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Revival: A Novel de Stephen King
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Revival: A Novel (edició 2014)

de Stephen King

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"In a small New England town over half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs--including Jamie's sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe"--… (més)
Membre:BeckyWalton
Títol:Revival: A Novel
Autors:Stephen King
Informació:Scribner (2014), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 405 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:fiction, drug addicts, drug addiction, preachers, pastors, ministers, clergy, electricity, coming of age

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Revival de Stephen King

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There's something about Stephen King's writing style that just doesn't jive with me For example I felt this way on multiple novels that I've listened to (Keep in mind that I've never physically picked up a Stephen King novel and read a physical copy). It seems to me that when I end up not liking or not caring as much for a Stephen King novel that it's because the narrator seems to be telling us a story but I don't completely understand what the conflict seems to be until more than a quarter of the way through the book. This book is broken into two different parts: the narrator's childhood and the relationships that he has between his family and Minister who comes to town, and the second part consisting of meeting the minister for a second time in his life. It wasn't until almost an hour into the book of listening that you learn that there was an issue with the minister or that there would be an issue with the minister. That issue turned out to be not exactly minor but not exactly major when it comes to the long run of the story. And what I would consider the main conflict of the story doesn't present itself until about halfway through the book in part 2, so I would say my main issue with Stephen King novels is that I don't know what the conflict is until more than a quarter of the way through the story and the narrator's explanation and recalling of their life doesn't help me to understand what the conflict is going to be. I feel like I have a close understanding of their life and their relationships with people, but I don't understand what their relationships have to do with the conflict until what I would consider too late. I feel like I need to know what the conflict is within the first few chapters so that I can understand where the story is going.


I thought the premise of the story was okay, Stephen King's prose is always impeccable, but I'm not sure I like his overall style of storytelling. I think I might enjoy his short stories a little more.


I really enjoyed The Shining, but that seems to be the only one that I've read that has got to the conflict earlier on in the story. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 25, 2021 |
I bought this books a few years ago at a yard sale. Got it for a quarter. You read that right, a quarter. Did I read it right away? No. I read it three days ago. It sat on my bookshelf for ages because I'm a goofball that way.

But I read it.

And here is my review.

You might think a story about a preacher from a small town couldn't be interesting. To be honest, that I think it why I put it off for so long. Being a fan of King I should have known better. But in my defense I'm not a King homer. He can write clunkers. Trust me when I say that there is more to this story than a preacher preaching in a small town. That, and I'm not spoiling anything in writing this, is only a small part of the story.

Charles Jacobs and Jamie Morton are the two primary characters in this novel, but not the only ones. You meet them when they're young (one an adult, the other a child) and will follow them into old age. The story weaved between them in gut-wrenching and real, and is absolutely bat shit crazy. Only King can spin an unbelievable yarn and make it wholly believable. There is tragedy and triumph, love and loss, and lightning. Not to mention secret electricity.

The story is a slow burn, but one that you won't mind because of how damn authentic each character is. King can write endings that either don't fit or leave what happened up to you. Don't worry about that. The story ends in a way that wraps the story up. I'm not saying you will like it, because you might not. But then again, like me, you might. It all depends on your taste. But the story is wrapped up, so fear not there.

The story is a 4 out of 5. Why not 5 out 5? Because though a damn good book I've read better King novels. This is up there, but it is no The Stand. That is a King book worthy of a 5 out 5. ( )
  JBTaylor42 | Feb 7, 2021 |
Questo libro ha molto in comune con "Martyrs", film francese del 2008 che non ho mai visto ma la cui trama mi terrorizza al punto da avermi dato parecchie notti insonni. Certo, King non arriva agli apici di Pascal Lougier (che mostra donne scuoiate vive, stuprate, atrocemente torturate) ma quello che terrorizza in Revival non è la storia - e in effetti l'horror è quasi assente - ma l'idea, il concetto. King affronta il tema della vita dopo la morte, non con un punto interrogativo, con incertezza, ipotesi o dubbi; ciò che mostra è tanto più terribile per il modo in cui viene raccontato, perché è qualcosa di certo e inoppugnabile che tutti noi conosceremo. Il capitolo finale (riuscitissimo, cosa abbastanza rara per King) è uno dei più spaventosi che abbia mai letto, e difficilmente riuscirò a scrollarmi di dosso la sensazione che mi ha trasmesso. ( )
  folkiara | Feb 2, 2021 |
Unsettling and disturbing - in other words, a good read! It is a bit of a slow burn, but well-written and enjoyable, even through the slower parts. ( )
  JCanausa | Feb 2, 2021 |
Started this as an audiobook but continued as an epub. Both kept me gripped and I was delighted to find how long it was.
By the 7 8th of the book I was ready for it to wind up and the ending was just a bit far fetched.
A good yarn, quite engaging and I felt it was similar in style to 112213. I just wish he would write something as good as that again. ( )
  joweirqt | Jan 15, 2021 |
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The last part of the book moves from the raw emotion about family, love, aging and lost opportunity — all of it written with unusual candor, even for Mr. King — to the horror legacy of those names to whom the book is dedicated.
afegit per ozzer | editaNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Nov 13, 2014)
 
...veteran yarn spinner King continues to point out the unspeakably spooky weirdness that lies on the fringes of ordinary life.
afegit per sturlington | editaKirkus Reivews (Oct 2, 2014)
 

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Clark Ashton Smith
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When I think of Charles Jacobs--my fifth business, my change agent, my nemesis--I can't bear to believe his presence in my life had anything to do with fate. It would mean that all these terrible things--these horrors--were meant to happen. If that is so, then there is no such thing as light, and our belief in it is a foolish illusion. If that is so, we live in darkness like animals in a burrow, or ants deep in their hill.

And not alone.
Astrid and I spent most of the breaks kissing, and I began to taste cigarettes on her breath. I didn't mind. When she saw that (girls have ways of knowing), she started to smoke around me, and a couple of times she'd blow a little into my mouth while we were kissing. It gave me a hard-on I could have broken concrete with.
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"In a small New England town over half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs--including Jamie's sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe"--

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