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I Am the Cheese (Readers Circle) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1977; vuoden 2007 painos)

– tekijä: Robert Cormier

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A young boy desperately tries to unlock his past yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to remain alive.
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Teoksen nimi:I Am the Cheese (Readers Circle)
Kirjailijat:Robert Cormier
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2007), Paperback, 256 pages
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I Am the Cheese (tekijä: Robert Cormier) (1977)

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    Kukkia Algernonille (tekijä: Daniel Keyes) (angelofmusic_81)
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    Hiiriä ja ihmisiä (tekijä: John Steinbeck) (meggyweg)
    meggyweg: Both these books are perfectly structured, all the plot parts fitting so seamlessly together that not even a knife blade could slip between them. The endings to each are as inevitable as the end of the world.
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    Piin elämä (tekijä: Yann Martel) (meggyweg)
    meggyweg: These two books are very different in plot, themes, etc., but they have similar whack-you-on-the-back-of-the-head type endings.
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I am not sure how this book escaped me in childhood. Fabulous book that I will read again. The one thing I would say is if you are at all interested in reading this book -- do not read the reviews/description of this book.. I entered in to reading this with the most basic idea of the story (A boy is pedaling on his old bike by himself from one city to another with a package for his dad.) I would have not gotten to enjoy this story unfolding had I known more than that. This book should be on every YA must-read list, and my 14yo doesn't know it yet, but this will be on his end-of-summer reading list. :) ( )
  motherraccoon | Jan 8, 2020 |
Adam's fragile world is shattered when he learns the secret of his family's past. Told in alternating descriptions of his life, transcriptions of an interview in a sanatorium, and a crucial, impulsive bike ride. The chronology is not clear, and the reader must be content to be as confused and frustrated as Adam is. For the patient reader, though, the payoff is fantastic, and will likely have you turning immediately back to the beginning to reread and see how the pieces all fall together.

Due to the sophisticated narrative structure, I'd recommend this one for high school students.

An aside: I have just begun reading The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci, and I am already seeing fantastic similarities. Watch this, um, that space. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
Very good suspense. Keeps you interested untill the end.
  EDDYAFLICK | May 29, 2019 |
Adam Farmer is on a mission. To find out who he is. This is not your typical "coming of age" book. Although it is touted as "Young Adult," I both question an applaud that categorizing. I question it because of the way it gripped my attention. I couldn't put it down, and I am anything but a young adult. I can't stop thinking about it now that I've finished. It is not your typical "YA" fare. I applaud that designation because this is what young adults should have available to them for reading. Bravo! All authors writing for young adults should take a good hard look at this and quit writing down to teens.

Why only four stars? Because my star ratings are based on emotion. My emotion for four being that it is an excellent book that I recommend, but it didn't make me feel good. That wasn't its purpose. ( )
  MrsLee | Feb 11, 2019 |
If I were to judge a book by its title or cover, Robert Cormier's I Am the Cheese is definitely not a book that I would pick up. In fact, I probably would have gone my entire life without touching it if it weren't for the fact that one of my teachers assigned it for my class in Young Adult Literature. For that reason, I'm glad I took the class.

Like most of Cormier's books, I Am the Cheese is set in the town of Monument, Massachusetts. It is a fictional setting based on the author's own home town. In this story, the main character is Adam Farmer and doubles as my pick for PopSugar's 2017 Reading Challenge as a book with an unreliable narrator, because young Adam Farmer is precisely that: unreliable.

Adam Farmer grows up with a rather complicated life: his family is part of the early stages of the Witness Protection Program. They are relocated to Monument after his father uncovers deeply rooted corruption among government officials and, as a result, testifies against them. Having been young at the time, Adam only knows his life as it now and goes about his day to day business as any boy his age would. He meets and falls in love with a girl named Amy and one day decides to skip school and bike to Rutterberg, Vermont so that he can deliver a gift to his father, who is currently in the hospital. As Adam tells us his story of visiting his father, we are simultaneously introduced to him in the future, where he is currently under psychiatric care. There, he is urged to recover his memories via sessions with Brint. During these sessions, the reader learns more Adam and his family.

I really can't say a whole lot more about the book other than that without revealing spoilers, but what I can say is that this book has more twists and turns with sharp jerks than those little mini-coaster rides at a theme park. You know, the ones that leave you with bruises instead of making you scream with glee? Even better, these twists are rather dark in nature - more so than I would have expected for a book labeled Young Adult back in the 70s. It's extremely rare for me to find myself questioning elements of story throughout an entire book, but I Am the Cheese succeeded in doing just that.

Another interesting element to I Am the Cheese, and one of the many traits it shares with Post-Modernism literature, is the use of several different styles of writing within its pages. While the book has alternating perspectives, there is a clear distinction when each perspective changes: first person is from Adam's point-of-view; the interview transcripts are from recordings of Brint and Adam speaking; the final style is third-person limited, with most of its focus centered directly on Adam and what goes on around him.

I was also surprised to learn, via my instructor, that the number Adam calls to try and reach Amy was actually Cormier's personal phone number. He had put it in the book so that if readers called it, they would be able to speak with him - particularly during less happy moments in their life. That alone is deserving of kudos.

I Am the Cheese is undoubtedly one of my favorite Young Adult books and, as a result, I definitely plan to read more of Cormier's books, especially since many of them have startlingly dark themes. ( )
  agrimscythe | Mar 20, 2018 |
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