The Shining
by Stephen King
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"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

THE SHINING

First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career

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I.M.MayesI.M.Mayes wrote a review
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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.
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