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I'm the King of the Castle (NEW LONGMAN LITERATURE 14-18) (1970 original; edició 2000)

de Susan Hill (Autor)

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Discover a chilling twentieth century classic, delving into the dark and complex heart of childhood 'Some people are coming here today, now you will have a companion.' But young Edmund Hooper doesn't want anyone else in Warings, the rambling Victorian house he shares with his widowed father. Nevertheless Charles Kingshaw and his mother are soon installed and Edmund sets about persecuting his fearful new playmate. From the dusty back rooms of Warings through the gloomy labyrinth of Hang Wood to the very top of Leydell Castle, Edmund pursues Charles, the balance of power slipping back and forth between bully and victim. With their parents oblivious, the situation speeds towards a crisis... Darkly claustrophobic and morally ambiguous, Susan Hill weaves a classic tale of cruelty, power, and the dangerous games we play as children. 'A brilliant tour de force' Guardian 'Equalled for poignancy and horror only in Lord of the Flies' Sunday Telegraph 'Delves beneath the surface of complex young minds, exposing not only their vulnerabilty and tenderness, their cruelty and malevolence, but also how parents end up turning a blind eye to their pain' Anita Sethi… (més)
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Títol:I'm the King of the Castle (NEW LONGMAN LITERATURE 14-18)
Autors:Susan Hill (Autor)
Informació:Longman (2000), Edition: New Ed, 296 pages
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I'm the King of the Castle de Susan Hill (1970)

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A psychological masterpiece illuminating the often terrifying dynamics of the minds of children in a way that I think Lord of the Flies is meant to. But I couldn't read past the first few pages of that one. THIS one grabbed me and kept me hooked right to the bitter inevitable end. Edmund Hooper is 11 years old; he and his father live alone in a big dark house where he feels quite content and settled, until his father hires a housekeeper for the summer. Mrs. Helen Kingshaw is a young widow with a son Edmund's age who is intended to be his companion. Despite the adults' misguided hopes, these two boys are NOT meant for each other. Edmund does not want anything to change--he doesn't mind the lack of a woman in the house, nor does he miss having a friend. "I don't want anything to be done about it, nobody must come here" he often thinks to himself. For his part, Charles Kingshaw is no happier with his new circumstances. He does not want to make himself congenial to Mr. Hooper or to Edmund; he is frightened of many things, not the least of which is revealing his fears to anyone. He had been comfortable at school, though, and simply wishes to be left alone to amuse himself until he can go back there. But he can see that it is no good; his mother and Mr. Hooper blindly insist that the boys are certain to get along and benefit from each other's company. They are the dimmest, most selfish and insensitive of adults. And Edmund is wickedly, cruelly tuned in to Charles's weaknesses. The only option for Charles is to leave when the opportunity presents itself. AND THEN....nope, you'll have to read it for yourself. ( )
1 vota laytonwoman3rd | Jul 8, 2017 |
Not comfortable with the topic of bullying. ( )
  Carolinejyoung | Dec 28, 2016 |
What a really beautifully written book.
But oh, how bleak and depressing and unfortunately, how shocking and true.
Although a young adult book, and indeed a book that really should be read by every boy in their early teens, it is also a story that we only 'get' when viewing from the perspective that life experience and adulthood can allow. ( )
  stevierbrown | Mar 22, 2016 |
I'm the King of the Castle Susan Hill
2 stars

The blurb on the back compared this book to Lord of the Flies well the only similarity I can see is that when I first read LOTF as a teenager I disliked that as well, however re-reading LOTF as an adult I appreciated the world and conflict Golding had created and while I wouldn't say I enjoyed the storyline I really appreciated the writing, somehow I don't think a re-read will help this book.

I don't like giving 2 star reviews and most books I read are 3 stars but I just couldn't justify to myself giving this more than 2 stars.

So the story centres on 2 boys around 11 years old, the fatherless Kingshaw and the motherless Hooper. Hoopers father has money and has moved into the family ancestral home while Kingshaws mother is poor and has been employed as housekeeper to the Hoopers. The parents believe that the boys being the same age and living in the same house will automatically be friends...Wrong!! Hooper resents sharing his home and father while Kingshaw resents spending summer in the country instead of away with his school friends, it soon becomes clear the boys hate each other.

The story takes place over the summer holidays while the adults are blissfully unaware the boys set out to torment each other, deliberately in one case and not so deliberately in the other. Each boys fears are exposed and ridiculed and various incidents occur which could have turned serious.

The problem for me was the "good" boy was not so good and the "evil" boy was not so evil, for me at least there was never any real tension, I think the author wanted the reader to imagine what was going on in the boys heads however the characters were both not likeable enough to empathise with and so the tension from the boys mind was no existent in the writing for me. The ending was predictable and I had been expecting it for several chapters, there was one incident that I think if it had turned out differently would have made a better ending but sadly it didn't.

All in all I was disappointed with this read ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
'he could not have imagined the charm it afforded him, having Kingshaw here, thinking of things to do to him',, November 16, 2014

This review is from: I'm the King of the Castle (Kindle Edition)
An absolutely riveting, heart-rending read, that I got through in one afternoon. Totally gets into the mind of young children - the pleasure for the bully and the inescapable torment for the victim - mocked if he is seen to cry, disbelieved by his elders...

When 11 year old Charles Kingshaw and his widowed mother go to live and keep house for wealthy Mr Hooper and his similarly aged son, it seems (to the adults) an ideal arrangement. But young Edmund Hooper's relentless mental bullying of this boy he sees as an intruder is brilliantly depicted.
I started this thinking it was well written but couldn't quite see how it justified being a GCSE text - but as I got further into it, this became very evident. Fantastic read. ( )
  starbox | Nov 16, 2014 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 8 (següent | mostra-les totes)
In I'm the King of the Castle , Hooper, the unnervingly heartless 10-year-old bully, has short choppy sentences, the rhythm beating out menace poised on the edge of childish simplicity. For Kingshaw, his victim, Hill writes in longer, more meandering sentences with heightened vocabulary, conveying his anxiety and the intensity of a child's feelings. "Unlike many women writers, she shows a real understanding of how men's and boys' minds work," adds Eric Anderson, a family friend and provost of Eton College. "She doesn't patronise the boys in King of the Castle, which is why it's still so popular in schools. The story is told honestly through their eyes."
afegit per KayCliff | editaThe Guardian, Hadley Freeman (Oct 18, 2003)
 

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Discover a chilling twentieth century classic, delving into the dark and complex heart of childhood 'Some people are coming here today, now you will have a companion.' But young Edmund Hooper doesn't want anyone else in Warings, the rambling Victorian house he shares with his widowed father. Nevertheless Charles Kingshaw and his mother are soon installed and Edmund sets about persecuting his fearful new playmate. From the dusty back rooms of Warings through the gloomy labyrinth of Hang Wood to the very top of Leydell Castle, Edmund pursues Charles, the balance of power slipping back and forth between bully and victim. With their parents oblivious, the situation speeds towards a crisis... Darkly claustrophobic and morally ambiguous, Susan Hill weaves a classic tale of cruelty, power, and the dangerous games we play as children. 'A brilliant tour de force' Guardian 'Equalled for poignancy and horror only in Lord of the Flies' Sunday Telegraph 'Delves beneath the surface of complex young minds, exposing not only their vulnerabilty and tenderness, their cruelty and malevolence, but also how parents end up turning a blind eye to their pain' Anita Sethi

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