By Stephen King
Language: English | Number of Pages: 528 | Format: Hardcover | In other languages: (other languages) Chi traditional , Italian , Spanish , French , Dutch , German , Russian , Greek , Chi simplified , Czech , Portuguese , Swedish
Isbn-10: 0684853515 | Isbn-13: 9780684853512 | Publish date: 14/09/1999 | Edition 1
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Bobby's mum takes in a lodger, Ted Brautigan, who turns the boy on to great books such as Lord of the Flies. Unfortunately, Ted is being hunted by yellow-jacketed men--monsters from King's Dark Tower novels who take over the shady part of town. They close in on Ted and Bobby, just as a gang of older kids menace Bobby and his girlfriend, Carol. This pointedly echoes the theme of Lord of the Flies (the one book King says he wishes he'd written): war is the human condition. Ted's mind-reading powers rub off a bit on Bobby, granting nightmare glimpses of his mum's assault by her rich, vile, jaunty boss. King packs plenty into 250 pages, using the same trick Bobby discerns in the film Village of the Damned: "The people seemed like real people, which made the make-believe parts scarier."
Vietnam is the otherworldly horror that haunts the remaining four stories. In the title tale, set in 1966, University of Maine college kids play the card game Hearts so obsessively they risk flunking out and getting drafted. The kids discover sex, rock and politics, become war heroes and victims, and spend the '80s and '90s shell-shocked by change. The characters and stories are criss-crossed with connections that sometimes click and sometimes clunk. The most intense Hearts player, Ronnie Malenfant ("evil infant"), perpetrates a My Lai-like atrocity; a nice Harwich girl becomes a radical bomber. King's metaphor for lost '60s innocence is inspired by Donovan's "sweet and stupid" song about the sunken continent, and his stories hail the vanished Atlantis of his youth with deep sweetness and melancholy intelligence. --Tim Appelo
Valeria said on Apr 23, 2017, 17:34
At 50 y.o. this book leaves a tide of emotions behind, once you've turned the last page, that's difficult to put a review in written words. S. King is a magician who plays with emotions rather than cards, he's like Ted: "For an old guy, he sure knows how to push the right buttons, doesn’t he?”(Carol words, not mine).
King is more than a storyteller, he's a GREAT storyteller, he's an emotionteller. He brings the tide that noone would like to see to recede and to be left in the dry again. Everyone has his Carol, Bobby, Pete, Skip, Ted and everyone, sometimes, sits on a bench with a baseball glove, thinking of them, of himself, with watering eyes.
Enrico Tassinari said on Aug 25, 2016, 08:27
Romanzo un po' anomalo rispetto agli schemi e alle tematiche soliti all'autore..un libro che si compone di cinque atti, via via sempre più brevi (in termini di lunghezza), strettamente connessi l'un l'altro, il primo, forse, un po' più riuscito dei seguenti e un po' più misterioso e "paranormale".
King sviluppa la trama dipingendo perfettamente gli stati d'animo dei protagonisti e allo stesso tempo narrando le emozioni, gli ideali, le vittorie e le sconfitte di tutta un'epoca, quella degli adolescenti americani degli anni '60, del Vietnam e delle rivolte pacifiste.
Simone... said on Mar 01, 2016, 15:47
Un libro che trasmette magnificamente ogni sensazione provata dal proatagonista. Una storia in cui prevale l'amicizia, ma non una normale amicizia... L'amicizia tra un ragazzino ed un anziano i cui occhi raccontano tutto. Tenerezza, compassione e rabbia prevalgono non solo nel libro, ma anche durante la lettura.
kahan said on Nov 02, 2015, 20:59
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MuMuMuny said on Feb 26, 2015, 08:23
Arya said on Jan 02, 2015, 19:07
A collection of connected short stories.
"Low Men in Yellow Coats"
"Hearts in Atlantis"
"Why We're in Vietnam"
"Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling"
Leonardo Taccari said on Dec 21, 2014, 11:53