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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
de Stephen King
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El mundo tenía dientes y podía morderte en cualquier momento, Trisha McFarland lo descubrió cuando tenía nueve años. A las diez de la mañana de principios de junio estaba sentada en el asiento trasero del Dodge Caravan de su madre, vestida con su sudadera azul de entrenamiento de los Rex Sox, y jugaba con Mona, su muñeca. A las diez y media, se había perdido en el bosque.
Not bad survival/horror story. Strange bear / demon creature turns up at the end. Mostly enjoyed it.
Book 72 from Stephen King. Was an enjoyable read all be it a little long winded for the situation of a 9-year-old girl that goes missing in the woods and has to survive and fend for herself for 9 days with only her trusty walkman as a connection to the outside world. There is a theme of baseball that runs through the book as Trisha and her father are baseball fans which was an interesting side story. The horror aspect of the story was more around what happens to Trisha and the state of mind deteriorating as her time in the wilderness extends beyond both her physical and mental limits. Overall, a good read.
I enjoyed this one. Its a pretty quick read, and King proved with this one that not all of his books have to be epic to be enjoyable. This is also a little more ambiguous with the supernatural, which is interesting. King's books always the supernatural elements that were terrifying, but he also had downright awful humans who were just as scary. But in this book he uses nature to be both beautiful and terrifying. He tells the story of a 9 year girl, big for her age, who gets lost in the woods and uses her will to survive. She has to forage for food and water, fend off insects and animals, and try to keep her wits about her. But, somewhere along the way, she starts to lose her mind a bit, and that's where the supernatural takes off. Did it happen, or was it all in her head? I'm like Mulder in that regard, where I Want To Believe, but the ambiguity is also scary. All I know is, the next time I go hiking, I'm staying on the path.
One of King's more endearing works. While it never dips fully into horror, a lot of these sequences have stuck with me since I first read the story back in high school - particularly when Trish drinks river water and discovers the dangers of that action.
Definitely worth checking out if you haven't read it recently.
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As the narrator puts it: "The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted. She knew that now. She was only 9, but she knew it, and she thought she could accept it."
Thanks to King's gruesome imagination, you as a reader feel the sharpness of those teeth.
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What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn't like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic. The brochure promised a "moderate-to-difficult" six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls. Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number 36, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her -- her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake. A classic story that engages our emotions at the most primal level, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon explores our deep dread of the unknown and the extent to which faith can conquer it. It is a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm, but aglow with a girl's indomitable spirit.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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