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The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower) Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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When I first heard about this project, I thought it made good sense. King mentioned that after some reflection, he realized there was a gap between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla, and has referred to this novel as "Dark Tower 4 ½." Let's go back in time a bit. Years before King was hit by a van and nearly killed, he always said that The Dark Tower would be a series of about seven or eight novels. After the accident, King attacked the story like a man possessed, determined, as he also mentioned several times, not to end up like Geoffrey Chaucer with a hugely ambitious literary work that didn't get finished. He steamrolled through writing three final novels, ensuring that his story's fate wouldn't end up the same as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Now, after several healthy years recovering from the accident and resuming his career, he seems less pressured and more interested in enriching the story. And like King, I also sensed a gap between DT 4 and 5, one that didn't exist between the other novels.Read more ›
The three tales-within-tales King tells in "The Wind Through the Keyhole" weave together seamlessly and with bittersweet resonance, each illuminating both Roland's character and the quest to come in small but powerful ways, while being worthy and exciting tales on their own merits. The tales begin amidst the roaring wind of a deadly storm called a starkblast, where the winds remind Roland of the stories his mother told him in his childhood bedroom atop his own tower ~ a place where he was both safe and innocent, where the Dark Tower was only a footnote in someone else's story.
When he is asked for a story as his ka-tet waits out the storm, Roland obliges with a story from his own life as a young gunslinger, after the events in Mejis ~ the story of young Bill Streeter and the Skin-Changer, and how Roland comforts this frightened young boy with a story his mother told him in that round tower room ~ the tale of young Tim Stoutheart, a character you will also come to love very quickly.
For those who have not read the Dark Tower series, you probably will not find the same emotional resonance that those who "know" Roland are bound to find, but don't let that frighten you off.Read more ›
That's not to say I disliked it, just that it really adds nothing of value or context to the overall Dark Tower saga. It's nice to revisit friends, and immeasurably comforting to fall back into the language of Mid-World (say thankee-sai), but it lacks the epic feel of the rest of the series. There's no advancement of the greater plot and, rather surprisingly, hardly anything in the way of meta-references or pop-culture trivia. It also suffers, of course, from being an after-the-fact addition to an already finished storyline - no matter how fantastic the Starkblast was, there was never any real sense of danger, since we know the characters all live through to the next book.
Having said that, it's still Stephen King, it's still The Dark Tower, and it's still an enjoyable read - regardless of how it's told.
Let's start with the framing narrative of Roland, Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy. It's definitely nice to revisit the ka-tet in the days when it was whole and healthy, and comforting to spend some quality time alongside them. As for the Starkblast, it may have just been a convenient plot device to gather them together long enough for Roland to tell a story, but it's a force of nature worthy of Stephen King.
The first story-within-the-story is that of Roland as a youth, sent by his father to investigate the murderous rampage of a skin-man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Solid book but as far as being "A Dark Tower Novel" it was completely useless. The bulk of the book is Roland telling Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy a story from his past... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jt
I didn't even know it existed until I went back to re-read the series. It was a good diversion, and when I get back to going from 4 to 5, I'll read it again!Published 3 days ago by Jeff link
Possibly King's best work.. An achingly beautiful story... The kind of book you can't stop reading but keep wishing it will never end. Long live King!Published 7 days ago by Alexandre Capelli Rosa
Steven king again takes you away. Roland tells a great story of his youth and his mother and ka. Even better the second time throughPublished 11 days ago by Sharon Hamel
I can't believe I somehow missed this years ago. It's a great addition to the Dark Tower saga.Published 14 days ago by JimRMaine
Not a bad story. But its really just a story thats not about the dark tower series at all but its set in the gunslingers world. Def not a must read/have for series readers. Read morePublished 18 days ago by John N. Koch Jr.
A great companion to the Dark Tower series. Gave me a chance to spend a little more time with characters I love.Published 19 days ago by Daniel