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Students' Reactions To Charlie Decker

Discussion in 'Rage' started by NightShifter, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Yes, re-read. Just for what it was.
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  2. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Thanks - he is 29 now but still has not taken any courses yet on what he would like to do - working with cars. Hopefully we can get him into an auto body repair course as currently he just does manual labour - working in a plant type setting doing repetitive work. He does not mind it, but it is not something he wants to do the rest of his life!

    Back to the thread topic - I have yet to read Rage - I bought the Bachman Books mainly just to add to my collection.

    One of these days I will pick it up and read it - it is just such a dark topic. Not currently in the mood for that type of book - feeling much more optimistic and upbeat these days!
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  3. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    I think Rage is less about the violent aspect - that is just the setting - and more about the interpersonal dynamics present in every high school. There's a clear hierarchy; there are roles to play; there are social expectations; there's a sense of timelessness that we seem to forget when we leave that point in our lives. I think even adults in the environment (teachers, administrators) can't really understand these things.

    To me, THAT is what this novel is really about. Charlie does what he does ; the kids react the way they react. That's not really what it's about. Bringing all the hidden parts of their lives out to be seen and discussed? THAT'S the meat of it.

    And I don't think a 40-, 50-, or 60-year-old King could have written it.
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  4. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    He did work as an English teacher at a high school so it must have been fresh in his mind (and like you said - he was much younger then).
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  5. Anduan Pirate Princess

    Anduan Pirate Princess Well-Known Member

    I feel a bit sheepish, almost, saying that I really enjoyed this book, as I was a sophomore in high school when the Columbine incident occurred, and so am of the generation that is super sensitive when it comes to things like this. I found a really crappy-quality narration on YouTube that I listened to at work most of yesterday, and the guy read it in a sort of detached, upbeat tone, which I think made all the difference. I'm wondering if I would have liked it as much if I had just read it. I found Charlie's character to be charming from the beginning. Lots of hilarious bits thrown in amongst the drama, as always. The reaction of the kids in the class didn't seem so unnatural to me at all. At that age, the mind is a bit more accepting to weird circumstances. I enjoyed the fact that most of the plot was not an intense murder spree, but rather a calm discussion among classmates who were really seeing and hearing each other for the first time. Very Lord of the Flies meets The Breakfast Club and Dog Day Afternoon.
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