- Mass Market Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (October 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416552960
- ISBN-13: 978-1416552963
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,432 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Duma Key: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 21, 2008
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About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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I bought this book many years ago and, according to my kindle read it, but I don't recall doing so. I am now spending winters very near "Duma Key", or at least where it is written to be, so thought I would read it again. I was amused to find that the main character left Minnesota for the Sarasota area, same as me. It definitely reflected both areas accurately. There was one line, where Edgar remembers putting his daughter's hair in a horsetail, rather than pony tail like we say In Minnesota, but I put that down to Edgar's problem of remembering the correct word.
I am not a big fan of gore or "woo-woo" books. Although this is based on a supernatural topic, it was very interesting and not as improbable as some other author's work.
Highly recommend, although I will never enjoy my time on the north end of Casey Key quite as much.
There’s a hint of Lovecraft in Duma Key, in the telling and the story’s soul. It follows three distinct time frames: the story of a little girl as she’s recovering from a head injury, the story Edgar Freemantle rebuilds his life after a debilitating accident, and the time of the narrator, who also happens to be Edgar. The first two tie together in an intertwining thread that follows Edgar and the little girl’s journey to rediscover themselves, sometimes literally, through art. But both paths move past the mundane application of shape and form into something… else. The time of the narrator foreshadows, sometimes almost too much, what is to come. Of course, this is a Stephen King novel, so any mention of something happening to a character is likely an ill portent to say the least.
Overall, I would say this is a good read and would definitely recommend it. There are definitely scarier stories out there, and more horrifying, but sometimes that’s the point.