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Book Title: Heroes, Robert Cormier: Notes. by Marian Slee|
The author of the book: Robert Cormier
Edition: Longman Publishing Group
Date of issue: October 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781405835596
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.1
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Like many others on this website, I had to read this novel in my English Literature Class. At the time, I thought it was great. The synopsis made the novel sound promising, intriguing and full of potential. Mostly, I was just glad it wasn't written by Shakespeare.
I went into this book with expectations. Francis would kill Larry LaSalle - that was a given. Francis continuously told himself that as soon as Larry LaSalle moved back into Frenchtown, he would shoot him. And then Francis didn't. He couldn't bring himself to. Francis only wanted to kill the part of LaSalle that had ruined his and Nicole's childhood. However, as soon as you met Francis, you knew he simply wouldn't be able to carry out his plan. Emotionally, Francis was quite feeble and Francis loved Larry LaSalle. There was no mistaking that Larry LaSalle was Francis' hero.
Before, I felt that Francis not killing Larry was a slight let down but now I realise that not every book needs a plot twist to be great. I don't think Robert Cormier wanted this novel to be exciting and intriguing - I think he would have wanted it to be thought-provoking and it is! I could argue that the book was anti-climatic but I wasn't disappointed when Francis wouldn't shoot Larry. I felt that Larry had got his deserved fate when he lost his legs because it meant he could no longer be the Larry LaSalle he was (strutting about like Fred Astaire and with an air of self-confidence) and LaSalle is described as a shadow of who he used to be.
One thing I admired in this book was the complex characters and the theme of what makes a hero. None of the characters were stereotypes and each character had committed good deeds and bad deeds making them neither angelic or evil. There is a fine line between what it means to be a good or bad person and Cormier showed us just how blurred the line can be. Larry asks a question near to the end of the book that captures the book's central theme perfectly, "Does that one sin of mine wipe away all the good things?".
However, something I would point out is that some people seemed to have misinterpreted the narratives of the three different time periods. Also, the majority of my English Lit class didn't enjoy this book as they had expected it to be intense. If you are looking for an action-packed book, this is probably not for you. The most fast-paced scene was the table-tennis match.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel. I think it deserves 3.5 stars but as I couldn't give it that, I've given it 4 stars because it definitely leans more towards four than three on the star spectrum. Thanks for reading!
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Read information about the authorRobert Edmund Cormier (January 17, 1925–November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes such as abuse, mental illness, violence, revenge, betrayal and conspiracy. In most of his novels, the protagonists do not win.
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