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The Shining Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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“A master storyteller.” —Los Angeles Times
“Scary! . . . Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace.” —The New York Times
“This chilling novel will haunt you, and make your blood run cold and your heart race with fear.” —Nashville Banner
“Guaranteed to frighten you into fits. . . . with a climax that is literally explosive.” —Cosmopolitan
“The most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —USA Today
“An undisputed master of suspense and terror.” —The Washington Post
“[King] probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe.” —Entertainment Weekly
“He’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you’ll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe
“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey’s Story; Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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To the killing of such an integral character as Dick Halloran. The latter I find simply outrageous, now, having read the book. Missing out on the shed scene? Losing the savior? Cutting ties to Danny's later in life father figure? None of that makes sense to me, it certainly isn't worth the cheap trade- off of one brief shining moment of shock. We already knew Jack was crazy, no further proof was necessary.
I like to think I have an adequate vocabulary, but I cannot remember another book that has sent me to the dictionary more frequently - gleefully, too. That was another thing that seemed lost in translation, the sheer pageantry of the grandeur King laid out at the Overlook, and for Kubrick to have been the one to trim those hedges ( literally ) will be one of the enduring mysteries of cinema, at least to me.
I can't believe I've neglected The Shining for this long (I've never even seen the movie)!
One of the most fascinating and frightening things about King 's books is the way he sets his literary "traps", which uncoil unexpectedly in the midst of seemingly benign sentences, giving you a mere glimmer of the nasty little surprises in store for the reader . The Shining effortlessly creates that sense of breathless and nervous suspense at multiple places in the books. You brace yourself, and wait, and eventually recoil when the trap springs closed at your touch...and just when you think you've prepared for the worst you stick your hand right into the wasp's nest.
The complex psychological bond and bondage of the family dynamic is explored with terrific depth, the experience as raw and voyeuristic as if you were peering through the windows of your neighbors next door. Jealousy, dependency, and despondency war fantastically with the more tender feelings of love and hate. More importantly than seeing into their lives you feel such empathy for the family in this book as they fight the losing battle against insanity. You just know the dam is sure to break, and when the flood bursts through, all hell breaks loose!
Still, it's an incredible tale; albeit often tragic and dark, there's hope for the protaganists as individuals and as a family unit. You just cannot help but marvel at their strength and their love for one another in the midst of so much tragedy and horror.
Sparkling with beauty and insight, The Shining is a classic for a reason, a masterpiece of the American working-class family, as seen through the shadows within a very dark mirror, reminding us that the sins of the past always follow us home.
Phenomenal, spine-tingling writing; The Shining is King at his best!