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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.
A+. The characters were deep and I found myself almost thinking they were real (for some, wishing it true, and others horrified if it were true yet there are similar people out... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Galiason
great book, I would recommend to any fan of Stephen king great adding what was cut out of the original bookPublished 1 day ago by justus
One of the greatest books ever written.....Kings opus and with the extra 400 pages to this restored version....simply amazing, just amazingPublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Great book the uncut version is awesome and includes all the stuff that was originally omitted from the first print.Published 1 day ago by Banana Farmer
I enjoyed this story very much. The extra portions that were added back in are like whipped cream on an ice cream sundae. Absolutely delicious.Published 1 day ago by Gregory K. Brown
Many years after I first read it, King's classic end of days tale still satisfies. The Walkin' Dude and Mother Abagail are protagonists for the ages. I love this book.Published 2 days ago by Karla With A 'K'