interrogation that follows No punches are pulled and what transpires in that little room will leave any perceptive reader with sweaty palms a racing heart and a feeling of slowly mounting outrage Nightmarish claustrophobic and unrelentingly intense this is an uncompromising book with an ending that will leave most readers reeling This was literally me finishing this bookFor the record I learned how to embed Constantly Craving gifs just for this review Ok so I asked a friend but the result is the sameIs this book well written Yes Is it an intense read Yes None of that changes the fact I will notet back the time I spent reading it Look Jason I am only stating what they think I am trying to show you the seriousness
"of your situation "your situation are their prime suspect They have evidence against you No one else fits the profile A seven year old A Preface to Democratic Theory girl has been murdered and the police are convinced her killer was the last person to see her alive a twelve year old boy Now a hot shot detective has been called in to try and coax a confession from the boy But will he cross a line toet the desired resultsThis was an unsettling read The subject matter is dark and though none of the characters are likable the reader does feel a certain sympathy toward the young suspect His interrogator s techniues so effective when used on adults seem cruel and conniving when employed on a child I m also not convinced any testimony coerced from a minor without the presence of a parent would be admissible in court Anyway it s a short tense read with a shocker ending My rating is not higher because I felt a bit manipulated by the whole experience but you may enjoy it than I didIt does leave you wondering who is really the Aryan Idols guilty party here. Called into the case and Trent has Jason in his sights as the murderer Cormier presents a cat and mouseame so tense that readers will feel they must escape the pages just as Jason wants to extricate himself from the stuffy cell like room where his interrogation is taking plac.