Robert Cormier's novel, 'I am the Cheese' is a book I read recently in English class. It was published by the Penguin Group in 1977. It is a triple narrative, in the form of a series of interviews, some flashbacks and a bicycle journey. There is a number of characters in the each of the different scenarios, Adam Farmer is the main character and is in every part of the book. Brint, who is like a psychiatrist is another main character, as well as Amy Hertz, which is Adam's girlfriend and Adam's mother and father.
The book is about intense shrink sessions where Adam recovers his past to Brint and causes him to have breakdowns and take medication. It seems as though Adam is in a sanatorium and he is being analysed by Brint for a specific reason.
Some of the themes in the book would be fear, in how Adam encounters many fearful experiences throughout the book. Another theme is espionage in the way the book is very confidential and many bits of information are not clearly explained and it makes you think yourself.
The climax is filled with suspense and leaves you guessing until the last few pages. It is quite an exciting climax and makes up for the middle of the novel which can be bland and quite ho-hum.
I found this book very interesting. Even though it was not so suspense filled during the centre of the novel, it made up for it in the end with such a surprise of an ending, you will never pick it!
Written By: Robert Butchatsky