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The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand (edition 1990)

by Stephen King

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It's 1985 and a deadly 'superflu' practically wipes out the population of the U.S. Gradually survivors trail across a wasteland of horror and death to congregate in two zones, one the embodiment of good, the other the embodiment of evil.
Title:The Stand
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 1152 pages
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The Stand by Stephen King

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    lquilter: Terry Brooks' Armageddon's Children is basically a YA post-apocalyptic gathering of the forces, much like Stephen King's adult-fiction version, The Stand. Brooks' AC is more high-fantasy good-versus-evil, and King's is more Christian eschatology, but both involve dark forces working towards a final show-down, in a post-apocalyptic world.… (more)
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: An ensemble cast of flu survivors journey across the U.S. and through the remains of civilization to fulfill their fated roles in these novels. The Stand is more graphic and action-packed, with a clear theme of good vs. evil.

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I fans di Stephen King adorano questo libro. Io lo ho trovato farraginoso, infantile e indigesto fin dalla prima lettura, e sì che avevo 12 anni e mi bevevo di tutto... Ma sta lotta tra il bene e il male bisognava per forza identificarla con la lotta fra la famigliola americana e i disadattati? Ma bisognava per forza allungare il brodo fino a questo punto?
Della caratterizzazione dei personaggi, non parliamone neanche. Piatti come figurine dei calciatori.
E allora, perché tre stelline tre?
Perché all'epoca mi fece comunque una paura boia. E la scena di Flagg che tira fuori un gran sorriso ancora mi fa rizzare i capelli in testa al solo pensiero.
  Elanna76 | May 2, 2024 |
I read the 1990 expanded edition this year (2021). Some of the language and tropes, especially the dialogue, are now pretty dated (who refers to sex as "the horizontal bop" these days? and a character like Frannie, whose world seems to revolve around the men in her life, does not read well in the 21st century). That said, it's still a rip-snorter of a story. Like most of what King has written, it hooks you until the you can actually hear the characters just behind your shoulder, murmuring, breathing, laughing. I felt bereft when I'd finished. ( )
  punkinmuffin | Apr 30, 2024 |
Saw the miniseries in the early nineties. Now, finally I am reading the audiobook during corona quarantine.
Perhaps, Stephen king’s all time best. It shows that King is truly one of the great masters. A Great idea that has been put to paper making all fit smoothly, the characters, the plot, prose.
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  nitrolpost | Mar 19, 2024 |
Tremendous. An epic. The hardest book to put down I've read in a long long long time. ( )
  wsampson13 | Mar 2, 2024 |
This apparently is the novel that most Stephen King fan say is their favourite. I am not sure about that, but I do know it’s an extremely good and arguably important book. It certainly one of those books that I’m glad I’ve read. This was the second time that I read it, having read it when I was in my late teenage years. I could remember little apart from parts of the final third, And it seemed like a new book.

I think with any book that’s over 1000 pages long, one gets very invested into it. That’s along with Stephen. King’s folk style means that you really feel something about the characters. This is the sort of book that a bookclub could discuss for six months.

Is it his best, it certainly very different from the normal Stephen King run. There’s no really detailed recollection and depiction of America in the 1960s or 50s, and there isn’t a professorial or author type of character living somewhere in Maine. Don’t get me wrong, turns up but it’s not like what he’s done before.

I’m not gonna leave any spoilers here, but you’ll never forget the journey that the characters make. ( )
  aadyer | Feb 15, 2024 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, HarroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olofsson, LennartTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Outside the street's on fire In a real death waltz Between what's flesh and what's fantasy And the poets down here Don't write nothing at all They just stand back and let it all be And in the quick of the night They reach for their moment And try to make an honest stand... -- Bruce Springsteen
...And it was clear she couldn't go on, The door was opened and the wind appeared, The candles blew and then disappeared, The curtains flew and then he appeared, Said, "Don't be afraid, Come on, Mary," And she had no fear And she ran to him And they started to fly... She had taken his hand... Come on, Mary, Don't fear the reaper... -- Blue Oyster Cult
Well the deputy walks on hard nails And the preacher rides a mount But nothing really matters much, It's doom alone that counts And the one-eyed undertaker, he blows a futile horn "Come in," she said, "I'll give ya Shelter from the storm." -- Bob Dylan
For my wife Tabitha:
This dark chest of wonders.
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Hapscomb's Texaco sat on US 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston.
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Please do not combine The Stand (1978) with The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (1990). The latter edition contains over 300 pages of new material and includes subplots and characters not included in the 1978 edition.

ISBNs associated with the original version of The Stand include (0385121687, 0450045528, 0450054802, 0451090136, 0451098285, 0451121597, 0451127897, 0451139712, 0451150678, 451160959, 2277223263, 3785704267, 9020409611, and 9158215735)
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It's 1985 and a deadly 'superflu' practically wipes out the population of the U.S. Gradually survivors trail across a wasteland of horror and death to congregate in two zones, one the embodiment of good, the other the embodiment of evil.

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A virus gets out
Kills almost everybody
Good guys kill bad guy

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