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Body (Penguin Longman Reader Level 5) (original 1982; edition 1999)

by Stephen King

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Title:Body (Penguin Longman Reader Level 5)
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pearson Elt (1999), Paperback, 80 pages
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The Body by Stephen King (1982)



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I haven't seen the movie "Stand By Me" for 20 years or so but it sounds like it's almost exactly the story from the book. Four 12 year old friends in Maine hear of a dead body - a kid their age named Ray Brower - who went missing and apparently got hit by a train, and they set off to see it. And it's probably been close to 15 years since I've read a Stephen King novel, but I was reminded of just how good a writer he is - the story is outstanding and sucks in you, almost to the point I couldn't stop listening (I listened to the audio version). My complaint - and some will easily dismiss it - is the over-the-top volume of profanity and vulgarity (no, I hadn't forgotten that that is how King writes, but it's probably the biggest reason it's been close to 15 years since I've picked up a book by him). I've read King's [b:On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft|437148|On Writing A Memoir of the Craft|Stephen King|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1304619831s/437148.jpg|150292] (one of my favorites) and his comments on the necessity of profanity for realism in fiction, but he takes that to the extreme limit and then goes beyond. Some people may talk that way (and I'll admit to a couple of years as a kid when I should have had my mouth washed out occasionally), but it's not something I find edifying or that I care to listen to - and I think he could have cut out 95% of it and still got his message across. My other complaint is the stupid "Chico" story, which seemed to have no purpose - or if it did, I missed it. Still, credit where credit is due: this is a great story, and if there's a significant difference between the movie and the book, it's probably that the movie is a lot cleaner. ( )
  J.Green | Nov 22, 2016 |
Known to most as the movie "Stand By Me," "The Body" is a great little coming-of-age novella about four boys who take a trek to see the corpse of a boy their own age.

I like how King injects himself into many of his books and that's here in abundance. Also, the characters he develops are extremely strong and real. The dialogue is accurate and perfect for the era, and the tension and wonder of the boys' journey is extremely effective. ( )
  Jarratt | Jan 17, 2013 |
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In 1960s America, four young boys go on a journey to search for the body of a boy killed by a train. As they travel, they discover how cruel the world can be, but also how wondrous. "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that introduce students at all levels to the pleasures of reading in English. Originally designed for teaching English as a foreign language, the series' combination of high interest level and low reading age makes it suitable for both English-speaking teenagers with limited reading skills and students of English as a second language. Many titles in the series also provide access to the pre-20th century literature strands of the National Curriculum English Orders. "Penguin Readers" are graded at seven levels of difficulty, from "Easystarts" with a 200-word vocabulary, to Level 6 (Advanced) with a 3000-word vocabulary. In addition, titles fall into one of three sub-categories: "Contemporary", "Classics" or "Originals". At the end of each book there is a section of enjoyable exercises focusing on vocabulary building, comprehension, discussion and writing. Some titles in the series are available with an accompanying audio cassette, or in a book and cassette pack. Additionally, selected titles have free accompanying "Penguin Readers Factsheets" which provide stimulating exercise material for students, as well as suggestions for teachers on how to exploit the Readers in class.

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As a group of boys set out to find the body of Ray Brower, a kid who disappeared, they have no idea what lies ahead for them.

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