Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"The Rag and Bone Shop" By Robert Cormier

This book is a tale of an innocent young boy, a determined interrogator, and a dead young girl. The story? A young girl named Alicia was killed, and the only one to see her alive was a young boy named Jason...except, of course, the one who killed her, unless Jason was the one who killed her. To find out if Jason was that man, an insomniac detective named Braxton hires an interrogator named Trent. Throughout the coarse of this book, Trent peers into the mind of Jason to discover his true nature. Trent ruthlessly warps Jason's mind, twists Jason's thinking, and defaces Jason's state of mind. I found this to be a great book. However, the ending was somewhat unsatisfying. The irony is almost idiotic when the murderer is found. However, I did somewhat feel satisfied with how Jason turned out. All in all, I give this fictional book a 4/5 stars. Too bad we can't see more great things from Robert Cormier, as he died after finishing this book.

6 comments:

The Librarian said...

Good thing he wrote many other terrific books before he died - check out some of his other titles, like "The Chocolate War."

Game Designer said...

I might do that.

SnowPrincess13 said...

In English Honors, the whole class read this book. I thought it was good. I agree with you Game Designer. The ending was terrible. It ended too quickly. Compared to the beginning and middle, the ending was a disgrace. I would also rate this book 4/5. Oh and I would like to say- Game Designer, you have posted alot of reviews on here and they are all very well written!! Nice Job. With your beatiful reviews, I'm sure alot of people want to read the books you have posted. Good Work.

The Librarian said...

A book we have in the library about Robert Cormier said that at the time of his death, the book was finished but "unpolished." Perhaps the ending would have been different...?

Game Designer said...

Perhaps librarian, but now we'll never know. Unless the time machine and the re-animation device get perfected.

The Librarian said...

Better get working on that...