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The Drawing of the Three: (The Dark Tower #2) Paperback – August 5, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Elaborating at great length on Robert Browning's cryptic narrative poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," the second volume of King's post-Armageddon epic fantasy presents the equally enigmatic quest of Roland, the world's last gunslinger, who moves through an apocalyptic wasteland toward the Dark Tower, "the linchpin that holds all of existence together." Although these minor but revealing books (which King began while still in college) are full of such adolescent portentousness, this is livelier than the first. Roland enters three lives in the alternate world of New York City: junkie and drug runner Eddie Dean, schizophrenic heiress Odetta Holmes and serial murder Jack Mort. If King tells us too little about Roland, he gives us too much about these misfits who are variously healed or punished exactly as expected. Typically, King is much better at the minutiae and sensations of a specific physical world, and several such bravura sequences (from an attack by mutant lobsters to a gun store robbery) are standouts amid the characteristic headlong storytelling. BOMC alternate.
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“King is a master at creating living, breathing, believable characters.”—Baltimore Sun
“This quest is one of King’s best…communicates on a genuine, human level…but rich in symbolism and allegory.”—Columbus Sunday Dispatch
“Prime King…very suspenseful. An epic in the making.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
I think the best part about this book is the establishment of some amazing characters. We get a better sense of Roland's personality as he interacts with new people and faces some challenges he can't just solve with his guns. Eddie Dean is possibly my favorite Stephen King protagonist, he's a great multi-faceted character who is genuinely likable and interesting to read. His journey in this book is just fantastic. Odetta's story is fascinating and totally unique. Reading this book a second time I was so happy to re-meet some of my favorite characters and know this is just the beginning of their story.
This book has many memorable moments that stand out in the series. The Dark Tower as a whole is Stephen King's greatest work, but this book stands up against some of his other classics on its own. It will leave you wanting more and the best part is that the 3rd book is just as good as the 2nd.
I highly recommend The Dark Tower series. If you read the first book, and you're undecided about continuing the series, please consider getting the second book anyways. It's an amazing series and the first book doesn't do it complete justice. This book really starts the series off properly.