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Beyond the Chocolate War

Beyond the Chocolate War (Hardback, New edition)

By Cormier, Robert

ISBN 9780333420454
Published 28 September 1995 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780333420454
ISBN-10 0333420454
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Nelson Thornes Ltd
Publication Date 28 September 1995
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Cormier, Robert
Series M Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 190mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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US Review It's been over ten years since The Chocolate War (1974), but the action in this sequel takes place only a few months after the original ugly doings at Trinity High - a boys' day school in drab mid-New England. The Vigils, the secret society headed by cold, manipulative senior Archie Costello, is still going strong. Brother Leon, the slimy teacher who has become Archie's quasi-partner in dictatorial evil, is now the Headmaster. And the one student who stood up to Archie in The Chocolate War - Jerry Renault - is at home, still recuperating from the physical/psychic damage of his doomed attempt at individualistic defiance. As the end of the school year approaches, however, two of Archie's longtime student-henchmen will become increasingly disaffected, secretly rebellious. Carter, clumsy super-jock and Vigils president, is horrified by Archie's latest scheme - a plan to humiliate both Brother Leon and the Bishop (!) during an upcoming assembly; so he sends an anonymous warning to Brother Leon. . . and suffers the consequences when Archie (a subtle tormentor) finds out. Meanwhile, Archie's sometime confidant Obie, in wild love with Laurie Gundarson, loses interest in The Vigils; when Laurie is nearly raped by a trio of Vigils henchmen, Obie loses her - and vows revenge on Archie (who inspired but didn't order the attack). Still, though Obie is clever and gutsy in his scheme to humiliate and frighten Archie on Fair Day, he finds that his hatred has made him into someone just as monstrous as Archie (near-fatal tricks with a magic-show guillotine) - while Jerry Renault decides, after another run-in with Vigils violence, to return to Trinity High, ready to outlast the bullies rather than fight them. Cormier overdoes the gangland-style villainy and mayhem this time around. (There's also the suicide of one of Brother Leon's student-victims.) The tangle of power/violence/evil themes involves some heavyhanded summations and more than a few unconvincing moments - especially when it comes to Obie's near-murder of Satan-symbol Archie. But, for the many fans of The Chocolate War: another dark, intense melodrama - with another downbeat, Evil-Goes-On ending. (Kirkus Reviews)

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