Hearts in Atlantis

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Publisher: Scribner

3.9
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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:  | Edition 1

Also available as: Audio Cassette , Mass Market Paperback , Audio CD , eBook , Paperback

Category: Fiction & Literature , Mystery & Thrillers , Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Book Description
Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mum is impoverished and so bitter that she barely loves him. King is as good as Spielberg or Steven Millhauser at depicting an enchanted kid's-eye view of the world, and his Harwich is realistically luminous to the tiniest detail: kids bashing caps with a smoke-blackened rock; a car grille "like the sneery mouth of a chrome catfish"; a Wild Mouse carnival ride that makes kids "simultaneously sure they were going to live forever and die immediately."

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

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  • 5

    He sure knows how to push the right buttons, doesn’t he?

    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 ca ...continue

    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.

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  • 3

    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 ...continue

    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.

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  • 4

    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 oc ...continue

    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.

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  • 5

    Il primo racconto è stato quello che mi è piaciuto di più. Anche gli altri sono belli ma il primo ha una marcia in più.In tutti c'è sempre una atmosfera molto triste.

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  • 3

    「有時候要為了一個好故事讀一本書,不要像那些挑剔勢利的讀者一樣;有時候要為了作者的語言讀一本書,不要像那些保守的讀者一樣」--P37
    --
    總覺得史蒂芬.金很喜歡透過書中人物之口
    去抒發自己對於閱讀和寫作這兩件事的看法
    當然也要把握機會酸一下那些所謂的嚴肅作品
    我覺得閱讀應該是隨興所至
    不帶任何目的和壓力的去讀
    才能體會閱讀的真正樂趣
    硬是要在閱讀之前預設目的
    或者要在閱讀之後找尋收穫
    都屬於無病 ...continue

    「有時候要為了一個好故事讀一本書,不要像那些挑剔勢利的讀者一樣;有時候要為了作者的語言讀一本書,不要像那些保守的讀者一樣」--P37
    --
    總覺得史蒂芬.金很喜歡透過書中人物之口
    去抒發自己對於閱讀和寫作這兩件事的看法
    當然也要把握機會酸一下那些所謂的嚴肅作品
    我覺得閱讀應該是隨興所至
    不帶任何目的和壓力的去讀
    才能體會閱讀的真正樂趣
    硬是要在閱讀之前預設目的
    或者要在閱讀之後找尋收穫
    都屬於無病呻吟之舉
    樂趣,一直是我持續做這件是唯一的目的
    也是我至今的人生觀
    任何我付出心力的事情,都是為了我的樂趣而存在
    另外,他對於成癮者的行為和心理描寫真是一絕
    大概和他曾是酒鬼有關

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  • 4

    At his finest.

    A collection of connected short stories.

    "Low Men in Yellow Coats"
    "Hearts in Atlantis"
    "Blind Willie"
    "Why We're in Vietnam"
    "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling" ...continue

    A collection of connected short stories.

    "Low Men in Yellow Coats"
    "Hearts in Atlantis"
    "Blind Willie"
    "Why We're in Vietnam"
    "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling"

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  • 2

    Comme ci, Comme ça

    Che dire. Da appassionato della Serie della Torre Nera mi è piaciuto un sacco il primo racconto "Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo" con co-protagonista quel Ted Brautigan, frangitore, già incontrato ne ...continue

    Che dire. Da appassionato della Serie della Torre Nera mi è piaciuto un sacco il primo racconto "Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo" con co-protagonista quel Ted Brautigan, frangitore, già incontrato nelle avventure del cavaliere Roland. Anche perché ambientato agli inizi degli anni 60, periodo in cui King riesce a dare il massimo rievocando atmosfere nostalgiche che toccano alcune corde misteriose.
    I tre racconti centrali, sinceramente mi hanno annoiato e li ho portati a termine sono per dovere "figliare" nei confronti dell'autore.
    Resta poi l'ultimo racconto, rimando al primo, che conclude l'ideale anello che li collega tutti cinque.

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