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A page turner.,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: After the First Death (Cambridge Literature) (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. The book contains a lot of material for discussions about the relationships between the characters, about the way other cultures see the Americans, about patriotism, about similarities among the seeming totally different main characters and finally about the topic itself - terrorism. Furthermore the book shows other characteristics that make it excellent for me. There is no happy end (by the way: the ending could be the beginning of a sequel as well), there is no typical hero and even innocent people die. This honesty Cormier writes with makes this book very close to reality. My result about the book in one word: recommendable.