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Susan Hill , Andrew Bennett , Jim Taylor , Frank Downes
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31 août 2000 NEW LONGMAN LITERATURE 14-18

"Hooper had known, from the very first moment he had looked into Kingshaw’s face, that it would all be easy, that he would always be able to make him afraid.”

This tragic tale of two isolated children explores the nature of cruelty and the power of evil.




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Biographie de l'auteur

Susan Hill is the author of many books published by Penguin. Her novels include Gentlemen and Ladies and Mrs de Winter, the sequel to Du Maurier's Rebecca. She is also well-known for her children's books (Can it be true? won the Smarties Prize). She has written non-fiction, autobiography & has edited women's short stories and other classic fiction for Penguin. A regular broadcaster and reviewer, Susan Hill lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, Stanley Wells, the Shakespeare scholar. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • Relié: 296 pages
  • Editeur : Longman; Édition : 1 (31 août 2000)
  • Collection : NEW LONGMAN LITERATURE 14-18
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0582434467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582434462
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,3 x 20,5 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 1.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 horrible 1 juillet 2013
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teenage violence.
One boy tortures another, leading the latter to commit suicide. The villain then gets patted on the back...
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A WARNING TO PARENTS 19 août 2001
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This is a novel about irresponsible parenting, and as such should be read by adults as well as children. Susan Hill wants us to see the connection between the tragic events and the conduct of the two parents, Mrs Kingshaw and Mr Hooper. Either parent could have prevented the tragedy if they had been more sensitive to their children. More than anything, it is a novel about a lack of parental love, written by an adult who seems to take the problems children face very seriously indeed.
In the character of Mr Hooper, we see how this lack of love is passed down from generation to generation, like a family legacy. As a child he was forced to see value in the collection of dead moths and butterflies belonging to his father, and prevented from exploring the fields around Warings, the family house. Mr Hooper's relationship with his father was distant, the latter instilling the value of material things, and of the Warings house as an inheritance. Apparently not knowing any better, Joseph Hooper instills the same values in his son, with disasterous consequences. He thinks he can buy the child's affection with material goods, and expects Edmund to go out to play when he wants to be alone. By bringing the Kingshaws to Warings, he thinks that he can create a family, and end the loneliness that he and his son are suffering from. But people are more complex than property. In one scene, Charles Kingshaw tries to force a piece into a jigsaw he is making, but the piece won't fit. It is a metaphor for the way the adults have been trying to make a family.
Mrs Kingshaw, complying with Mr Hooper's attempts to make a family, is equally insensitive to her son's feelings. Their life has involved moving from hotel to hotel, without a stable domestic or family background. So eager is she to put down roots that she ignores the hostility between Charles and Edmund. Both Mrs Kingshaw and Mr Hooper share a fantasy that the two boys are best friends, despite Charles' repeated protests. While we can sometimes sympathise with her as a lonely, single woman, she does not provide Charles with love, and is ignorant of his suffering. The result of both parents' fantasy of happiness, and their failure to give love, is the tragic ending.
Susan Hill's depiction of two parents who are unable to really understand their children is a sobering one; it serves as a warning. Neglect goes some way towards explaining why events unfold as they do; though, in Edmund Hooper, there is something beyond nurture that makes him act cruelly. Nevertheless, in the case of both families, a more loving, understanding environment for the children would have prevented the novel's tragic outcome. The book appeals to teenagers because it does not condescend to them; it shows an awareness of the trials children face but adults dismiss as being of little consequence. Susan Hill writes extremely well, but her major strength, at least as far as this novel goes, is in character (Whilst Edmund is viewed only from the outside, the character of Charles is a brilliant, sensitive depiction of a trapped, distressed child). Guaranteed to provoke debates in the classroom, and should be required reading for parents who like to plan their children's future.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A chilling classic, superbly plotted 24 octobre 2004
Par Bluestalking Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
The horror of this book creeps up on you. Susan Hill paces the plot superbly, unfolding the evil in measured doses as she pulls the reader into the story. The characters are so well-crafted. Hooper is one of the most thoroughly vile characters I've encountered in a long time, and the influence completely good character in the book, is the perfect contrast in the story, and he unwittingly enables Hooper to sink to even greater depths of vileness.. Just a superb book, crafted by a master.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't isolate this book 26 avril 2002
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I had to buy this book as we had to use this book for our literature lessons.
Initially, you may feel there is somehow a hidden meaning or something lacking in the story. However, as you read on, the story unfolds and you will realize the messages Susan Hill is trying to convey to the reader. The main themes of the book are fear, isolation, courage, human relationships and lastly, evil within the soul of a person. Readers will be shocked by how a child can lack innocence, as referred to Edmund Hooper, an important character in the story. Charles Kingshaw, the character we sympathize with greatly, will move us by the devastating circumstances he lives in.
Bullying is no longer a light matter. It can leave a huge scar in one's life and even drive him to suicide. The story holds many symbolic situations and meanings. Parents should no longer underestimate the powers or the deep feelings a child has.
Indulge into the story where you will discover the dark aspects of life.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A book designed to be read at school 23 mai 1999
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Although I have no doubt that "I'm the King of the Castle" is perfectly composed and uses all necessary writing techniques, I must say that in some places it seems cold and sterile. The plot is perfectly feasable, however, and the ending is worth the wait. But if, like me, you have to read it 4 times for school, you may not enjoy it quite as much. Take my advice- ask your teacher to use "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm the King of the Castle 7 janvier 2013
Par Michael Night - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Whilst I enjoyed the story very much, I found myself appalled at the ineptitude of the publisher. From repeated typos to run-on sentences to entire paragraphs being printed several times, it was an embarrassing mess.
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