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Desolation (Romans, Nouvelles, Recits (Domaine Etranger)) (French Edition) (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 1996)

av Stephen King (Författare)

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Several cross-country travelers--including a writer, a family on vacation, and a professor and his wife--end up in the little mining town of Desperation, where a crazy policeman and evil forces compel them to fight for their lives.
Medlem:thom.fresneau
Titel:Desolation (Romans, Nouvelles, Recits (Domaine Etranger)) (French Edition)
Författare:Stephen King (Författare)
Info:Albin Michel (1996), 574 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Desperation av Stephen King (1996)

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    Väktarna av Richard Bachman (ElBarto, kxlly)
    ElBarto: Der Schwesterroman, erzählt eine ähnliche aber doch ganz andere Geschichte.
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King at his creepiest. A great unfolding of horror. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
While so much of modern (and not so modern) horror is filled with religious terror, that unholy flipside to the noumen, there will always be a subset of horror devoted to scratching out particular aspects of it and developing it.

So, rather than going all tentacle monsters, we get down to the heart of the matter and terrify ourselves by saying that ALL is horror. :) Maybe it doesn't make for the most spectacular action tale, but it certainly bites you in the ass after a good long read.

Wait... did I just say this book doesn't have tentacular horrors from the vicinity of the Red King? Oh, sorry, no, this absolutely does. The beastie is beautiful. And the plot? It's everything you might want in a spaghetti western so long as you don't mind massive (and good) flashback-like sequences that give us the full story of this little town of Desperation.

Honesty time.

It was good but not quite as good as MOST of King. I always prefer his big supernatural bits in general, but not all of them are even in their quality. I grew bored with bits of this even tho, ostensibly, there wasn't really a REAL slow moment in it.

Maybe I just didn't care for the whole surface religious aspect (as opposed to crazy nutjob religious characters or a big twist on the source of the holy) even though, in the end, I am forced to think. The rest of it got a bit annoying.

But Good News, ye Faithful! I think you will find that this particular horror will suit your needs quite well! ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I love Stephen King and always look forward to a book he has written. While the story is good in the usual Stephen King fashion...the book itself is way, way, way too long with way, way, way too much useless detail... long and drawn out dialogues... and the excessive over-the-top character development. After about 100 pages or so the plot thins and I found myself caring little for the characters. That was unfortunate as the paperback edition had 693. Still he is still the King of Horror...Long live the King! ( )
  Carol420 | Feb 5, 2020 |
I got the paperback copy of Stephen King’s DESPERATION for Christmas some many years back, and it sat on my shelf far too long before I picked it up and read it. This was one of King’s 90’s efforts, which some of his avid fans think is his lesser period after he’d kicked his alcohol and drug habits, although I would disagree. I remember catching a TV miniseries version back in the 2000’s, co-starring Ron Pearlman, but as good as that show was, the book is so much better, even if in many ways, DESPERATION is a potboiler, where a sundry group of characters are thrown into a perilous situation, and must find away to save themselves. If the book hits on some of King’s familiar horror tropes, then he plays them here like a master here.

Many horror stories succeed or fail on the nature of the Big Bad, and in DESPERATION, I would give King an A+ with his creation of Tak, an evil entity (the Unformed) existing deep under the Nevada desert, that is until an old mine shaft is opened in the China Pit just outside the little town of Desperation, located in the middle of nowhere off of Rt. 50. Tak may well be a pagan God, one that ravenously craves death. Though unable to leave its underground lair, Tak is able to take physical possession any unwary human who wanders too close, and falls into its grip, literally entering their bodies and grotesquely swelling them with its life force. Not only that, but most of the local wildlife – canine, insect, reptile, and avian – come under the entity’s control. First a mine manager, then a receptionist, and finally a cop, becomes Tak’s vessel, and soon the human population of Desperation has all but been wiped out. But I give King credit, he does not make his villain all powerful, it may deal out a lot of carnage with its oversized victims, but the possessed bodies very quickly break down, necessitating a constant jump to another one, which just as quickly starts to fall apart. In Collie Entragian, the monster sized cop from hell, King has created one of his most fearsome, and memorable, antagonists. In some ways, Tak is similar to Pennywise from IT, another evil force that hides itself underground and lures the unsuspecting into its clutches, but in DESPERATION, the sober King wisely does not give this evil a cosmic mythology that nearly derails the book.

The other thing DESPERATION has going for it is King’s deft talent for characterization, as the malevolent Entragian picks off one traveler on the highway after another, and throws them into the Desperation jail. I became totally invested in these people right from the get go, feared for their safety, and worried what final fate would befall them. The two standouts of this group, who must ultimately face Tak on his home ground, are eleven year old David Carver, and the very middle aged author Johnny Marinville. King has always had an uncanny ability to write wonderful child characters, from the boys in THE BODY, to the Losers Club in IT, to THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON, to Danny Torrance in THE SHINING; they remain among his most vivid creations. I think David might be among the author’s best, a boy whose faith in God is put to an awful test. Marinville is a character familiar to any King reader, a once famous literary lion whose talent has been rusted away by alcohol and toxic fame. David’s family makes the mistake of traveling to Vegas in an RTV, while Marinville, hoping to get his writing mojo going again, takes a cross country motorcycle trip, which ends with all of them fighting for survival against Tak in the town of Desperation. Johnny and David instantly go to the top of my list of favorite King characters, a pair of most unlikely heroes.

In many of King’s books, he speculates about the nature of God, none more so than in DESPERATION. As in THE STAND, the God who emerges from King’s writing is not the loving deity of Sunday morning sermons, but a harder and sterner God, one who asks terrible things of his children when they are beset by a vile evil, when even his most faithful break under the weight of the struggle. There is an ongoing argument between the young believer, David, and the selfish cynic, Johnny, that I found most interesting, and to be some of King’s best writing. That King raises questions and then leaves it to the reader to answer fully is as it should be. One thing King is not mysterious about is the nature of evil, for his Tak is an all devouring entity, alien in every way to humanity, incapable of feeling anything but a voracious desire to kill and destroy. It is the embodiment of selfishness itself.

Those who like what King calls “the gross out” will not be disappointed here, the story has a high violence and gore content, even by the King’s standards; all that and plenty of creepy crawly encounters with spiders, rattlesnakes, scorpions, not to mention man killing coyotes and a hateful wolf. There is a high body count, and no punches are pulled when it comes to certain characters that would have been considered safe in many other mainstream horror novels. As in many of King’s books, there is a pause near the end of the mid section of the story where a lot of back story, exposition, and explanation are laid out, a necessary trope in order for the main characters to gain information they will need to take on Tak in the novel’s climax. If a lot of the final showdown feels familiar to any “constant reader,” that’s fine by me, as I feel we have become so invested in David and Johnny, along with Steve, Cynthia, Mary, and Ralph, that we should hardly notice. And there are a few references that date the book to the mid 90’s, like video rental stores, Albert Belle, spotty cell coverage, and hating Bill Clinton instead of Hillary. If King were writing it today, he would have to tweak it in the era of GPS and the Internet.

There is a companion book to DESPERATION, written by King under the name of Richard Bachman, titled THE REGULATORS, which I managed to read a few years back, and though not quite the epic ride of DESPERATION, it is a nasty (in the best way), and fun read on its own. I highly recommend it.

A few years after this book was published, Stephen King narrowly survived being hit by a motorist while out on walk. He pulled through, and was able to resume his writing career. Many readers have noted a change in his books since then, complaining that he too often rewrites himself, and regurgitates old themes he’s already visited. Too often in these latter books we are forced to witness another character’s struggle with substance abuse, or muse on the finer points of making music – two things very important to King. But this latter period has produced some great books: 11-22-63, DUMA KEY, FROM A BUICK 8, DOCTOR SLEEP, CELL, and the Bill Hodges trilogy. I would consider any of them to be among his finest. And after the success of IT on the big screen, I am sure some Hollywood producer, either at the studios, or at Netflix or Amazon Prime, is looking for another King title to make into a movie. I would respectfully suggest they take another look at DESPERATION and consider a reboot. It has a good story, great characters, and plenty of opportunities to scare the audience in the best way possible. ( )
  wb4ever1 | Sep 29, 2019 |
a bit hard to rate because this was uneven and kind of all over the place. it starts out really well, almost excellently, and continues that way for around 200 pages, with just a few stumbles. those stumbles become the main path of the story and so i found the next 500 pages much less compelling (although it still moved along easily enough). it was overly and unnecessarily gory (by a lot) and i feel like he had the start of a really interesting and thought-provoking story, and that it went off-track.

he and i, obviously, have different ideas of what makes for an interesting story, at its core. he returns here to the idea he seems to love, about evil (spirits this time) centering in a place, and taking different forms to express itself. i was much more interested in what the story seemed to be at first - how evil can suddenly appear in a person, and what it can do to someone or a community, and perhaps why someone might go crazy or be overcome with evil. when the supernatural crept in, i lost interest, as i generally do when he goes there.

and there are also holes in this one. some of them small and very minor, and others bigger but seemed obvious, and like they (king and his editors) decided to leave them in because it made that part more scary or helped deliver a line that they wanted in, or something. so that annoyed me. he doesn't understand the kid in the same way that i feel like he usually does (normally i don't think anyone writes kids as well as king does) but that mostly didn't bother me. other characters were half as well rounded as he usually does, but it actually felt ok when i was reading it. it's more in retrospect that i don't feel like i've got a really full experience of any of them. except maybe cynthia, but we met her a couple of books ago, in insomnia so maybe i feel like i already knew her.

i did like that, for most of the book, the kid was the hero. king isn't afraid to give kids that responsibility or treat them with more respect than most adults give them. that said, i also liked how, at the end, he was joined by one of the adults, who was also allowed to be heroic.

anyway, in thinking about this, i don't feel like it was all that great and i can name lots of problems with it from the writing to the story, but when i was reading it i found it easy and fast, and i was curious where it was heading. (even though i'd much prefer it to have gone somewhere else, somewhere psychological, not supernatural.) i'm interested to see how the companion book, the regulators relates and dovetails... ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | May 12, 2019 |
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