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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.
Like "The Dome", "The Stand" is an interesting idea and a good story, but is bogged down by unnecessary and silly personal story lines and juvinal conversations... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Jim H
Even though it is a long read, this is by far my favorite fiction novel I have ever had the joy of reading. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by MatStephens
There's darkness here, but hope too, just the way a good novel should be. I just re-read it and it was as riveting the 2nd time as the first. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This book is near and dear to my heart. I first read the edited version when it was first published. It was my first Stephen King experience and I was hooked for life. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
King spins a classic tale of good versus evil. A flu virus is released from a U.S. Military facility and all hell breaks loose on earth, ushering in an "end times"... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Invisible Man
I read The Stand when I was relatively young. Older, wiser and a little more learned, I feel it has stood the test of time, despite (or maybe because of) the additions. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Stefanie Teeter
One of my all time favorite Stephen King books. This was my fifth read (second time of the extended version). You won't be sorry with the time investment. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ravenous Reader