Would you recommend this book to anyone? Why?
A number of positive qualities of the novel make The Chocolate War an easy book to recommend, generally speaking, but there are probably specific types of readers that we can discuss that may be most receptive to Cormier's book.
Some of the remarkable things about this short novel are the ways that it presents a complex character dealing with rather imprecise emotional conflicts. The novel couples this psychological character study with well-defined interpersonal conflict. The combination of these two approaches to conflict give the novel depth and dimensional.
Jerry is a well-drawn character coping with loss and grief. He is also an independently minded young person who stands against the social pressure (i.e., peer pressure) put on by both students and teachers in the school. By fusing the internal conflict Jerry experiences with an external conflict, Cormier successfully creates a very dynamic and compelling story.
This is not just a book about individualism and independence. It is...
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