dinsdag 19 april 2016

Stephen King: The Shining

Hi everyone

This review is about my reread of The Shining by Stephen King.
I got my copy from Bol and it has 659 pages.
You can find all my Stephen King reviews here.

 “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.”

*  SPOILERS  *

I’ve read a few reviews by other bloggers and/or Booktubers where they talk about how predictable the story is. And it is. The Shining really is predictable. But in my opinion that’s the point. You know Jack will go mad, you just know it’s going to happen at some point. But when will it happen? Will he kill his wife and son? Will he realize what is going on? When will it happen? Those are the real questions.

The Shining is very well plotted. Again, the story is predictable, especially because everyone has seen the movie (which Stephen King himself hated) but the way the story builds is amazing. It starts so subtle and slow and the ending is an amazing culmination of panic, fear and madness.
The atmosphere is creepy and eerie, the isolation is almost panic inducing and It’s amazing how gradually the pace builds to where you can’t put it down.
Choosing a hotel as the setting for this was a stroke of genious too because throughout the novel you get this sense not only of isolation but also of simply not-belonging. It’s not their home, they are in a sense trespassing.
Rereading the book has made me see and appreciate the subtleties throughout the novel and the gradual buildup of tension and horror.

King is a master at characterization. Wendy is such a strong character and she is like a lion when it comes to protecting her son. King could’ve made her a caricature very easily, but she still feels very realistic.
Jack’s background of alcoholism and abusive behavior towards his wife and son give the story so much credibility. His road to madness is very realistic because he has these tendencies in him already. And that’s the scariest part of The Shining. A father murdering his wife and son because he truly believes he should kill them.
But they barely talk. We are privy to every thought all three main characters have, but they do not talk to each other about them. And these thoughts feel so real with unfinished sentences, pure feelings and flitting impressions. Very realistic.

I really, really enjoyed it.

5 STARS

Happy reading!
Helena

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