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The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining (original 1977; edition 2012)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Shining
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Anchor (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
Collections:Fiction: Horror, 2012 Readings, Your library
Tags:Genre: Horror, Ghosts, Colorado, Genre: Thriller, Supernatural

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The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

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4,5 Estrellas! Todo el mundo ha visto la película, pero igual hago un resumen de la historia: Este libro cuenta la historia de Jack Torrance, un alcohólico en rehabilitación y escritor relativamente frustrado que acaba de perder su trabajo como profesor después que le pegara a un alumno. Como última oportunidad, un amigo le ofrece pega como cuidador de un hotel llamado el Overlook, que durante la temporada de invierno está cerrado y generalmente queda aislado por las tormentas de nieve. Como no le queda otra, se traslada junto a su señora Wendy y su hijo de 5 años, Danny, quien tiene un "resplandor", un talento sobrenatural para ver cosas del futuro y leer los pensamientos y emociones de la gente que lo rodea. Hasta ahí todo bien, pero como es Stephen King, la cuestión no puede ser así no más, y el verdadero pastelito de esta historia es que el Overlook no es solo un hotel con una historia tétrica, sino que tiene sus propios poderes para manipular tanto a los vivos como a los muertos que alojan ahí, y la llegada de Danny le representa una inmensa oportunidad de alimentarse de sus poderes. Póngale una tormenta de nieve que los deja atrapados en el hotel, la inestabilidad mental y adictiva de Jack, los poderes del niñito y ya se imaginan lo demás.

Fiel a mi tradición, no he querido ver la película hasta leer el libro, así que no puedo compararla realmente, pero fue una lectura genial, me encariñé hasta el fin con Danny y me volví loca leyendo los rollos mentales de Jack. Excelente uso del hotel como personaje adicional, y de Dick Halloran, un cocinero del hotel que también tiene este resplandor. Aunque recién fue la tercera novela de King, se pasó para wena. Ahora a leer la secuela! ( )
  Danyspike | Jan 14, 2017 |
This book is frightening. A total thrill ride. It isn't the best horror book in my opinion, but it is a definite must read. ( )
  Tamira.Schwartz | Jan 14, 2017 |
Stephen King’s The Shining

I thought I was familiar with this story when I watched the Jack Nicholson film many years ago, but I was totally wrong!

The book is about Danny, which the Kubrick film (although well-made) completely misses. Danny is the most powerful psychic in these parts and the kid broadcasts out like crazy. He can read minds but still has a little kid’s attitude and does not have the maturity to handle such a gift (or curse?).

Jack was a teacher but also loved binge drinking with his buddy Al. One day they ran into a bike on the road. No person on it, just a bike. They both have an epiphany that they need to go cold turkey. How the bike arrived there is not explained, but is probably something Danny put there?

Fascinating workings of Jack’s mind throughout – his alcoholism, his fits of violence, and a few pages devoted to his father who, like Jack, did some pretty damaging things to his family.

The Overlook is a summer resort hotel with a mysterious past. Jack gets a job there as a caretaker and finds that the previous one killed his family and then himself. Not gonna happen to him though. OK!

And Wendy, which character seems very weak-willed and only turns on the guns when her motherly instincts turn on. The story is grerat when I have to yell at the book for Wendy to not go into the hall! And how can she carry a knife and not use it while Jacks beats on her?

History and Hysteria

Loved the Overlook’s mysterious parts – the woman in the bathtub, the 70 years of haunts floating through the halls, the mysterious barkeep who fuels up Jack into fits of rage and to prove Jack is in fact managerial material.

Finally King’s black cook, Dick Hallorann, a man who shines but not nearly as much as Danny. Disappointing as I was hoping for a white horse riding in and saving the day. They were lucky to get away with their lives.

Bottom Line:

Horror, when done right, is fast-paced and takes your breath away. King does this in spades.

Can’t wait for Doctor Sleep!

( )
  James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
As is typically the case, book was scores better than the movie. I still think Stephen King is overrated though. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
Stephen King és considerat un dels millors escriptors moderns d’històries de terror. En la seva extensa bibliografia té reconegudes novel-les com Tommyknockers, Carrie o Misery, entre moltes altres (publica pràcticament un llibre cada any) i potser The Shining, juntament amb It han estat les dues que més m’han impactat per la forma en què King aconsegueix atrapar el lector en una atmosfera angoixant i terrorífica, de tal manera que és molt difícil deixar de llegir.

The Shining s’inicia amb una introducció a la família protagonista, formada per en Jack Torrance, un escriptor poc afortunat que fa temps que no publica cap novel-la, la seva dona Wendy i en Danny, el fill de cinc anys. En Jack, desesperat per no poder aportar ingressos i atrapat pels deutes es veu obligat a acceptar una feina una mica especial: vigilar un hotel de luxe a Colorado, distanciat a 65 km del poble més proper i que, en arribar l’hivern, quedarà colgat per la neu fins a l’arribada de la primavera. El que en Jack i la seva família no saben és que a l’hotel Overlook temps enrera van succeir una sèrie d’esdeveniments que formen part de l’hotel fins a extrems insospitats.

De la novel-la en destaca el tractament que es fa de la problemàtica d’aquesta família de classe mitja. El motiu pel qual en Jack està a l’atur és pels repetitius problemes amb l’alcohol que ha tingut i que afecten a la seva relació amb la Wendy, però sobretot amb en Danny. Un Danny que estima bojament el seu pare i que ha rebut un do especial, una “resplandor” que li permet percebre amb força la psique dels altres.

Se n’han fet dues adaptacions cinematogràfiques. La més coneguda, dirigida per Stanley Kubrick i protagonitzada per Jack Nicholson, de l’any 1980, i una minisèrie televisiva, amb guió del propi King, gravada l’any 1997 i rodada a l’hotel Stanley, de Colorado, font d’inspiració directa per a Stephen King durant unes vacances familiars.

La literatura de terror no m’agrada especialment, però he de reconéixer que The Shining em porta molts bons records. Aquella sensació de no poder deixar de llegir, tot i saber que el que llegiràs no és una història amable i molt menys simpàtica. És com quan veus una pel-lícula de por i et tapes els ulls, però deixes una petita escletxa per continuar mirant tot i saber del cert que un moment o altre t’emportaràs un ensurt. ( )
  MartaGS | Nov 14, 2016 |
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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.

It'll shine when it shines.
Folk saying.
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 thought: Officious little prick.
Hallorann’s testicles turned into two small wrinkled sacs filled with shaved ice.
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The Overlook Hotel is more than just a home-away-from-home for the Torrance family. For Jack, Wendy, and their young son, Danny, it is a place where past horrors come to life. And where those gifted with "the shining" do battle with the darkest evils. Stephen King's classic thriller is one of the most powerfully imagined novels of our time.
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First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to laim the very souls of the Torrence family. Adapted into a cinematic masterpiece of horror by legendaryStanley Kubrick -- featuring an unforgettable performance by a demonic Jack Nicholson --The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia.

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Danny is only five years old but in the words of old Mr Hallorann, he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, his visions grow frighteningly out of control. As winter closes in, the hotel develops a life of it's own. Somewhere, somehow there is an evil force, and that too is beginning to shine.… (more)

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