And would you recommend it to anyone else?
This topic by suggestion...
I've been wanting to read that, especially because The Body and Shawshank. Just been waiting to see it on the cheap at a used bookstore. I went thru a phase where I really wanted to read books of movies I like. The Green Mile for example. Loved the movie. The book, not so much. I, personally, don't think King is that good of a writer, but his stories, they can sometimes really captivate me....
I've got huge respect for the guy, but I just don't like the dark stuff. I'm partial to the Different Seasons collection (three of the four of which became movies), which includes Shawshank and The Body (aka Stand By Me), but even that isn't exactly sunny.
marye, If you like King's writing but not his subject matter, you might enjoy "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" by King. It's a well written psychological horror novel that isn't as dark or gruesome as many of King's novels. I read it a few years ago and gave it to my daughter to read after I read it.
Now I really like his writing. He's an incredible craftsman. It's his subject matter I have trouble with. I don't like spending time on the dark side.
Shawshank Redemption is one of the most satisfying stories ever, though.
But now I'm onto to The Insulted and the Humiliated. I don't know why I'm into reading their less famous works. It seems to take me a while to get going, then the book flies to the finish. I just love the way they write. I while back I started Thomas Wolfe's O Lost, the complete text of Look Homeward, Angel, and Kerouac's scroll of On The Road. It just something about how all these guys put words together. Like I can't read much Stephen King, for example. I love his mind, but not his writing...
I recently read Resurrection. It took me a while to get going, but worth it. I love Tolstoy...
I need to order that. I went to the booksigning at the Fillmore the other night and bought the book. But there's no substitute for Jerry's own voice.
It's so great to hear Jerry in his own voice. I love the reflections on Cassady. Especially the 'directing' the bus into the pole part in Chapter 5, pt. 2. I laughed out loud!
P.S. The item might be in your local library if you are lucky!
I'm reading "The Irish Troubles, a Generation of Violence 1967 - 1992", by J. Bower Bell, and listening to an audiobook 6-volume set of "Edward Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire". As you can see, I have more fun than most people, but I'll be a grown-up some day.
But seriously, this is serious. I can't shake the feeling we've been sliding into fascism, and that it is speeding up. That is why I'm reading these two books right at this time. 800 FEMA 'containment' camps, military gear sold to our police for riot control. I'm not saying the worst will happen, just saying we're ripe for the pluckin'. Hang on folks. As Bob Dylan says, "Things are going to get interesting right about now."
GD will ease the pain and love for my kids will see me through.
First I've heard that I was supposed to write a foreword (like that nightmare when it's suddenly the final exam of the class you didn't know you were taking), but it seems like they have quite a few others. A magnum opus for sure. Kudos to Stu et al.