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Duma Key: A Novel

Duma Key: A Novel

Scris de Stephen King

Povestit de John Slattery


Duma Key: A Novel

Scris de Stephen King

Povestit de John Slattery

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4.5/5 (323 evaluări)
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21 hours
Lansat:
Jan 22, 2008
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9780743569750
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NO MORE THAN A DARK PENCIL LINE ON A BLANK PAGE. A HORIZON LINE, MAYBE.
BUT ALSO A SLOT FOR BLACKNESS TO POUR THROUGH...


A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else:

"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch."
"Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night."


Edgar leaves for Duma Key, an eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico calls out to him, and Edgar draws. Once he meets Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman with roots tangled deep in Duma Key, Edgar begins to paint, sometimes feverishly; many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.
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Despre autor

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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  • (3/5)
    Not one of King's greatest works but a nonetheless good read.
  • (5/5)
    Long story, but well worth it. King does a good job intertwining supernatural elements with creepy settings and interesting characters. It's a bit slow starting at the beginning, but it doesn't take long to speed up. The background to both the protagonist and antagonists add interest to the story and help explain what the plot is trying to show. Good story with a satisfying ending.
  • (5/5)
    One of Stephen King's best.
  • (3/5)
    A slow burning novel that quite suddenly shifts gear as the mystery of Duma Key is revealed.
  • (4/5)
    This is not his all time best but it comes very close and is far better than some of the previous few stories he has written. I thought the concept behind the story was original and interesting. Great read.
  • (5/5)
    Book was decent. John Slattery was amazing. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    Great as always nothing but a wonderful story to tell
  • (4/5)
    I was pulled into this book to listen to It almost nonstop. Very good!
  • (4/5)
    Slow building up. I love king but everyone of his works ain't for everyone. I liked it for just the story. told well, but no antagonist explanation really let me down personally. Worth a read but not a "must read" imo
  • (4/5)
    4.5 out of 5. Strays with you long after the end.
  • (4/5)
    Great listen, a little lengthy on the dialog. Ending requires attention and imagination. Perfect narrator for the characters.
  • (5/5)
    Duma Key chilled my soul as it delved into monsters. Yet, and the reason that Stephen King is my favorite fiction author, it warmed me as it also delved into a father’s love for his children.
  • (3/5)
    This one unfortunately wasn’t one of my favorites. It was slow to begin with and then it started to get interesting and then slowed down again and I was struggling to finish. It may be great for others so give it a shot I am just giving my review :-)
  • (5/5)
    What made this book so great? Stephen friggin King! UGH! I can't believe how long it took me to read this. I can't hold books anymore so I rely on audiobooks. Somehow, the perfect people keep reading them. This is at least the 20th I've read and I kept waiting for the scary or sinister! And bam!!! It hit me in the heart! My applause to both writer and reader.
  • (5/5)
    The best King I have read yet. The laid back pace and art was excellent.
  • (5/5)
    Growing up in Tampa and living now in St Pete; King does an amazingly beautiful job of capturing the Fl gulf coast . Great story, hope to see more stories written in this area
  • (5/5)
    I was locked in from start to finish...
    I enjoyed the journey.
  • (5/5)
    This is such a great book. I’d read it years ago so I thought it would be a great casual listen and decided to give it a go. I was quickly drawn in, I’d forgotten so much about the story that it was almost like I’d never read it. The narration was perfect.
  • (5/5)
    This was a great book. Veered a little bit from the normal Stephen King but it was wonderful. Just wonderful.
  • (3/5)
    I was really hoping to get into it...but I am unsure now half way through. Still have not finished this.
  • (3/5)
    An enjoyable airplane read is a great way to describe this book. It lacks the depth of the Gunslinger series, but it's a nice easy read that's enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    Oooooh, you a nasty man, Mr. King! A spine tingler about a man who loses an arm, but gains the ability to paint! But his paintings do come at a cost! Can he, Edgar Freemantle, Jack, and Wireman figure out what's going on on Duma Key? Or will it's past remain secret! Uncle Stevie will lead the way! Are you brave enough to follow?
  • (3/5)
    After reading and loving Carrie (one of King's first books) I was eager to read Duma Key (one of his most recent books). I like his writing style and I seem to enjoy horror as well (both are pretty new to my readers mind), but this story failed to enthral me as Carrie did. 700 pages about one single character in one single place seems just a bit too much to stay interesting. I'm sure a few hundred pages could be shaven off...

    I loved however the way the supernatural elements are interwoven with the day-to-day reality and cynicism of the main characters. It kept everything so real and this much more scary.

    Still, only a barely three-star review from me and I'm not overly keen to reading more King in the near future.
  • (3/5)
    I got off to a bad start with this, and angrily anotated a mistake on page 6. The mistake is mine, not Mr King's and it's worth looking out for references that look like errors over the first hundred pages. There's some fine writing in this low, unhurried novel, and some very funny moments. There are echoes of his earlier novels here and he makes some interesting points about artistic creation. And if there is some attendant sillyness at the end (and a whopping deus ex machina), well, this IS a horror novel.
  • (4/5)
    When I first read this, I wasn't terribly fond of it. But for whatever reason, the audiobook made the story come alive for me.
  • (3/5)
    An above average King novel until the climax, when it becomes an average one. The buildup seemed to promise more than it delivered. Considering what Edgar Freemantle was up against, I was expecting more of a fight. Still, a pleasant read. I don't know exactly what it is about King's writing that I find so comforting, but I do. Maybe it's the effortless authorial voice. Reading it is like shooting the breeze with an old pal. Sure, he may bullshit you a bit, but you know when he does it. It's part of his charm.

    If you like King, you'll like Duma Key.

    The audio book is quite well done as well. Not as good as Delores Claiborne's audio (which was fantastic) but good. Hardly ever annoyed me.
  • (4/5)
    It has been a long time since I've read Carrie and The Shining (30 years??). I really enjoyed my first Stephen King novel after a long break (except for "On Writing" which is his nonfiction autobiography). It struck me that his writing and story telling style is "realistic" -- life is not all action, adventure, beauty, and happy outcomes. King includes bad things that happen to "normal" people. Except that there is an undercurrent of other worldly events ... and in this case that didn't become the primary focus until the last 20% of the book.

    Nice read on the beach in St. Thomas!
  • (4/5)
    I am a die hard King fan so this was a no brainer as far as enjoying it, but I read a review on the book that commented "In this book the journey is more interesting than the destination". I agree.
  • (4/5)
    I'm currently "reading" this as an audiobook downloaded to my iPod. I once liked Stephen King, but for a long time, I'd felt that his novels had gotten too loose--too many diversions, too much unnecessary and irritating description, so I'd stopped reading them. This one, however...I don't know--I'll write more when I'm finished with it.

    Well, I finished this book, and it was pretty good. Not perhaps King's best, but one of his best efforts. I like this novel's engagement with concepts of vision and memory and language and the interactions among them. Recommended as an entertaining and mildly thought-provoking read.
  • (3/5)
    This book really took forever to reach a conclusion, which was rather anti-climactic. I'm disappointed in it, but at least it isn't Lisey's Story bad.