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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My view of The Stand by Stephen King

I have to wonder at Mr. King.  He writes so beautifully, with word pictures that pull the reader into the story.  His characters are distinctive.  His plot is well thought out and interesting.  However.
My book club chose The Stand for November, and I really tried hard to do it justice.  But the man's mind is too full of the worst of the human experience.  The book, of course, is about "good" vs
"evil" personified by a "good" old woman with visions and a satanic leader/cult of mind controlling
abilities to make people draw up sides as to whether they will sell their souls to the devil or not.

If there was any disgusting thing one human might do to another, it was brought to life in that book.
It was 400 pages too long, which was not necessary, and when I started getting nightmares from it I knew I was through trying to slog through the deprivation.

Why would he write a book like that?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the review; I will avoid it. May I give you another one. I read Casual Vacancy by the great J. K. Rowling. I love her books; I was looking forward to this one. It is depressing and sad. You put it accurately: If there was any disgusting thing one human might do to another..., perhaps not disgusting, but nasty and no satan to blame. I suppose if you want to read about the distorted lives of teenagers in Britain, you might like it.
    Sorry for the bad report. May I recommend the Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield for your book club. It's really good. Or Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. These are really good!