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The Body (1982)

by Stephen King

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"Made into the acclaimed film Stand by me, The body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship."--Publisher's description.
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Ich habe dieses Buch zum ersten Mal vor mehr als 30 Jahren gelesen, damals war es noch Teil der Kurzgeschichtensammlung "Frühling, Sommer, Herbst und Tod". Auch die Verfilmung "Stand by Me" habe ich gesehen. Mit der Neuveröffentlichung des Hörbuchs, gelesen von David Nathan und im Zuge eines kleinen Stephen King Revivals, wollte ich nun diese tolle Geschichte wiederentdecken. Ich erinnerte mich nur noch an Fragmente und so fühlte es sich fast an, wie ein komplett neues Buch.

Die Erinnerungen kamen im Laufe der Geschichte zurück und ich stellte fest, dass dieses Buch auch heute nichts von seiner Eindringlichkeit verloren hat. Die meisten King Bücher altern gut. Dieses hier macht da keine Ausnahme. Es ist nicht eine seiner üblichen Horror-Stories mit viel Blut, Monstern und Ekel. (Nun gut, ein wenig Ekel ist auch dabei, nämlich wenn Gordie seinen Kumpels seine ausgedachte Kurzgeschichte erzählt, ohne die der Roman zugegebenermaßen auch ganz gut ausgekommen wäre.)

Insgesamt aber erzählt es die Geschichte von Freundschaft, Gemeinschaft und Zusammenhalt. Von einer Gruppe von Kindern, die ganz kurz davor sind, Teenager zu werden und die vielleicht nie wieder so eng zusammenstehen werden, wie während der Ereignisse in "Die Leiche". Und King macht hier, was er bis zur Perfektion beherrscht: eine Geschichte aus Kindersicht erzählen. Kindliche Neugier, Abenteuerlust, sich streiten und wieder zusammenraufen, Kräftemessen und füreinander einstehen. Sich behaupten gegen die "Großen" und Geheimnisse haben vor den Eltern. All dies nachvollziehbar für jeden, da wir alle mal in der einen oder anderen Weise diese Kinder waren.

Damals wie heute eine beeindruckende Geschichte, auf seine unnachahmlich eindringlich-ruhige Art gelesen von David Nathan.
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  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
4.5*
I loved this coming of age story (novella) told through the eyes of an author in his middle age about a summer during his 12th year. Some of the lines will really stick with me, which is saying a lot since I listened the audio book versus reading it to myself. Things seem to stick with me more and having a larger impact overall when I read them myself. I thought the narrator was quite good though and while there were a few parts that I lost focus on the plot, I thought this was beautifully written. I felt like I was there with Chris, Vern, Teddy, and Gordy. I have never seen the movie before, but I really want to now. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
King kitaplarını satın alıp okumayı tercih etsem de bu kitabın baskısı olmadığı ve uzun bir süre çıkmasını beklemediğim için kütüphaneden alıp okudum.
King'in okuduğum çoğu romanını sevdim ve bu romanlar arasında uzun olanları ise daha fazla sevdiğimi farkettim, bu yüzden King'in ne kadar uzun yazarsa kitabın o kadar iyi olduğunu düşünüyorum.Hikâyelerini de malum kısa oldukları için başarısız buluyorum(Tabiki King'e göre başkası yazsa beğeniceğim çok hikâyesi var).Bu kitap 2 tane uzun hikâyeden oluştuğu için bu kitabı beğenmeyeceğimi düşünüyordum ama okuyunca ne kadar önyargılı yaklaştığımı farkettim ve iki hikâyeyi de beğendim.Özellikle kitaba adını da veren Ceset hikâyesini daha çok beğendiğimi belirtmemde fayda var.Ceset te kaybolan bir çocuğun cesedini arayan 4 yakın arkadaşın başından geçen olayları ve bu olaylar sonucunda arkadaşlık bağlarını konu alıyor.Hikâyenin sonunda merak ettiğim bazı soruların cevabını bulamadım, bu da hikâyeye gizem katmış.Hikâyenin sonu baştan belli olduğu için kendisi şaşırtmıyor ama hikayedeki konuşma tarzı güzeldi.
İkinci hikâye olan Öfke de ise liseye de okuyan bir çocuğun aşırı öfke sorunu sonunda yaptığı sebep olduğu olayları ve bunları yapma sebebini anlatıyor.İçeriğiyle ilgili fazla bilgi vermek istemiyorum.Kitabın üslubu klasik King üslubu olmasına karşın hikâye beklediğimden farklı sonlanıyor bu sayede özgün bir hikâye oluyor. ( )
  Tobizume | Jun 9, 2020 |
Actual rating 4.5 ( )
  deesbooknook78 | Jun 18, 2019 |
I haven't seen the movie "Stand By Me" for 20 years or so but it sounds like it's almost exactly the story from the book. Four 12 year old friends in Maine hear of a dead body - a kid their age named Ray Brower - who went missing and apparently got hit by a train, and they set off to see it. And it's probably been close to 15 years since I've read a Stephen King novel, but I was reminded of just how good a writer he is - the story is outstanding and sucks in you, almost to the point I couldn't stop listening (I listened to the audio version). My complaint - and some will easily dismiss it - is the over-the-top volume of profanity and vulgarity (no, I hadn't forgotten that that is how King writes, but it's probably the biggest reason it's been close to 15 years since I've picked up a book by him). I've read King's [b:On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft|437148|On Writing A Memoir of the Craft|Stephen King|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1304619831s/437148.jpg|150292] (one of my favorites) and his comments on the necessity of profanity for realism in fiction, but he takes that to the extreme limit and then goes beyond. Some people may talk that way (and I'll admit to a couple of years as a kid when I should have had my mouth washed out occasionally), but it's not something I find edifying or that I care to listen to - and I think he could have cut out 95% of it and still got his message across. My other complaint is the stupid "Chico" story, which seemed to have no purpose - or if it did, I missed it. Still, credit where credit is due: this is a great story, and if there's a significant difference between the movie and the book, it's probably that the movie is a lot cleaner. ( )
  J.Green | Nov 22, 2016 |
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