I Am the Cheese: A Novel

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Pantheon Books, 1977 - Espionage - 233 pages
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1. Adam is pedaling on the bike at the beginning and the end of the novel. What do you think this endless cycling refers to? Does the book have a sense of motion? Is there a destination? 2. Discuss the meaning of the title. Is it significant that it comes from a nursery song sung by Adam at the end of the book? 3. Adam is struggling to understand his identity. What composes his identity? What composes your identity? What defines you? 4. Do you think this novel is a tragedy? What types of injustice are done to Adam? How does the government view him? Does it value him? In what way(s)? 5. Adam is being manipulated by the doctors/ government. How is Cormier manipulating you as the reader and why?

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I felt like the ending to the Usual Suspects. - Goodreads
Cormier's writing is compelling. - Goodreads
See disscusion on the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - theWallflower - LibraryThing

After reading it, I'm still not sure what I thought of it. I felt like I needed to read the book twice, because it's one of THOSE books with the twist ending like "The Usual Suspects" or "The Sixth ... Read full review

Review: I Am the Cheese

User Review  - Kathleen Reilly - Goodreads

After binge-reading current YA top-of-the-listers, this was quite an abrupt change! Dark, sometimes confusing, reminded me a bit of Shutter Island and a much darker Big Fish. Don't read it if you're ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Copyright

About the author (1977)

Robert Cormier began writing novels for adults, but established his reputation as an author of books for young adults, earning critical acclaim with three books, each of which were named New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year: The Chocolate War (1974), I Am the Cheese (1977), and After the First Dark (1979). Cormier was born on January 17, 1925, in Leominster, Mass., where his eighth-grade teacher first discovered his ability to write. Cormier worked as a commercial writer at WTAG-Radio in Worcester, Mass. He also worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist at the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and at the Fitchburg Sentinel. Cormier received the Best Human Interest Story of the Year Award from the Associated Press of New England in 1959 and 1973. He also earned the Best Newspaper Column Award from K.R. Thomson Newspapers, Inc., in 1974. Cormier, who is sometimes inspired by news stories or family events, is known for having serious themes in his work, such as manipulation, abuse of authority, and the ordinariness of evil. These themes are also evident in many of his more than 15 books.

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