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Hearts in Atlantis

de Stephen King

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A collection of stories, several on group behavior. The story, Low Men in Yellow Coats, deals with the way group behavior can affect people for the worse, the title story is on a college woman who saves a fellow student from such behavior, while in Blind Willie a man atones for group behavior in the Vietnam War.… (més)
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C'è un esile filo conduttore che percorre le storie di questo libro. È intrecciato di malinconia, di quella tristezza che nel ricordo rinviene un motivo per ricominciare a sorridere, della nostalgia che pervade l'età matura, quando dopo svariate vicissitudini e un lungo trascorso esistenziale, ancora si guarda con tenerezza all'età giovanile. A quel mondo semplice, fatto di cose semplici, dove tutto appariva più semplice e i sogni erano ancora lungo dal poter venir disillusi. ( )
  Carlomascellani73 | Oct 30, 2020 |
I'm glad that I'm not rating books any more, because I'd have no idea what to do with this one. I genuinely enjoyed the first story, which takes up a good proportion of the book, and my lack of Dark Tower knowledge wasn't an issue. The second story, I found boring, the third I didn't finish, and the fourth and fifth were also very unsatisfying.
  Tara_Calaby | Oct 27, 2020 |
Hearts in Atlantis
So I've been meaning to read Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King for quite some time but I never did it because A.) I have the hard cover and it's heavy and B.) Anthony Hopkins on the cover always kinda weirded me out (yea I know, stupid reason but it's the truth, and what's sad is that my copy doesn't even HAVE Anthony Hopkins on the cover). Any way basic Plot Summary: The book is a collection of 5 interconnected stories that range from 1960-1999. The first story takes place in 1960 and follows 11 year old Bobby Garfield, his two friends, Sully-John and Carol Gerber and his new upstairs neighbor Ted-who introduces Bobby to The Lord of the Flies. The next story is about Pete Riley in 1966 who while at college gets addicted to playing Hearts. At college he meets Carol Gerber and after he almost completely fails thanks to his gambling he gets a wake up call about both education, and the war. The next story is about Willie Sherman whom we see in the first story, but now its somewhere in the 1980s and he's a "blind" man doing penance on the streets of NYC. We see Sully-John in the next story in 1999 where he goes to a fellow Vet's funeral and reminisces about the war with his former Loot. Finally it's still 1999 and we see Bobby and Carol again and they tie up the majority of the loose ends.
What I liked:
The first story was my favorite out of all of them. It was the most involved, most developed and it was linked to the Dark Tower series.
Ted was great, he was such a great role model for all the kids, 'specially since all of them by Sully-John had family problems
Stephen King did a great job reproducing a sulky 11 year old, normally all his younger characters are too old but Bobby and his bitterness towards his mother was perfect
I liked how all the stories were interconnected-and all of them were connected through Carol Gerber-Carol was best friends with Bobby and Sully-John, Pete fell in love with Carol in college, Willie was making up for his part in dislocating her shoulder in the first story, Sully-John dated her and followed her life in the papers, and then she and Bobby reunite. There are also other character carry overs like Willie and Ronnie. And the war in Vietnam is what truly brings all theses characters together.
The story focused in Sully-John was also great-his war flashbacks were so well done and King did a great job (I think) of putting you in his head and having you feel that same anxiety that plagued the Vet's after the war
What I didn't like:
I wasn't overly fond of Pete Riley...he seemed like a weak character and he cried way too much
Willie's story was a little on the confusing side and almost not necessary, it also felt like there were a lot of loose ends at the end of the story-nothing was really resolved
Other than that it was a great read and I'm glad I finally got around to actually reading it!
Happy Readings!
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  artdamnit_reads | Jul 29, 2020 |
I’m not really sure when I first read this novel, but I’m positive that it was the paperback edition, and it had to have been some time in 2001 when it was first published in p.b. Since then, I hadn’t reread it, until now.
I’m almost positive that when I did have the paperback that I’d bought, I skipped the middle two stories, called Blind Willie and why we’re in Vietnam. I have a difficult time with war stories and movies, as I hate war of any kind, and tend to stay away from it all. I know I meant to go back later on and read these two stories, but I never did.... and I’m pretty sure (but not positive) that I still have that same paperback, too.
Needless to say, they were very good, but at the same time I just wanted more and more of Ted, Bobby, Carol, and Sully. Which is probably why I skipped them in the first place lol.
I’ve no idea if I’d read the last story Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling or not, but it was a very sweet ending. I’m not gonna lie, I was very much in favor for, and hoping for a HEA ending, like the silly girl I am.... but yet again, it wasn’t to be. *sigh*. It was still very sweet.
I love the way the four stories tie together like they do. And again, I consider King as some kind of genius for being able to do this so effortlessly. I’d have liked to know more about all the people in the novel, and what happened next, but there isn’t anymore, so I’ll just keep on hoping that things worked out fine for them all.
The mystery of the baseball glove was cool but confusing for me, and I’ve no idea how that all happened, so I’m going to blame Magic, and Ted.

The only two things I didn’t like about the audiobook version of this novel is the company that made it, Simon and Scheuster Audio, decided to put all kinds of strange and (I think) unnecessary music between what they thought of as chapters. I found the music distracting, (like I said) unnecessary, rather generic, and annoying as hell. Ive said it before and I’ll say it again; I sincerely wish that audiobook makers would STOP IT WITH THE MUSIC, thank you very much.
Also, I adore William Hurt, as an actor. He’s brilliant, and he brings so much pathos and emotions to his characters. But as a narrator, he was also very distracting.
During the first story in which Hurt narrated, he has this weird little habit of stopping the sentence right before the last word, and putting an unnecessary pause there. He sighed a lot during the first story also, and while he was talking, or right afterwards. And the sighs were mostly also unnecessary as well. This can be incredibly distracting, and completely brings me out of the story web that’s being weaved, and kills my enjoyment. I’ve talked about this before in another review, (I’m looking at you, James Marsten...!), and it cleared up after a couple more of the books in the series that this other actor (Marsten) was narrating. So hopefully, if S&SA keeps using William Hurt, someone will tell Hurt to knock that shit off, also. ***
[Maybe someone already did, idk. But during the last story (Heavenly Shades), Hurt was narrating like a pro, and this made me VERY happy.]

This may seem like nitpicking to you all, but it’s all very serious to me. I spend my life with audiobooks for the most part, and it’s the ONLY reason I am able to consume so many novels in my life. My severe health issues, and my lack of energy make it so that reading actual novels all the time impractical and sometimes impossible. So it’s a big deal to me.
So this novel was mostly enjoyable, but any problems I’d had with it were not the author’s, so they shouldn’t be held against him or the novel.

***Edited to add that I ADORED the song Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling, which was played at the end of the audiobook, and it was absolute perfection placing it at the end of the audiobook like that. It made the whole thing seem more movie-like, the kind of good-time-feels movie where the lovers sit watching the sunset, holding each other and just enjoying the evening and being with each other....l you know what I mean?
Too bad the whole audiobook couldn’t have done this instead. I know, I know... it would have been too expensive asking permission to play all the songs this audiobook needed in it, and then the royalties as well. But one can dream, can’t they....?***

4 stars, and recommended to lovers, everywhere. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
4.5* ( )
  gumnut25 | Apr 21, 2020 |
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In ''Hearts in Atlantis,'' it's as though King has written two lengthy prologues and two brief epilogues but left out the novel proper. Or perhaps he hasn't. The book's juxtapositions set me wondering: maybe Vietnam is the archetype not only of the otherworldly horror Bobby chooses to avoid in ''Low Men in Yellow Coats'' but of all King's supernatural horror.
 

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There are also books full of great writing that don’t have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story, Bobby. Don’t be like the book snobs that won’t do that. Read sometimes for the words--the language. Don’t be like the play-it-safers that won’t do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.
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A collection of stories, several on group behavior. The story, Low Men in Yellow Coats, deals with the way group behavior can affect people for the worse, the title story is on a college woman who saves a fellow student from such behavior, while in Blind Willie a man atones for group behavior in the Vietnam War.

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