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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.
Reread. Uncut version has more character and plot development which is great but tends to slow the storyline down a bit. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Epic book that still holds up very well for the most part. I found the characters to be very engaging. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Drew Schindler
I've always stayed away from Stephen King's writing because I don't like the killing/zombie/clown/freaky genre, but this book is magnificently written.Published 4 days ago by .
3rd time is a charm. I loved this book then and love it still
Creepiest book ever. Say thank you amen!
My favorite Stephen King's book, if I had to choose one (right along with "It" and "Pet cemetery".Published 6 days ago by Tahoegirl
Gunslinger series aside, my absolute favorite King book. So many other authors have borrowed from and imitated him. This novel stands the test of time. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Fred Waltz
best book ever written. if you love it like i did try Swan Song by Robert McCammonPublished 7 days ago by chris gilland