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The Shining (original 1977; edition 2012)

by Stephen King

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Member:JaneSteen
Title:The Shining
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Anchor (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
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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 |
An enthralling story of a man trying to create new beginnings in an isolated resort hotel. The all encompassing slip into madness leaves the reader wondering what is real and what is taking place only in the psyche of each character as they trust and mistrust each other. ( )
1 vote ShawnSullivan | Nov 6, 2016 |
Stephen King is something else. The movie was scary, but believe it or not the book was even scarier. The suspenseful storytelling and descriptive, gory language allowed my imagination to do the scaring for me. The iconic "Here's Johnny" was somehow even more chilling in printed words. At times I felt he might have been a bit to descriptive, but other than that the writing was nearly flawless. King did an excellent job of taking the reader through the thrilling stages of Jack's alcohol and isolation driven madness. I was left on the edge of my seat most of the time, and his use of cliffhangers had me ferociously turning the page. This book was the only time I had ever been anxiously biting my nails while reading something. Unless you are scared easily, I absolutely recommend reading this book, as long as you won't mind not sleeping. ( )
1 vote mattflem15 | Nov 5, 2016 |
This is another great Stephen King novel, but of course he almost never disappoint you. (The only disappointing one was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I didn't think that girl would ever get out of the woods.)

The Shining shows Stephen's exceptional imagination and storytelling. His characters have depth and although the novel is a bit long, it doesn't feel long because he keeps moving the story forward. I love the creepiness and the more screwed up the characters, the better. Whenever I read one of his novels, I want to immediately read another one. ( )
1 vote JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 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.
Goya

It'll shine when it shines.
Folk saying.
Dedication
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.
First words
Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743437497, Paperback)

"YOU'RE THE CARETAKER, SIR. YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER. I SHOULD KNOW, SIR. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE...."

-- DELBERT GRADY OF THE OVERLOOK HOTEL

THE SHINING

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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