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Apt Pupil : A Novella in Different Seasons…

Apt Pupil : A Novella in Different Seasons

by Stephen King

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Todd Bowden is more than just an apt pupil in school. He becomes an apt pupil in the art of evil and murder. He finds Dussander through who knows what means. The man was living a fairly secret life as Mr. Dunker, but was actually a Nazi soldier, someone who relished the work. Enjoyed the sick, twisted nature of it all.

I was thoroughly creeped out for the duration of the book. Todd becomes more and more enamored with Dussander, becomes increasingly demented, forcing the old man to wear a copycat uniform, to perform certain grotesque acts. Eventually, Todd becomes as warped as the old man. He was well on his way to begin. Grades started slipping and the school counselor gets involved. Suddenly, Todd’s charade is almost up. But not yet, not quite. Not while Dussander is still alive and well.

Full Review: http://shirleykcarter.blogspot.com/2011/09/apt-pupil-stephen-king.html ( )
  ShirleyKCarter | Sep 13, 2011 |
Very good story although I would have rather not read about the animal abuse.
  valerieowens | Aug 5, 2011 |
Not the meeting of good an evil so much as the union of potential evil with the completely unholy. Resident evil? teenage curiousity? All American boy hooks up with Concentration Camp Slaughter Master and the hybrid horror unleashed. Is that the scent of rotting tomatoes? Kind of like the Brady Bunch meets THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN. The first thing I have read by steven king.
  jbeckhamlat | Dec 30, 2008 |
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Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power--and the seductive lure of evil.

This acclaimed collection of four novellas by Stephen King also includes "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" (basis for the Academy Award nominated film The Shawshank Redemption), "The Body" (inspiration for the motion picture Stand By Me), and "The Breathing Method."

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An official Signet movie tie-in, this book contains four of Stephen King's most popular novellas. "Apt Pupil", one of the stories in this work, is scheduled to be released in early 1998 by Phoenix Pictures in movie theaters nationwide. Directed by Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects"), it stars David Schwimmer, Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Joe Morton, Kevini Pollack, and Elias Koteas. Two other stories from this book, "The Body" and "Rita Hayworth" and "Shawshank Redemption" were also made into major motion pictures.… (more)

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