"YOU'RE THE CARETAKER, SIR. YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER. I SHOULD KNOW, SIR. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE...."
-- DELBERT GRADY OF THE OVERLOOK HOTEL
First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to laim the very souls of the Torrence family. Adapted into a cinematic masterpiece of horror by legendaryStanley Kubrick -- featuring an unforgettable performance by a demonic Jack Nicholson --The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia....Continua
This is by far my favorite Stephen king novel. The suspense, drama, mystery its absolutely terrifying. To think that at anytime by having the shine you can see dead people and read thoughts at Danny Torrences age is shocking and scary. If you enjoyed the movie - the book needs to be considered as a separate form of expression. Many things in the book are more evil, darker, and haunting then the movie was able to show. While the movie is also a favorite - the book takes the cake....Continua
"They watched until the car was out of sight, headed down the eastern slope. When it was gone, the three of them looked at each other for a silent, almost frightened moment. They were alone. Aspen leaves whirled and skittered in aimless packs across the lawn that was now neatly mowed and tended for no guest's eyes. There was no one to see the autumn leaves steal across the grass but the three of them. It gave Jack a curious shrinking feeling, as if his life force had dwindled to a mere spark while the hotel and the grounds had suddenly doubled in size and become sinister, dwarfing them with sullen, inanimate power."...Continua
Ero molto incerta se mettere 5 o "solo" 4 stelle. Ho scelto 5 perché se ci ho messo così tanto tempo a leggerlo è perché mi faceva troppa PAURA! Più volte ho dovuto interrompere perchè il disagio cresceva e cresceva, proprio come deve avvenire in un racconto horror, a partire da situazioni apparentemente banali che poi diventano sempre più soffocanti senza neanche che si riesca a capire che cosa ci fa paura, in realtà. La sequenza di Danny che va a giocare nel parco giochi per esempio è magistrale. Quindi sì, 5 stelline, assolutamente....Continua
Certo, c'è una dose massiccia di sovrannaturale, che poi dà anche il titolo al libro e giustifica tutta la storia che si tinge di inverosimile per essere più terrorizzante che mai. Però quello che viene messo in scena, con giochi pirotecnici e grandi trovate horror, è una famiglia che va in pezzi, e non solo metaforicamente. Quanto il rancore inespresso, che rimane a covare sotto un'apparente normalità, può andare a fomentare rancori e sedimentarsi senza trovare sfogo se non in maniera violenta? Quante volte capita che in una famiglia per i propri errori, per i propri fallimenti personali non si trova altro capro espiatorio che negli altri membri (perché non hanno capito, perché non hanno adeguatamente sostenuto, perché non hanno saputo qual era la cosa giusta da fare...) Il rancore rimane a distillare vittimismo che può sfociare nella rabbia e nella violenza più sorda. Proprio laddove invece si dovrebbe trovare il maggior sostegno. Questo è davvero agghiacciante, molto più delle siepi che si trasformano in mostri o degli zombie che si mettono a girare per i corridoi di un vecchio albergo che ne ha viste di tutti i colori. Non potersi fidare più di colui che ti ha cullato, cresciuto, da chi si dovrebbe prendere cura di te deve essere una condizione terribile, Ancor più agghiacciante in quanto è una situazione che sembra darsi spesso anche nella realtà, non sono nelle pagine di un maestro del terrore....Continua
This novel is not a simply horror story, but it is more: the author writes a deep and detailed analysis of the characters, of the dark human soul and moreover he underlines the way this darkness hurts a family's love.
We meet and learn to know the family of Jack, Wendy and Danny: Jack has failed as a teacher, a writer, a husband, and a father.
He has even failed as a drunk.
Wendy loves her son and her husband, but most of all she loves having them with her. Danny, who is the main character, is a little boy aged six and he shines.
People who shine can sometimes see things that are going to happen, and they sometimes
can see things that did happen. But they're just like pictures in a book.
Danny feels things and people, he feels the good and the bad, he can foresee when the bad arrives and he perfectly knows he has to compare with it; he also knows that his curiosity is dangerous and it can take him into troubles, but he wants to discover what is hidden behind closed doors.
He sees his father to change completely and becoming a sort of murderous rage.
It is at this point, that we understand the masterly ability of King to read children's thoughts and to translate them into the words of a novel.
Stephen King knows how to tell stories, how to create characters and how to make them alive.
The Overlook hotel, where the story is settled, is alive too.
Here all things had a sort of life and so many things at the Overlook seemed like dreams. The hotel wants Danny, maybe all of them, but Danny for sure, because he is the one with the shining.
Suddenly it seems that he can almost feel the weight of the Overlook bearing down on him from above, one hundred and ten guest rooms, the storage rooms, kitchen, pantry, freezer, lounge, ballroom, dining room ...
Terrible things happen in the world, and they're things no one can explain. Good people die in bad, painful ways and leave the folks that love them all alone. Sometimes it seems
like it's only the bad people who stay healthy and prosper. The world don't love Danny, but his family does. He is a good boy. He grieves for his daddy.
That's what a good son has to do.
That's his job in this hard world: to keep his love alive and see that he gets on, no matter what.