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The Stand Paperback – August 7, 2012
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In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookstores and beg them not to buy it.
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.
From Publishers Weekly
In its 1978 incarnation, The Stand was a healthy, hefty 823-pager. Now, King and Doubleday are republishing The Stand in the gigantic version in which, according to King, it was originally written. Not true . The same excellent tale of the walking dude, the chemical warfare weapon called superflu and the confrontation between its survivors has been updated to 1990, so references to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Reagan years, Roger Rabbit and AIDS are unnecessarily forced into the mouths of King's late-'70s characters. That said, the extra 400 or so pages of subplots, character development, conversation, interior dialogue, spiritual soul-searching, blood, bone and gristle make King's best novel better still. A new beginning adds verisimilitude to an already frighteningly believable story, while a new ending opens up possibilities for a sequel. Sheer size makes an Everest of the whole deal. BOMC selection, QPB main selection.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I won't give away anything, I'll only say take your time and enjoy the ride with King's epic. I loved every word.
I finally convinced my mother to read it last year. She resisted at first because King gives her nightmares, but when she started reading The Stand she couldn't put it down. When she finished, she said she was glad she read it. I always suggest it to people who need an engrossing read that will make them think. King questions the polarisation of good and evil, pointing out how good people can do bad things and very bad people can do the right thing. The very definition of evil comes not from a single person, but from the actions of mankind as a whole in the face of destruction. I'm a bit of a misanthrope anyway, but I did find some redeeming souls in this story. I'd set it at about an 11th or 12th grade reading level, but most adults should read this book.
The first time I picked up this book was when it first came out in paperback. I remember writing a letter to the author (whichever sent) asking - no, begging for a sequel. I downloaded this expanded version last year and though I have just finished my third reading of it, I find the longing still as strong.
Stephen King' s ability to weave characters and plots and themes so intricately is as compelling today as s it was when he first burst on the scene. His newer books have drawn me into the story and made the idea of it SO believable that indeed I believed in vampires and clowns that lived in sewers-Even aliens placing a dome over a small town.
As I began the most recent read of The Stand, the Ebola epidemic was winding down and the measles woes were ramping up in the US. There were even rumblings of the measles outbreak being the result of a government conspiracy and this year's flu is a strain not well covered by the immunizations as the strain had mutated. Ah, scary thoughts when reading this book. What Mr. King manages to do each time is to weave a story of good vs evil wherein good triumphs but not in a predictable or easy way. Thank you for this Mr King from a long time constant reader.
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If you like the dark tower, you will like this. Many similarities and RF is awesome in this.