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Class Trip [Paperback]

Emmanuel Carrere , Linda Coverdale
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; New edition edition (1 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704380943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704380943
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,703,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young Nicholas's class ski trip goes from bad to worse when his father forgets to give him his suitcase and fills him with horror stories about people who kidnap children for their organs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Psychological Terror 21 Nov 2001
By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This slim novel vividly explores the psychological terror of Nicholas, a sheltered adolescent who is sent to a two-week ski-camp. He is obviously the wimpy outsider, and every encounter with classmates or adults becomes an intense mental test in which the wrong word could prove fatal. Carerre's understated prose masterfully depicts the terror experienced by an over-imaginative child on his own for the first time, but the suspense really develops when a child from the village near the ski-camp goes missing and is found brutally murdered. While astute readers will easily foresee the conclusion from earlier hints, the inevitable endgame is both gripping and crushing. Someone else compared the book's tone to that of the excellent Dutch film "Spoorloss" (aka "The Vanishing"-not the American remake). That's an apt comparison, although this book has also been made into a movie as "La Classe de Neige."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Kali
Format:Paperback
This is a spooky little book about childhood, the banality of school trips, nightmares, confusion and the apparent strangeness of the adult world in which this odd story is set.

You have to read this book carefully as it is quite complex but it draws you in, and you are soon wondering if Nicholas' father is ever going to come back with his case, will the missing local boy ever be found alive and has Nicholas' father somehow been involved in his disappearence and why has the toughest and most respected boy on the school trip taken Nicholas, obviously a wimp in the first degree under his wing?

Slowly and almost painfully these questions are answered and like Nicholas, the not quite likable child hero, (he is sometimes endearing though) you are forced to confront a terrible truth and know sometimes forgiveness is not possible either in the adult or world of children...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parents - who'd have 'em 10 May 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Carrere wrote this book BEFORE "The Adversary" and "Class Trip" plays a part in that book. "Class Trip" is altogether a creepily eerie story and strangely believeable because of this. Especially, as I read it after reading "The Adversary", which is a true story. This may have spoilt the story but who knows.
The child who does not want to go along with his class on a ski trip because he is "too precious" did not make me sympathetic to him in the beginning, but I blame the parents! I warmed to the child's vivid imagination as he copes with a very uncomfortable, for him, situation.
The end was slightly predictable, or was it? Maybe this should be 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent short read 3 Feb 2000
By adead_poet@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
for such a short book, carrere seems to have packed everything into that he could. this book is very suspensful. nicholas, the main char, has a very active imagination and reads way too much horror, and carrere uses that to build the tension, suspense and dread as the story reaches its climax. the author did an excellent job telling the story from a child's point of view. there is no overt sex in the story, but throughout you get a hint of homoeroticism.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Work of Psychological Terror 11 Mar 2001
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First of all, let me state that the reviewer below who said this book relies on graphic violence is flat out incorrect. There is no graphic violence described!
This slim novel vividly explores the psychological terror of Nicholas, a sheltered adolescent who is sent to a two-week ski-camp. He is obviously the wimpy outsider, and every encounter with classmates or adults becomes an intense mental test, in which the wrong word could prove fatal. Carerre's understated prose masterfully depicts the terror experienced by an over-imaginative child on his own for the first time, but the suspense really develops when a child from the village near the ski-camp goes missing and is found brutally murdered. While astute readers will easily foresee the conclusion from earlier hints, the inevitable endgame is both gripping and crushing. Someone else compared the book's tone to that of the excellent Dutch film "Spoorloss" (aka "The Vanishing"--not the American remake). That's an apt comparison, although this book has also been made into a movie as "La Classe de neige."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The world of the child is not always a safe place to be... 9 Nov 2004
By Kali - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a spooky little book about childhood, the banality of school trips, nightmares, confusion and the apparent strangeness of the adult world in which this odd story is set.

You have to read this book carefully as it is quite complex but it draws you in, and you are soon wondering if Nicholas' father is ever going to come back with his case, will the missing local boy ever be found alive and has Nicholas' father somehow been involved in his disappearence and why has the toughest and most respected boy on the school trip taken Nicholas, obviously a wimp in the first degree under his wing?

Slowly and almost painfully these questions are answered and like Nicholas, the not quite likable child hero, (he is sometimes endearing though) you are forced to confront a terrible truth and know sometimes forgiveness is not possible either in the adult or world of children...
4.0 out of 5 stars A SUCCESSFUL DEPICTION OF ADOLESCENT ANGST AND CONFUSION 22 Jun 2002
By Larry L. Looney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
...which in itself is quite an achievement. Author Carrere's prose and the insights we are allowed into the mind of his youthful protagonist are vivid and given life with an authentic voice. Nicolas' confusion and anxiety -- the building blocks of adolescnce, if I remember correctly (some things we never forget...) -- are heart-rending and memorable.
In one scene, wherein he experiences his (evidently) first nocturnal emission, he is horrified, at first believing that he has wet his bed -- leading us to the conclusion that his education on this front has been lacking, if not completely absent. Other indications point toward this as well -- he seems to be an above-average, 'normal' (whatever that is) boy, who has been extremely sheltered from the 'real world' by his parents. They have gone out of their way to insure that he not be traumatized by school or his classmates.
Nicolas' father is a travelling salesman -- a purveyor of medical equipment and prosthetic devices, a specialty that lends itself well to Nicolas' imagination and the efforts he makes to make himself 'interesting' to his fellow students. Away from home on a class outing -- a ski-instruction trip -- with his head filled with tales of ghoulish adults harvesting organs from kidnapped children, when a child disappears from the local village, the fuse of his imagination is lit. What follows is an almost Hardy Boys-inspired fascination with the possibilities seen in the child's disappearance -- and some pretty twisted inventions by Nicolas and his partner-in-detection, fellow-student and school tough guy Hodkann. The reality they find at the end of their amateurish investigation comes as a shock to everyone involved -- and Nicolas is the last one to find out.
The suspense in this short novel (easily read in one sitting) is palpable and entertaining -- my only complaint is that the character and psyche of Nicolas was gone into a bit more deeply. It's still an enjoyable read -- and I'll be on the lookout for an earlier novel, THE MUSTACHE, by this author.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning 2 Feb 1998
By M. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Class Trip is an absolutely stunning book - a very tightly written book with more suspense than The Name of the Bullfighter which is itself a great book. An excellent psychological portrayal of middle school age view of the world, of classmates and of "Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew" children's mysteries.
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