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Le Combat d'hiver (edition 2010)

by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

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Title:Le Combat d'hiver
Authors:Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Info:Gallimard Jeunesse (2010), Poche, 432 pages
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Winter Song by Jean-Claude Mourlevat


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It started out promising enough but Winter's End ultimately did not deliver. Winter's End is about an oppressive government called the Phalangists. The boarding schools the four leads are in are very strict and cruel. This was where the book could have gotten away with not explaining enough how the Phalangists operated. The school discourages talking and the students are formed in solidarity not to turn on each other. No one in the community interacted with them and news of the real world was kept from them. They had three outside appointments a year to see a consolor. Helen is depressed and has an attachment to hers so she takes Milena along with her.Milena meets a cute boy named Bart and they run away together.The school has a system that if a student doesn't return then another child takes their place "in the sky". The sky is a dark dungeon.This system works because the students have a system that no one turns on the other. I expected more consequences to result from Milena and Bart taking off as two other students were locked in dark dungeons in their place.Bart felt some guilt but Milena had a birth right of being fawned over and had beautiful blond hair. She was underwritten to the say the least. Her mom was a singer for the resistance movement so naturally once people heard her sing then everyone would rebel against the government.Why on earth do people today pick presidential candidates on actors ["Oooh Tyra Banks likes this guy so I will too."] and why was her mom that influential? That still didn't make sense people would rebel because she sang. The few glimpses of the town seemed like DDR Germany. The secret police hid behind newspapers and everyone told on each other.You would think Milena abandonment that resulted in Catharina being imprisoned might have set off a chain reaction. Why didn't these kids work the systems too? There parents were all resistance movement people but surely Totalitarianism isn't inherited?We didn't get enough of the outside world to explain the rebellion. This wasn't The Hunger Games. I often found myself at times wishing it was. There were many ways it could have gone on to be interesting but then didn't happen. I kept waiting for Helen to do something other than pine for Milos or follow Milena around. They left her behind twice. Milena and Bart live happily ever after cause their parents were comely and talented. Helen never learned her precious Paula, a counselor called consoler wasn't that great. She earned her living off comforting the abused children but admitted to liking the system because she had a place in it. I skipped the Milos scenes where he battled in the arena. His story wasn't very compelling.I wish we'd have learned more about the other kids who escaped the school after they did it.The bottom line is the resistance was weak like the fake French resistance so popular in films and a.. err.. *quiet voice* Sweet Valley Twin book I read as a kid. ( )
  peptastic | Jun 1, 2012 |
+ ou - 300p. Vocabulaire avancé. Je recommande ce livre pour les lectrices de la 8e année. Ce livre m'a été recommandé sans que je sache à quoi m'attendre! Épatant! Pendant les prochaines 20 pages, Jean-Claude Mourlevat nous fait penser que ce livre ressemblera un peu à l'histoire de "Les Choristes": des enfants et leur vie dans un orphelinat... Bien ce n'est pas cela du tout! Chaque fois qu'on fait une prédiction, on se trouve à un complètement différent événement! Impossible à prédire! Quel plaisir à lire! Toujours des surprises et le suspense ressort très bien. Ce livre est excellent pour les ados qui sont lecteurs et les adultes! Des parties qui ne sont pas vraisemblables, mais je n'ai pas pu arrêter de lire à partir du début. ( )
  aimelire | Apr 17, 2012 |
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Winter's end is a moving story of kids fighting to survive. I would recommend it to anyone.
  ardnassac | May 31, 2011 |
Several years ago there was a political coup and the Phalangist took over. A group of children were sent off to incredibly strict boarding school so the government could keep an eye on them. Four of these children have managed to escape their boarding schools and are making a run to join the new revolution to overthrow the Phalange.

These four children each have their own role to play as they find out more of their past, their parents, and why they have been locked up at school for so long. A very interesting look at the world, but the characters were a little stagnant. They did adapt and learn new things, but it always seemed to be with the same attitude.

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  jasmyn9 | Apr 19, 2011 |
Translated from French, Winter's End is a strange, complex novel about teens who are trying to save their world. It's a world similar to our own, but at the same time very, very different. The teens are students who escape from their school in order to figure out what's really going on in their world. It's something of an adventure, though things don't turn out how they expect, at all. ( )
  callmecayce | Oct 11, 2010 |
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I thought this book was good. It kept you on the edge on wanting to read more. Beautifully written.
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Four teenagers escape from their prison-like boarding schools to take up the fight against the tyrannical government that murdered their parents fifteen years earlier. Fleeing across icy mountains from a pack of terrifying dog-men sent to hunt them down, only three of the friends make it safely to Jahn’s Restaurant, the headquarters of a secret resistance movement. It is here they learn about courage, freedom and love, and discover the astonishing power of one voice as the battle begins – to free a depressed and terrified nation from a generation of cruelty, and to save their captured friend, forced to fight to the death in a barbaric ancient game.
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In a gripping dystopian novel, four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices — and reemerging hope.

Escape. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril. Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced to participate in a barbaric game for the amusement of the masses — further proof of the government’s horrible brutality. Will the power of one voice be enough to rouse a people against a generation of cruelty? Translated from the French, this suspenseful story of courage, individualism, and freedom has resonated with young readers across the globe.

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