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The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel (Dark Tower Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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
Good story telling as always. A flashback for the gunslinger as he continues his adventures.Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
Such a small snippet of mid-world, not enough to sink your teeth into and really feel like I was completely back with Roland and the gangPublished 3 days ago by Luke
This was a beautiful story that brings you back to our friends in mid world and shows you what a wonderfully rich world/ world's King has created and I say thankee sai.Published 5 days ago by andrew
Great follow-up to the Dark Tower arc. The return of my favorite characters with not one but two additional stories! Dark Tower 4. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
A good read. Liked it better than the final dark tower book. Read it in a weekend and had a hard time putting it down.Published 7 days ago by Joe CARLIN
Three great stories in one! The third within the second, and both of them within the first! Simply masterful storytelling!Published 13 days ago by Myron McMahon
While it was nice to re visit our old friends from the dark tower, even if only for a brief instant, the book presented as exactly what it was, an add on to the original story. Read morePublished 16 days ago by B. C. Wood
most of the story is a story that Roland tells during a storm (starkblast). still good thoughPublished 16 days ago by Dan