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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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The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

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Many moons ago, I was watching TV in our living room and my brother was reading this. All of a sudden, the book came flying by my head. He had gotten so scared he threw the book across the room! I said to myself, "I've got to read that book!' ( )
  TimDel | Feb 2, 2017 |
Wow!!
I've seen bits and pieces of the movie and the book is so much better!!

Adrianne ( )
  Adrianne_p | Jan 27, 2017 |
The book, of course, is way better than the movie. The movie is more of Kubrick's masterpiece, while the book is King's masterpiece. There's so much that the movie leaves out. For instance, Jack Torrance's depth as a character. In the movie, he seems slightly off since the beginning, only to get crazier as the movie progresses. In the book, he seems fairly normal. He has baggage (a history of alcoholism, a bad temper, an incident where he broke his son's arm), but he's not insane until he and his family go to the Overlook hotel. Another thing in the book Kubrick sadly leaves out is when Jack, driven to homicidal insanity, has a brief moment of clarity when his young son Danny tells him he isn't Danny's father and Jack tells him to flee. It's a good part. If you liked the film, you'll love the book more. ( )
  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
This kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. It was perfect. And no way in hell will I ever be going anywhere where there's a chance of me getting snowed in. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
This kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. It was perfect. And no way in hell will I ever be going anywhere where there's a chance of me getting snowed in. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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Christensen, HarroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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