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I'm the King of the Castle (Anglais) Relié – 31 août 2000

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"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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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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Par punch le 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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The book is quite old but it's very clean! I was looking for this book for at least one year and I finally found it on amazon!
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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
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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 I'm the King of the Castle 7 janvier 2013
Par Michael Night - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Addition To The Dark IGCSE Syllabus 1 août 2014
Par Flynn Walker - Publié sur
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This book was sinister and depressing, but a huge eye-opener to the potential evil of children and the oblivion of adults to it. It is a solid addition to the IGCSE syllabus, paired with Shakespearean tragedy Julius Caesar and The Siege, a romantic exploration of the worst siege in history. From the first page the gothic tone is set, with all of the macabre symbolism of crows, rhododendrons, blackbirds, owls, and foxes. In spite of the extremity of the characters' outcome, the toxic relationship between two youths is one I can definitely relate to. This book will no doubt spark psychological debate all across the world in IGCSE English classes.
Additionally, Hill is extremely effective in making us feel for the characters. I was surprised at the strength of my hate for Mrs. Kingshaw and Hooper, my pity for Kingshaw, and my love of Fielding. This effective immersion of the character's feelings makes for a tragically shocking ending. I will definitely be reading more of Hill's literature.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't isolate this book 26 avril 2002
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Format: Relié
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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