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The story unfolds in one continuous chapter, told in the first person by the cranky, 65-year-old housekeeper, Dolores, who is explaining to police officers and a stenographer how and why she killed her husband, Joe, 30 years ago. At the same time, in her rambling monologue, she insists that she did not kill her longtime employer, Vera Donovan--notwithstanding what the residents of Little Tall Island may be whispering. Joe was a drinker, and, as Dolores gradually argues, he deserved to die for the horrifying crimes he committed against his family. But Vera, despite her cantankerous disposition as a lady governing her decaying estate with her precise rules about even the most mundane household chore ("Six pins! Remember to use six pins! Don't you let the wind blow my good sheets down to the corner of the yard!"), was a good woman--or at least not an evil one. She was the woman who hired the young Dolores and kept her on even after Dolores got pregnant again. Dolores cleaned and cared for her even as the old matron faded into senility.
Dolores Claiborne is a rich novel that recalls the regionalist writing of the turn of the century. It is a fine place for a skeptical newcomer--put off by King's reputation for outright terror--to start. And for fans, it is a book that offers new insights into an author who's an old favorite. --Patrick O'Kelley
I have always loved this movie. And the book is of course much better!! I finished it in a weekend!Published 12 days ago by LDBArrett
I need more than 5 stars to properly rate this book. A brilliant masterpiece!
No spooky stuff this time from Mr. King. Read more
It was an exciting read. Although it was not my cup of tea, i will not deny that it was wonderfully done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AP Navarro
This is one of my favorite Stephen King books. It's not a "horror" novel and there are only a few bits of things that could be considered "supernatural" in it, which I'll get to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SFReader
I devoured this book, and I enjoyed the movie version as well.
This book is one long near-monologue. Read more