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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.
This is my all time favorite Stephen King novel and probably always will be, i understand that it isn't Mr King's favorite book he's written, but i can't wrap my head around... Read morePublished 57 minutes ago by Carla A. Langston
Even if this book is not demanding literature, it is nevertheless quite sophisticated for a thriller/horror read and keeps your thoughts going. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Karpousas
This book will go down as a classic in my mind. Stephen King is a visionary! Imagining the world he has created in The Stand has kept me up for many nights, not able to put the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ashleigh
This is a book of moments. The moment a pregnant young woman must tell her parents her secret. The moment a man who hates his inherent selfishness is looked to as a voice for the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nihlus1080
What an awesome book! ...wonderfully-drawn pictures of how different people would cope with a biological depopulation disaster. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bookman
Excellent read. Even though I read it in pieces over a long period of time,it still flowed. Wanted it to go on .Published 4 days ago by Joel phillips
I'm always fascinated by Stephen King's gift to write stories that are so believable even though I know the events are improbable! 1176 pages of reading pleasure!Published 4 days ago by Nancy Galuski