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Apt Pupil
by Stephen King
1982
Warner
4.0 / 5.0

Apt Pupil is the story of Todd Bowden, an all-American golden boy- good grades, considered brilliant- befriends a neighbor, Kurt Dussander, a Nazi was criminal in hiding. As Dussander shares his past, Todd decides he has more to gain by not turning him in to authorities. He wants to learn about the disturbing and evil crimes......slowly he becomes caught up in the stories and evolves from a golden boy to a boy with evil intent. The slow build of the story and the characters themselves were terrifying and made this a truly creepy and absorbing tale of horror.
The movie by the same name is pretty good, too. ( )
  over.the.edge | May 9, 2019 |
I've never read anything bad by Stephen King, but I was left disappointed with Apt Pupil. It is definitely a great story that uncovers some of the deepest, darkest depths that human beings can sink to. However, it felt like King was just trying to get to the end of the book about 3/4 of the way through it. It's kind of a shame because the content is really terrifying, and Todd Bowden's descent into the monstrous was enjoyable...but lacked that extra depth that King does so damn well. Still a solid read that frankly many in high school and college should examine. ( )
  rsplenda477 | Mar 9, 2019 |
Eh - Not even close to a favorite Stephen King. ( )
  tnociti | Mar 7, 2015 |
Revisited this story in audiobook form after many, many years. It was rather a different experience, more frightening, than the first time I read it in my late teens. Maybe the teenager me was more comfortable with the idea of the boy's monstrous transformation. Or it may simply be that it feels more real, more possible, to me now than it did 30 years ago. There are so many monstors hiding behind wholesome, smiling masks. Frank Mueller narrates it perfectly, as always. ( )
  PortM | Nov 30, 2013 |
Todd Bowden is more than just an apt pupil in school. He becomes an apt pupil in the art of evil and murder. He finds Dussander through who knows what means. The man was living a fairly secret life as Mr. Dunker, but was actually a Nazi soldier, someone who relished the work. Enjoyed the sick, twisted nature of it all.

I was thoroughly creeped out for the duration of the book. Todd becomes more and more enamored with Dussander, becomes increasingly demented, forcing the old man to wear a copycat uniform, to perform certain grotesque acts. Eventually, Todd becomes as warped as the old man. He was well on his way to begin. Grades started slipping and the school counselor gets involved. Suddenly, Todd’s charade is almost up. But not yet, not quite. Not while Dussander is still alive and well.

Full Review: http://shirleykcarter.blogspot.com/2011/09/apt-pupil-stephen-king.html ( )
  ShirleyKCarter | Sep 13, 2011 |
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Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power--and the seductive lure of evil.

This acclaimed collection of four novellas by Stephen King also includes "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" (basis for the Academy Award nominated film The Shawshank Redemption), "The Body" (inspiration for the motion picture Stand By Me), and "The Breathing Method."
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Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power--and the seductive lure of evil.

This acclaimed collection of four novellas by Stephen King also includes "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" (basis for the Academy Award nominated film The Shawshank Redemption), "The Body" (inspiration for the motion picture Stand By Me), and "The Breathing Method."

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An official Signet movie tie-in, this book contains four of Stephen King's most popular novellas. "Apt Pupil", one of the stories in this work, is scheduled to be released in early 1998 by Phoenix Pictures in movie theaters nationwide. Directed by Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects"), it stars David Schwimmer, Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Joe Morton, Kevini Pollack, and Elias Koteas. Two other stories from this book, "The Body" and "Rita Hayworth" and "Shawshank Redemption" were also made into major motion pictures.… (more)

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