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The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.
"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke."
There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and the Stand is my favorite Stephen King book. I first read it in the early 80's not too long after it came out. Read morePublished 56 minutes ago by Deborah Dipert
M-O-O-N spells Magnificent Outstanding Overall Nukemfantastic. The Stand is testament to man's stupidity playing God where the Devil lurks in the shadows. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by tassy
Love this book, and love how it ties into so many of his other books.Published 23 hours ago by Rebecca Adams
loved this book from start to end. attached to the characters..wish it had not ever ended! it's a must read :)Published 1 day ago by Pat
King has taken a good book and added a lot of trivia just for the sake of making a longer book. Some of the details were a nice addition but did not add anything positive to the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by DJ & Wanda Davis
1000 + pages ,it did not seem that long. A masterwork from the King of horror.I could not put it down