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Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King

Hearts In Atlantis (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Stephen King

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Title:Hearts In Atlantis
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pocket (2000), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Collections:Your library, To read

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Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King (1999)

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Il primo racconto è stato quello che mi è piaciuto di più. Anche gli altri sono belli ma il primo ha una marcia in più.In tutti c'è sempre una atmosfera molto triste. ( )
  Angela.Me | Nov 9, 2015 |
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King is five loosely-related stories combined to form the whole: 1. Low Men in Yellow Coats, 2. Hearts in Atlantis, 3. Blind Willie, 4. Why We're in Vietnam, and 5. Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling. The 1st and the 5th eventually became the movie version of the same name starring Anthony Hopkins.

I loved Bobby and Ted's story in Low Men in Yellow Coats and Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling, and I remember #2, Hearts in Atlantis being pretty good too. I can't recall anything about Blind Willie or Why We're in Vietnam.

Hearts is a strong tie-novel to King's Dark Tower story, but I feel like some of the magic of Ted Brautigan's story was lost once the Tower story concluded. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Sep 15, 2015 |
A series of stories that together add up to rather a good novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A bitter-sweet meditation on the loss of childhood innocence. The fantasy elements tie in to the Dark Tower series but you don't need to have read that to enjoy this. In fact, it's probably better if you haven't as it adds a sense of mystery. ( )
  Lukerik | May 18, 2015 |
One of the best Stephen King books I've read in awhile ... ( )
  beebowallace | Dec 22, 2014 |
ok ( )
  Urthwild | Nov 30, 2014 |
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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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Simon stayed where he was, a small brown image, concealed by the leaves. Even if he shut his eyes the sow's head still remained like an after-image. The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life. They assured Simon that everything was a bad business. -- William Golding, Lord of the Flies
"We blew it." -- Easy Rider
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Hearts in Atlantis is a collection of two novellas and three short stories by Stephen King, all connected to one another by recurring characters and taking place in roughly chronological order. The stories are about the baby boomer generation, specifically King's view that this generation (to which he belongs) failed to live up to its promise and ideals.
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With his idiosyncratic blend of patrician airs and boyish charm, narrator William Hurt provides a wonderful complement to this wildly imaginative collection of short stories by author Stephen King. Hurt carefully weaves the disparate elements into a cohesive whole, embracing the subtle complexities of each character; one moment a wizened sadness leaks into his voice as a haunted old man, pursued by demons, asks his 11-year-old lookout, "You know everyone on this street, on this block of this street anyway? And you'd know strangers? Sojourners? Faces of those unknown?" Then, in a profound yet almost imperceptible switch, he exposes the boy's naive enthusiasm, "I think so." Right about here your neck hairs will stand at attention. Hurt's peculiar vocal style is in perfect pitch to King's dark, surreal vision of growing up amid the monsters of post-Vietnam America. (Running time: 21 hours, 16 cassettes) --George Laney

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Low Men in Yellow Coats: Eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood. He also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror. In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest, and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast. In "Blind Willie" and "Why We're in Vietnam," two men who grew up with Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era in an America which sometimes seems as hollow, and as haunted, as their own lives. And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling," this remarkable book's denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await him.… (more)

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