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I Am the Cheese (Laurel-Leaf Library) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 2003

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library; Reprint edition (31 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440940605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440940609
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 770,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Cormier's dark, psychological thriller, I Am The Cheese, is one of the most chilling and disturbing books of its kind. As Adam Farmer begins to reveal his darkest fears to a faceless and nameless psychiatrist, he is forced to look deep into his memory to discover why he made such a treacherous journey to get to this point. As the events and suspicions that led Adam to the physchiatrist's chair begin to form more clearly in his mind, he is obliged to face the undeniable truth about the fearful secrets and nightmares that his mind has chosen to erase.

Cormier is in dangerously fine form in this excellent book. His uncompromising and sometimes traumatic prose makes for a thriller that is at once terrifying and compulsive as it races towards its shocking climax, leaving as many questions unanswered at the end of the book as at the beginning. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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" A horrifying tale . . . the buildup of suspense is terrific." "- School Library Journal, "Starred
" AN ABSORBING, EVEN brilliant job. The book is assembled in mosaic fashion: a tiny chip here, a chip there. . . . Everything is related to something else; everything builds and builds to a fearsome climax. . . . Cormier . . . has the knack of making horror out of the ordinary, as the masters of suspense know how to do." - "The New York Times Book Review"

"A horrifying tale . . . the buildup of suspense is terrific." "- School Library Journal, "Starred"AN ABSORBING, EVEN brilliant job. The book is assembled in mosaic fashion: a tiny chip here, a chip there. . . . Everything is related to something else; everything builds and builds to a fearsome climax. . . . Cormier . . . has the knack of making horror out of the ordinary, as the masters of suspense know how to do." - "The New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
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
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This is not a book you read for the read. You read it to make you think. To look at themes and reality. Robert Cormier is an outstanding writer, and this book will hold you fast all the way through. It is a sad book, but it's supposed to be that way. When asked if he ever would write a happy book for young adults, Cormier is reported to have said no, that there are enough "happy" books out there, and kids need to have a taste of reality too. It is really well written, but is not meant to give you warm fuzzies.
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By A Customer on 22 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier is a psychological thriller which continuously switches between a story told by a teenage boy named Adam involving the search for this father and his obsession with his girlfriend, and tape recorded conversations between Adam and a psychologist.
This novel is complex, inventive, highly bizarre, and totally suspenseful. From the very start to the chilling end, this book keeps you turning the pages in order to find out the truth. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Robert Cormier's 'I Am The Cheese' is a novel about a boy called Adam Farmer and how his quite 'normal' life was unexpectedly turned upside-down. This occurs when he stumbles upon some knowledge about himself that could mean the difference between life and death. The novel is set in three places; Monument - Massachusetts, the journey from Monument to Rutterburg - Vermont and in an interview room. There are few characters in the story with Adam, his parents, his girlfriend Amy Hertz, Brint (the interviewer) and Grey (Thompson) being the main characters. Adam's girlfriend, Amy is a mischevous character who he loves greatly but finds distressing because he cannot reveal the truth to her. Grey is a mysterious man who comes to the Farmer household every week to talk to Adam's father in private. Brint (T) interviews 'A' in a separate segment that gets referred to throughout the novel and links up to the story line toward the end. I Am The Cheese is written in the form of a tripple-narrative. The story is broken into three sections, switching between each one, each viewing Adam Farmer's story from various view-points. There is an interview between Adam and a man called 'Brint', the story of Adam and how he lived in Vermont and how he found out about his 'real' situation and the journey that Adam went on in order to visit his sick father in Rutterburg, Vermont.
The main themes and issues being adressed in this novel are fear, trust and reality-versus-appearance. Adam seems to be scared of everything; open and closed spaces, spiders, dogs, bullies, the 'never-knows' and a long list of other 'phobias'. Adam doesn't know who to trust, the only people he can feel vaguely trusting to, is his family and even they didn't reveal the truth to him until he worked it out for himself.
I found Robert Cormier's I Am The Cheese an interesting read with an unexpected and weird twist at the end. Cormier kept the reader entertained by leaving you wondering what's going to happen next.
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This fiction book written by Robert Comier " I am the cheese", is and outstanding book for any reader. This book is well written with great depth, and variety in all styles of writing. He tells a great story, which is never dull, and is great fun to read, but can be confusing in some places. This plot surrounds the story of a boy named Adam Farmer and his journey to meet his father. During this strange journey, he learns about the truth of his family, and friends. This takes a great unexpected turn for Adam, who suffers greatly from the new truth he has found out. This great story is set in 3 places; Adam's trip to Rutternburg, Adam's past life and his psychiatric interviews. I am the cheese is written in 3 different narratives, which adds variety to the story. Overall this novel," I am the cheese", has a great plot, and is very interesting, in all aspects. I would thoroughly advice, anyone to read it.
By David Brown.
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