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The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition (1978)
by Stephen King
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One of my favorite books I have ever read. I reread it every few years, because it is so long, but it's just as good as the first time I read it. ( )
I first read The Stand in high school. It was a revelatory experience then, what with its fascinating characters, grotesque horror, and overt fantasy. But revisiting now, over a decade later, has given this book a new color.
Not just because of the pandemic, though the parallels are eerily prescient, but because I understand these characters better than I did when I was fifteen. I understand their motivations, and I am in awe of King's extensive backstory and character work. Even the villains are multidimensional people. That's what made me fall in love with King's work back then, and that's why I still love it now.
Amazing writing and development, but it was so lengthy that the good bits got lost in a sea of utter crap. Not worth reading. Ending is quite disappointing. I was going to give it two stars for it wasn't that horrible really, but it wasted a lot of my precious time and therefore it gets one star. Nothing more.
Old review (back when it was unfinished):
I finished about half of this book (which is a million pages), and I am suddenly feeling very unmotivated to finish it. Don't get me wrong, Stephen King is a WONDERFUL writer, but the story seemed to drag on and on and on. At times, I felt like I could easily give this book a 5-star rating, and at other times, I felt like throwing it from a 10-story building. If this book was shorter, and if SK wasn't so attached to ALL the crap he writes, and if he believed in deleting CHAPTERS that aren't necessary/important nor related to the plot, then this would have been, indeed, a great book.
I don't want this to stop you from reading it, though. I have a lot of other books I'd like to read before ever continuing reading this.
So this book was crazy, but I loved it. I always have a hard time reading Stephen King because of how descriptive he can be at times and I lose focus. This book did not do that to me at all. I loved all of it. Tom is my favorite character and I had to actually ask my husband and cousin if anything bad was going to happen or I wasn't going to read the book. LOL. (They refused to tell me.)
This book was very character driven. It was rich with character development for all the main players. The best character in my opinion was Kojack, but I'm a sucker for a dog. I found that the first section and the third section were more my speed. The story was driven forward in leaps and bounds in these sections. The second section was a little flat in terms of action, but deep in terms of character building. The end felt a little lackluster, but very appropriate.
In short (well, not so short), this is the book that has everything - adventure, romance, prophecy, allegory, satire, fantasy, realism, apocalypse, etc., etc. Even Roger Rabbit gets mentioned. ''The Stand'' does have some great moments and some great lines... But the overall effect is more oppressive than imposing.
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Fiction. Horror. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides‚??or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail‚??and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.
In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.
Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic.
For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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