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After the First Death (Children's literature) (Englisch) Hörkassette – Gekürzte Ausgabe, November 1982


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  • Hörkassette
  • Verlag: Random House; Auflage: Abridged (November 1982)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0394625544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394625546
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (47 Kundenrezensionen)
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Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14–18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. It will feature writing in English from various genres and differing times. After the First Death by Robert Cormier is edited by John Lancaster, Head of English at the Ken Simpton Community School in Peterborough. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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9 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 4. April 2001
Format: Taschenbuch
We read 'After The First Death' as our first book in our English course and when I read the first few lines on the back of the book I thought 'Wow. A hijacking drama. Another one... As described in thousands of other films and books. Probably full of blood, splatter and stupid action.' But anyway I had to read it. And now I am glad that I had to. Because this book is different - in so many ways. The first chapter is about Ben, the son of a general. The beginning looks more like a family drama and there are only very few hints on the main event: a schoolbus is hijacked by a small group of terrorists, among them a young boy named Miro. The children's only hope seems to be Kate, the bus driver. A twisting story starts, full of suspense, where finally Ben is involved in. I personally think the book is written in a great way. Cormier uses different point of views and the reader gets to know every most intimate thought at the right time. There are scenes which are described as detailed as necssary and other ones where the author only gives slight hints. I love these passages because the reader himself usually starts thinking about the situation; nevertheless this does not mean that he might finally come to a clear or confirmed result, there is just too much room for speculations and interpretations. This might make the book a bit confusing (especially chapter eleven) but in my opinion this is one of the excellent attributes of the book that make it to a real 'page turner'. Cormier's writing style is fluent and the language figurative, filled with fitting metaphors and similes.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "tequiero6" am 26. Mai 2004
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Review: After the first death - Robert Cormier

The book "After the first death" by Robert Cormier is about events of the hijacking of a school bus in the USA and the relationships of the involved characters.
Four terrorists kidnap a bus full of children and a young female driver. Also involved are an army general and his son who is tortured by the terrorists.
The atmosphere of the book is very dark and there are shown a lot of scaring feelings, so for example about committing suicide or about not having any positive feelings for any human being.
The events of the hijacking are described from different perspectives, the perspective of the hostages, Miro's one, the perspective of the general and his son. The chapter in which the situation in the bus is described are written in the third person, but you see the thoughts of Kate and Miro. The relationship of the general and his son Ben is described first by Ben and then by his father, in each case it is written in the first person.
Cormier writes predominantly in short sentences and switches often between the characters. This style of writing makes the book thrilling and confusing at the same time.
I liked the book very much, because it is the first book I had to read in school that was not boring, but really thrilling. In none of the chapters you can foreknow how the book ends or how the relationships of the different characters change. Every time the relationships change and you get to know new sides of a characters mind, your own emotional mood changes. You go from hating characters to sympathizing with them, then back to hating them.
For me the most interesting point was that I could get into the mind of a terrorist and see how their minds work and how they feel and think.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 15. Juli 2001
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As far as I'm concerned I was really fascinated by the book. I was really eager to read it even before we were allowed to do so. Thus, the book is very thrilling and shows different relationships very clearly. The characters are three-dimensional, unlike in many other books. You can identify with them. They are not the typical heroes like they are shown in other novels. On the contrary, they have weaknesses which are clearly shown by the author. That makes characters like Kate and Miro human. The reader can truly identify with them because they are not artificial but created like human beings are. Besides, the story is very thrilling. Once having taken the book in your hand, it's difficult to put it away. It's exciting from the beginning to the very end. In the book there are always scenes where new hope is hinted at. That's what makes the book so great. The book's subject is present every day and almost all people are involved. Terrorism is shown daily in the news and in the papers. The reason why I've only given four stars is the end of the book. Although I've considered many endings - as surprising as they might be - this end was not an option at all. The book has a message which is very worthy. I learned from the book that one can't rely on things turning out well. You have to fight to reach your aims and you have to do whatever you can, with nothing left undone. Thus, I think the book is really great!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Tristram Shandy TOP 500 REZENSENTVINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 2. August 2010
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It is hard to believe that Robert Cormier wrote "After the First Death" as early as in 1979, as you would think the plot was inspired by some of the gruesome events of the last few years, but Cormier's pessimism was apparently well ahead of its time - if pessimism can ever be that.

Cormier's tale is terse and yet complex, as it offers us a variety of different perspectives, often changing ones within one paragraph, which makes the novel quite a demanding treat. The story is about the hijacking of a bus of pre-school children on their way to summer camp by a group of four terrorists from an unspecified country somewhere to the south. Miro, the youngest terrorist, is about to pass his initiation by killing the bus driver the moment the bus is parked on an old railway bridge. The original driver, however, has been stood in for by his teenage niece Kate Forrester, and Artkin, the terrorists' ringleader, decides to spare her for a while in order to have somebody to calm down the children, who are also being drugged by the hijackers, which causes the death of one little boy. The terrorists demand the release of some of their accomplices, a large amount of money for the continuance of their cause and the disbandment of a secret government organization to do with countering terrorist attacks. The government, of course, is unwilling to concede, especially in this latter point, so that the military decides to take the bus by force.

Cormier's novel is more than just a book about the roots and motives of terrorism, although the figure of Miro can teach us something about how young people are recruited for terror organizations in poorer countries. It is, as far as I see it, basically a book about how adolescents are influenced by their parents.
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