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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.
Loved this book. Kept my interest on teading the choices the characters made between good and evil. I read so many Stephen King novels in my earlier years. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by sramosec
Long in parts. Especially with descriptions of the surroundings and certain events. However I have been unable to put this book down, only to sleep and work.Published 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic read. Almost as much a sociology book as it is a novel.
I never read the abridged version but I believe the extended version must be better given the sheer number of... Read more
Longish novel, but engaging trough out. As usual in S. King novels, a central theme is good and evil. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Fernando Mora-Carrasco
One of the best books that I've ever read. Matter of fact, I read it three times. Mr. King has an almost legendary ability to develop characters and spin a yarn. Read morePublished 2 days ago by C. Wagner
I made it through 65 percent and thought to myself that Stephen king should of stuck with the original. Sometimes the editors are right to pare down.Published 4 days ago by Caveslime