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Varsel (1977)

av Stephen King

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Den okrönta skräckklassikern När Jack Torrance får i uppdrag att ta hand om det isolerade Overlook Hotel över vintern, ser han det som en möjlighet att komma på fötter igen efter att ha misslyckats som författare och fått sparken från sitt lärarjobb. Hans fru, Wendy, ser vintermånaderna uppe i bergen som en chans att läka relationen med Jack och förhindra att familjen splittras. Danny, deras femårige son, ser något helt annat. Han är synsk och kan se scener som ingen femåring någonsin borde få se. Han ser hotellets fasansfulla förflutna och de onda krafter som väntar på familjen ... Varsel är Stephen Kings tredje utgivna roman och den bok som innebar hans stora internationella genombrott. Boken ligger också till grund för Stanley Kubricks klassiska skräckfilm The Shining med Jack Nicholson i huvudrollen."Stephen King är kung!" Mats StrandbergÖversättare: Bo G. A. Ericsson [Elib]… (mer)
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'Jack Torrance looked back over his shoulder once into the impenetrable,musty-smelling darkness and thought that if there was ever a place that should have ghosts, this was it.'

Plot

After he takes the job of winter caretaker, Jack Torrance and his family move into the Overlook Hotel, an isolated resort in the mountains. Jack,an aspiring writer, hopes that the isolation will help to rebuild his relationship with his family, as well as finish the play he's writing.

Jack's son Danny has a powerful telepathic ability,which has often got him in trouble with his parents. As they settle into The Overlook, Danny starts to see remnants of the Hotel's dark history, and soon discovers that they're more dangerous than he first thought.

As the winter cuts them off from the rest of the world, the history of The Overlook is revealed, as the Hotel itself comes to life.


My thoughts

This is the second book I've read by Stephen King after hearing a lot about both the book and the film. I've never seen the film, but plan on watching it now that I've finished the book, to see how it differs. I have to say that I was drawn in from the first few pages of this book, and this doesn't often happen for me. Usually I have to get a chapter or two into a book, when the story starts to move forward, to really be sucked into it. There was just something about the style of writing, and Jack's character that had me drawn into the story from the very start.

Whilst I wouldn't say I was scared by this book, it was definitely creepy. Stephen King's ability to make me visualise everything really added to the eeriness of the story, and also to my complete immersion in the lives of the Torrance family. Every detail was easy to imagine, right down to the carpet in the Hotel, so when it came to Danny's visions, the images were very vivid in my mind.

I always enjoy seeing the story through different points of view, and this book was no different. The majority of the story is told through Jack and Danny's eyes, with Danny being the first to encounter the dangers in the Hotel. I really enjoyed seeing how Danny, who is just five years old, deals with the horrors that are unfolding before his eyes. Although there are times when he's understandably terrified, the majority of the time he hides his emotions from his parents so that he doesn't scare them away from The Overlook, as he thinks that they are happy there. For such a young child, the way that he handles his visions is incredible; if I saw the things that he saw, I'd be running straight out of that Hotel.

Jack's character is an interesting one. He often reflects on his past mistakes and deeply regrets them, and he's determined to make a better life for his family, especially his son. Every day without a drink is a struggle for Jack, and when the Hotel is cut off by heavy snow, the isolation, rather than helping him, only makes this worse for Jack. The Hotel finds a way to get to him, and he slowly starts to lose his mind bit by bit, until he doesn't know himself anymore. The decline of Jack's mind was central to the story, and one of the most interesting parts for me, watching him losing a part of himself every day. His thoughts could be confusing at times, but this cemented the fact that the Hotel was starting to get to him.

I think it's time I mentioned Wendy, Jack's wife. Wendy has had a lot of problems to face before The Overlook Hotel, with her husband being prone to outbursts of anger, and his drinking problems. Struggling with the decision of what's best for Danny, Wendy believes that The Overlook Hotel could be good for them as a family, and maybe bring her and Jack back together. While at The Overlook, Wendy must now come to terms with the fact that her son is in danger not just from Jack, but from the Hotel itself. I really admired Wendy's character, and her protection of her son. The events unfolding at The Overlook are terrifying, but Wendy's first thought is always her son and how she can keep him out of danger. As her husband starts to succumb to the Hotel, Wendy is the one trying to hold everything together and keep her son safe.

Overall, I just couldn't put his book down. I spent three hours reading it in one morning,determined to finish it and see the outcome. My Kindle Edition had quite a few spelling mistakes, which at times was frustrating and distracting, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. If you're looking for a great psychological horror read, you should definitely pick yourself up a copy of The Shining.
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  Rebecca_Ross | Nov 2, 2020 |
Long one but a good one I think - it was quite slow to begin with and then the action heated up - kind of wished for a different ending as I always do - but it was good nonetheless - now on to the movie ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
So this is my first King novel, and probably not my last.
Yes there are some tense moments of psychological terror, but I was not expecting a portrait of alcoholism, handled well and realistically.
My initial impression is that the sympathetic characterization of Halloran balances the book.
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  runningbeardbooks | Sep 29, 2020 |
So good! I hadn't read this in literally decades, but it definitely held up well! And so much better than the movie. I still remember the fire hose from the first time I read this book which happened to be in 1977, the year it came out. I was reading alone in my bedroom at night and nobody else was home. I was at the part with the fire hose. A pine cone hit my window and I screamed and jumped out of my skin! I didn't quite have that reaction the second time through, but I made sure that I only read it during the daytime. ( )
  AliceAnna | Sep 10, 2020 |
La novela de King, que llevó Kubrick a la pantalla grande ( )
  hernanvillamil | Sep 7, 2020 |
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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.
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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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Den okrönta skräckklassikern När Jack Torrance får i uppdrag att ta hand om det isolerade Overlook Hotel över vintern, ser han det som en möjlighet att komma på fötter igen efter att ha misslyckats som författare och fått sparken från sitt lärarjobb. Hans fru, Wendy, ser vintermånaderna uppe i bergen som en chans att läka relationen med Jack och förhindra att familjen splittras. Danny, deras femårige son, ser något helt annat. Han är synsk och kan se scener som ingen femåring någonsin borde få se. Han ser hotellets fasansfulla förflutna och de onda krafter som väntar på familjen ... Varsel är Stephen Kings tredje utgivna roman och den bok som innebar hans stora internationella genombrott. Boken ligger också till grund för Stanley Kubricks klassiska skräckfilm The Shining med Jack Nicholson i huvudrollen."Stephen King är kung!" Mats StrandbergÖversättare: Bo G. A. Ericsson [Elib]

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