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The Shining (1977)

by Stephen King

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Series: The Shining (1)

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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.… (more)
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Another brilliant King novel marred by a terrible ending (the Kubrick movie ending is sooooo much better, but I understand King hates it). The prancing topiary were totally unnecessary and completely laughable.

I loved King books and consumed them voraciously until he fed me one too many bad endings (in Pet Sematary) so I moved on to other horror writers that were almost as good but could consistently finish a story without making me laugh or throw the book across the room.

King is a good, could be a great, writer if he would only edit and consistently finish a story. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
Jack Torrance has allowed his alcoholism to control many aspects of his life. This time it has led to a physical altercation with a student that has cost him his job. In order to take care of his family, Torrance has taken a position as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado during the winter season when the hotel is closed. Jack's son, Danny, has always been a special child. He has always had an insight into situations and feelings that others do not which is referred to as the "shining". Thanks to his friend, "Tony", Danny knows that their winter at the Overlook is going to be anything but a good time.

The Overlook Hotel has a murderous past and the fact that it's mostly empty is not going to stop it from taking new people into its fold. Danny sees horrific unusual things in the hotel even before the season has officially started and wonders if they will make it out alive. As the spirits become more active, Jack becomes overtaken and sets out to murder his family in order to gain favor with those "in charge."

I have not read many Stephen King books but have discovered that I can get through them if I do them in audio. Campbell Scott is a wonderful narrator who truly brought the characters of Jack, Wendy, and Danny to life. I would gladly read something he narrates again.

I have seen this movie multiple times and have always wanted to read the book but find King difficult to read in book form. I thoroughly enjoyed finally being able to enjoy this story and look forward to enjoying more King novels in the future. ( )
  Micareads | Jun 21, 2022 |
Recensione sul blog: https://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2017/12/recensione-154-shining.html


Jack Torrace, la moglie Wendy, e il figlioletto Danny si stanziano all'Overlook Hotel. Jack ha ottenuto il lavoro di guardiano dell'albergo durante l'inverno. Un inverno che li terrà totalmente divisi dal mondo e lascerà la famiglia Torrance in balia dell'albergo, che serba molte sorprese.
Non avevo mai letto un libro di Stephen King. Non mi attirava quasi per nulla. Ma il sondaggio ha fatto sì che dovessi leggere Shining e così è stato.
Nel complesso l'ho trovato un buon libro, ma nulla di che. Di sicuro non all'altezza di quanto avevo sentito su quest'autore. Forse è anche a causa della traduzione, che so essere cambiata con la nuova edizione. Ma, in quella che avevo io, non era granché. Anzi.
Per quanto riguarda la storia, è un misto tra fantasy ed horror. Ho trovato interessante la storia dell'hotel e ciò che lo inabita, così come anche la presa che l'Overlook ha su Jack. Per certi versi è parecchio spaventoso vedere come Jack cambia man mano che l'hotel prende il sopravvento su di lui. Jack è un personaggio che per certi versi ho odiato. È debole nella mente e nello spirito, facilmente assoggettabile, un ex-ubriacone fallito. Un personaggio che mi è parso blando e che è servito solo per portare avanti la vicenda. Meh.
Certmente gli spiriti dell'hotel sono forti, sempre di più man mano che il luogo diventa più isolato. Si fanno sempre più evidenti, causando molti episodi violenti e distruggendo i legami già flebili della famiglia. In effetti, il legame tra Jack e sua moglie Wendy era già messo male, ma grazie all'hotel viene distrutto a poco a poco. Vediamo la fiducia l'uno nell'altro sbiadire pagina dopo pagina, ogni momento che passa.
Anche Wendy non è che mi sia piaciuta, eh... Davvero poco sveglia. Se fossi stata in lei, me ne sarei andata quasi subito. Invece lei aspetta. Esita. E ne paga le conseguenze. Ogni volta che c'era un suo P.O.V. mi chievedo se fosse stupida. In effetti lo è, ma proprio senza ombra di dubbio. Le parti in cui c'era lei erano le più pesanti, forse anche puù di quelle di Jack.
L'unico un po' più normale e più sveglio della famiglia è il piccolo Danny, che a soli sei anni ha più cervello dei due genitori messi assieme. In certi punti l'ho trovato completamente irrealistico. Si comportava come un bambino molto più grande. In altri sembra avere davvero la sua età. In certi punti l'ho trovate piuttosto irritante. Resta il fatto che su lui ricade la responsabilità di proteggere la famiglia, perché solo lui riesce a percepire davvero quanto sia pericoloso l'Overlook.
Halloran è forse il personaggio che mi è piaciuto di più, il che è tutto dire con questo set di personaggi. Ma questo abbiamo. È interessante perché lui è la fonte principale delle nostre informazioni sull' "aura" e su cosa essa comporta, ed è certamente d'aiuto. Pensavo sarebbe stato più importante, nel complesso, quindi sono rimasta un pochino delusa, ma è comunque il personaggio più positivo, assieme a Danny.
Per quanto riguarda lo stile di scrittura, l'ho trovato piuttosto noioso. Blando. Mi fermavo ogni tot pagine per vedere quanto mancava. Nel complesso, King non è riuscito a catturarmi. E, come ho detto, la traduzione che avevo tra le mani non era delle migliori.
La storia aveva un grosso potenziale che però non ho visto fiorire completamente, ed è un peccato, ma non mi sento di buttare via del tutto questo libro.
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  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
Better than IT, being much shorter helped. But it still feels overly long, with far too much dull meandering before a very strong final act. I'd have liked to see that final act be the second half of a shorter book and all the set-up be compressed down. King's troubling writing of/about people of colour is in evidence as is his refusal to pass up any opportunity to describe the appearance, presence or feel of a female breast. We get it, women have boobs, Stephen. Give it a rest. ( )
  ElegantMechanic | May 28, 2022 |
Finalmente ritrovo il vecchio King di cui mi ero innamorato da ragazzo. Non so davvero perchè ho perso questa perla in passato ma finalmente l'ho letto grazie al GdL che l'ha visto protagonista. ( )
  louchobi | May 12, 2022 |
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King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, HarroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dell'Orto, AdrianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Isomursu, PenttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, CampbellNarratorsecondary 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.
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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.
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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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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

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