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The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red Hardcover – January, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
A mysterious and haunting spirit lurks within the walls of Rose Red, the setting for Stephen King's upcoming ABC miniseries tie-in by the same name. Built on a Native American burial ground in early 20th-century Seattle, the mansion which is constantly under construction sets the scene for a multitude of inexplicable disappearances and ghastly deaths. While moody oil tycoon John Rimbauer refuses to acknowledge that the house has a mind of its own, his young wife, Ellen, dramatizes these eerie events with great detail in her diary, often personifying the house as if it were a living being. (Or, perhaps, a non-living being?) While the evolution of Ellen's character from innocent and submissive to frighteningly powerful is a slow process, the language and questioning nature of her entries entice the reader as the mystery of Rose Red is brought into full bloom. Ellen also reveals frustration and disappointment with her marriage namely her husband's unfaithfulness and alarmingly frequent involvement in voyeuristic activities as well as a growing confusion about her sexual identity and attachment to her friend and African handmaid, Sukeena. In addition to extensive dialogue that makes the diary seem a tad more like a novel than someone's personal confessions, Ellen's entries are accompanied by a handful of explanatory notes put in by the "editor" and supposed professor of paranormal studies, Joyce Reardon. The people mentioned in the diary, as well as Reardon, are all characters in Rose Red, which was created directly for television by the bestselling author. As to who penned the actual text of the diary? That remains as much of a mystery as Rose Red herself.
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"A clever, beautifully detailed fiction." -- USA Today
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For those who consider themselves passionate Stephen King fans, then the book becomes much more essential reading, embellishing and enriching the experience of one of King’s best television experiments. But, again, stylistically, be warned that, though Stephen King’s imagination is evident here, his unique, special, conversational voice is not. Pearson’s prose is far more purple (though, in large part, this is forgivable, considering its focus on the elite of the early 1900s) and he is exponentially more interested in exploring, at length, the darker side of loveless sexuality than King ever has been. Clearly, the target market for this book is an exceedingly narrow one, but if you, like me, will relish any chance to live in the worlds dreamed up either directly or, in THE DIARY OF ELLEN RIMBAUER’s case, indirectly by Stephen King, then this book graduates from a slight and unfulfilling diversion to required reading.
The "Diary" itself treads familiar ground- A Haunted House (The Shining), and another subject that King has pretty much done to death- the opression of women (Rose Madder, Dolores Claiborne, Gerald's Game, etc.). Anyone who has read these books will find nothing new here. I think The Shining was pretty much the last word on The Haunted House/Bad Place, and the only innovation here was the Diary format. (The book is beautifully designed to look like a real Diary; Very cool.) The House itself seemed like a larger-scale, live-in version of King's haunted car, Christine.
King does do a good job with the Diary's "Author", Ellen Rimbauer; It's hard not to feel sorry for this woman, trapped in a loveless marriage, and prisoner in a house that has no intention of ever letting her leave.
All in all, not a bad book, but not one of King's best. I did enjoy seeing some of the events from the diary come to life on Part One of the Rose Red mini-series. As a TV tie-in, the Diary is great; as a book alone, it's pretty standard stuff....
I had seen "Rose Red" years ago on TV and liked it, but the background information given about Ellen and John was minimal and somewhat vague. The diary gives much more background and makes things more clear. I wish I had read it before I watched the movie (assuming it was available then). Guess now I will watch it again.
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Even though I did not like a few aspects of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, overall, I would rate this four out...Read more