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The Shining de Stephen King
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The Shining (1977 original; edició 1982)

de Stephen King

Sèrie: The Shining (1)

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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.… (més)
Membre:imaginationzombie
Títol:The Shining
Autors:Stephen King
Informació:New English Library Ltd (1982), Paperback, 512 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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The Shining de Stephen King (1977)

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This is a phenomenal horror book. I'm going to say right now that I have never seen the Kubrick movie but like most people I am familiar with most of its iconic imagery and it does seem to be different from the book. This book took me longer to read than 'Salem's Lot and I probably liked 'Salem's lot a bit more but I did find this book to be more frightening. I loved seeing the progression the characters went through and how they change from when they first arrived at the Overlook. The character of Danny didn't really seem like a six year old but that seemed to be part of his character and abilities so I didn't really have a problem with it. I really enjoyed reading this and there was definitely some imagery that freaked me out and I am really excited to continue with king (as soon as I get past Rage because I hear it's not very good) ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
Having only read a handful of Stephen King novels I've embarked on a journey to read my fellow Mainer's books in more-or-less chronological order (Still need to go back and read Carrie). Wavering between 4 and 5 stars here. The Shining is deserving of its reputation as a scary, well written novel. Having read Salem's Lot, the novel that preceded this one, last fall, it was clear the prose is a step up. I'd actually like to step up the prose on that last sentence, but you get what I'm saying.
It's a great horror/ thriller novel, and Jack's descent into madness is superbly portrayed. The book is very well paced, balancing character building and back story with action in a tension and release effect. There are a couple of truly cringe-inducing, skin-crawling scenes, with an explosive finale. On the negative side, in places I wasn't quite as riveted as I wanted to be, but still this is a great book. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
Wow. I originally read The Shining back when it was originally released. It scared the hell out of me then, back when I was all of 15. Now, rereading it in preparation for Dr. Sleep, it was a completely different, yet equally as satisfying an experience.

This was a seminal novel for me. This was the one that really made me decide to try my own hand at writing. So, between inspiring me and terrifying me, it had a lot to live up to.

Now, having finished it as an adult, as a father and as a writer, I found myself impressed over and over and over again at the strength and surety of King's writing. Jack Torrance was less malevolent and more tortured this time around. Wendy was much more present this time around. And Danny...well, you can't consider Danny without considering the Outlook, easily one of the more brilliant antagonists in modern fiction.

King's style now is a little looser, a little less literary than it was in The Shining. And this book is so brilliantly plotted, the characters are so rich...Honestly, I've always felt this was King's finest hour. And rereading it 36 years later, nothing stands out that contradicts that. It still holds up.

I'm going to state here, for the record, there is virtually 66no chance Dr. Sleep will be able to hold a candle to this classic. No way.

And this is coming from the guy who loves damn near everything the man wrote.

Feb 13/2016 update: This is my third pass through this novel, and my second in about two years. And my estimation only goes up every time I read it.

There's not a sour note in this novel, not a letter out of place. It is, in my estimation, the perfect horror novel. There's a lot of contenders for that particular honour, and several of them written by Stephen King, but for me, this is it. This is the one.

As I worked my way through the story this time, I lost count of how many times I thought, This should be taught as a university course in how to construct the perfect horror novel. Why? Because it starts off with a hint of the issues that will come, both from the vantage point of the hotel, and from Jack Torrance.

Ah, Jack. Is there a more tragic character in horror? Seriously, he's a very good man, capable of great things, but laid so low by his weaknesses. And King takes his time peeling back Jack's layers. It's like watching a striptease, each piece lifted and discarded, revealing more underneath. This, to me, is the heart of this novel. King eloquently paints Jack as a man desperate to do right, but too weak to succeed, because the hotel is stronger. And as much as King can build the dread and suspense that we all know is coming, he also has a delicate yet sure touch when detailing Jack's alcoholism, which, of course we know now that King was fighting himself.

I mentioned in a status update that, as much as I anticipated room 217, as I always do, this time, other scenes, like the discovery of the wasp's nest at the same time King discusses Jack's booze-soaked follies and the issue that got him fired from his teaching job, King neatly ties them together with a subtle, yet disturbingly accurate hint of what's to come, when Jack thinks of all those that "stung" him...instead of shouldering some of the blame.

Shortly after that, when Danny visits the doctor for both his fugue states and his wasp stings, this is a master class in getting important information across--what's commonly known as an info-dump--without the reader even know they're getting educated. This is writing at its best.

I've always loved King, and this novel in particular, but reading it for the third (and very likely final) time, I see the author at the absolute pinnacle of his talents. He would go on to write a hell of a lot more books, many of them classics, but to my mind, he was never quite as brilliant as he was for the pages of this book. This is genius, and any who read it should look upon it with wonder.
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  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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Very interesting book, but it doesn't necessarily seem as scary as everyone always makes it out to be. Watched the movie directly after finishing reading and I have got to say that the book is 100x better than the movie.

The hedge animals and the connection that Danny Torrance has with the cook hollaran is very interesting. Also Jack in the movie is portrayed as always being a hot-head or stupid - while in the book he was actually calm and collected for quite a period of time before the hotel got to him.

Also King seems to really like the name Jack/Jake as this is the... third book I've read while he's used that name.

Also the ending of the movie is terrible. Absolutely terrible. He just freezes to death outside? How does that even make sense?

In the book the hotel explodes because he forgets to dump the boiler and realizes when hes having a showdown with Danny in the upstairs and Danny, his mother and Mr. Hollaran get away via snowmobile (after the hotel almost winning again in the woodshed)

Good book, id like to re-read it but slower next time as i feel as if I missed some key parts while trying to finish the book too quickly. ( )
  jhavens12 | Sep 1, 2021 |
Terrifying book in a subtle, psychological way. Not as in-your-face horrifying as Salem’s Lot, but still just as unsettling. ( )
  Rachie_Rae | Aug 29, 2021 |
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King, Stephenautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Christensen, HarroTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dell'Orto, AdrianaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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It was in this apartment, also, that there stood against the western wall, a gigantic clock of ebony.  Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang; and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that,
at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to harken to the sound; and thus the waltzers perforce ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company; and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation.  But when the echoes had fully ceased, a light laughter at once pervaded the assembly; the musicians looked at each other and smiled as if at their own nervousness and folly, and made whispering vows, each to the other, that the next chiming of the clock should produce in them no similar emotion; and then, after the lapse of sixty minutes, (which embrace three thousand and six hundred seconds of the Time that flies,) there came yet another chiming of the clock, and then were the same disconcert and tremulousness and meditation as before.
But, in spite of these things, it was a gay and magnificent revel.
E. A. Poe
'The Masque of the Red Death'

The sleep of reason breeds monsters.
Goya

It'll shine when it shines.
Folk saying.
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This is for Joe Hill King, who shines on.
My editor on this book, as on the previous two, was M. William G. Thompson, a man of wit and good sense. His contribution to this book has been large, and for it, my thanks.
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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

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