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Hearts In Atlantis is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.
In "Low Men in Yellow Coats," eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood and that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the he
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Paperback, Film tie-in, 640 pages
Published 2001 by New English Library (first published September 14th 1999)
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Although some episodes of the sixties seem to us unreal, are not fictitious, really they occurred. Stephen King, who was the first writer…more
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Although some episodes of the sixties seem to us unreal, are not fictitious, really they occurred. Stephen King, who was the first writer of the television generation that has achieved tremendous success, Carrie published in 1974, his first novel, just one year before the withdrawal of the last American troops from Vietnam. The images of that war and protests against had flooded the small screens of American households for almost ten years, leaving an indelible mark on a generation. In Hearts in Atlantis, King mesmerizes readers with fiction deeply planted in those years, sixty, and explores, over four decades, stigma and psychological legacy of the Vietnam War in people. Full of danger, full of suspense and, above all, full of feelings, this book of Stephen King will transport some readers to a place they have never before visited other to a place that will never entirely leave(less)
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Daniel
Apr 01, 2016 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one has ever written the joys of boyhood better than Stephen King. That's not what people talk about when they talk about him, but it's true. It's a subject that needs to be written about entirely without pretense and absolutely free of language too large for ball games and playing in the mud. Between this one, The Body, and It, the good reader will find himself transported into the actual moments of young pleasure, before girls take over and ruin the perfect freedom of true youth. Not that g ...more
Thomas Strömquist
King's last book of the 90's is probably the best surprise of my King reading project this far. This book is a display of enchanting storytelling, so good that long passages of little happening and small inconsistencies or lacking explanations simply do not matter at all. The first and longest story is a brilliant one about small-town kids, echoing Ray Bradbury, Dan Simmons' Summer of Night and Kings' own It, The Body and numerous others of course. A perfect blend of kids real, imagined and unus ...more
Maciek
If I could give six stars to this book, I would. And seven. And eight...And nine. And ten...
Becky
So... This is not one of my favorite King books. The first time I ever read it, I did so without realizing that it was a collection of inter-related short stories, and not having read The Dark Tower series (though, Ted wouldn't have made an appearance in that series way back when anyway, so...), but either way - it didn't really do much for me.

On subsequent reads, the confusion regarding the format is not there, but the stories just don't really grab me like I want them to, and how I'm used to
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Amar
Jul 25, 2015 Amar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Čitavo vrijeme sam pisao da je ovo zbirka novela , ali sad , nakon što sam završio ovu predivnu knjigu , mijenjam mišljenje i kažem da je ovo roman. Roman koji genijalno funkcioniše sa tim novelama i koji je zaokružuju kao cjelinu .

Ne znam sta bi mogao napisati , da bi bilo dostojno ovom djelu .
Prva priča - Genijalna !
Druga - pa onako , ali paše u cjelokupnu priču.
Treća - Genijalna!
Četvrta - Genijalna ! ( sa odličnom scenom jedne vizije . Jest da je ni sam nisam najbolje razumio , ali odlično d
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Wayne Barrett

This is nowhere near being one of Kings scariest books, but it may possibly be one of the deepest novels he has written.

Being a child of the 60's, having grown up in the Vietnam era, this book really hit home for me. But it wasn't just because of the war itself. This was a look into the hearts of man (and woman).

Interestingly enough, I started out in the first story being entertained in the fantasy of a tale that not only took me back to a time of my childhood but was also connected to King's D
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Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 estrellas.

Corazones en la Atlántida es esa clase de obra que cuando la terminás, resultás una persona diferente a la que eras cuando la empezaste.

Los corazones pueden romperse. Si, los corazones pueden romperse. A veces pienso que sería mejor si muriéramos cuando lo hacen, pero no lo hacemos.

Este es uno de los libros de King que más me gustaron. Las cinco historias presentes en esta novela me parecieron grandiosas. Todas tocan temas delicados, terroríficos y hasta tienen una alta dosis de d
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Rachel
Sep 18, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
No one would claim that King is Shakespear. That being said, SK has crafted stories like "The Body" and "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" in such a way that to dismiss the people within them or describe them as simply "characters" is somehow lacking. The outer novella in HEARTS IN ATLANTIS was like that for me. "Low Men in Yellow Coats" although referential to King's SF Gunslinger series is easily a stand alone. Bobby and Ted are drawn so expertly, so deftly, that as I read this book, ...more
Brian Schwartz
Feb 02, 2013 Brian Schwartz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HEARTS IN ATLANTIS is one of Stephen King’s more critically acclaimed novels. Perhaps critics missed the genre references in the opening story. But they are correct to herald it. I was moved by the story and its characters.

As I stated earlier, I can’t stand to listen to hippies wax nostalgic about the 60s. I’ve read enough and studied enough and examined the decade without romantic attachment. I’m much happier to have grown up in the 1980s and Reagan’s America.

However, King does not romanticize.
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Katerina
Mar 26, 2016 Katerina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Steve
The first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats" (at 250 pages, about half the book), contains some of King's finest writing, with sensitive portrayals of children (of course), but also women. Liz Garfield, the mother of the central character, Bobby, not a particularly likable person, is also a complicated one. A single working mother, struggling to make ends meet, while at the same time dealing with (extreme) sexism in her workplace and her own anger issues, is to my mind one of King's greatest ficti ...more
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As a Stephen King fan, I am surprised to be writing a review like this on one of his books. I am dissapointed in this King novel. The first story in the book was good. "Low Men in Yellow Coats" had a decent amount of plot to get me into the book. It was a very wise decision either on Mr. King's part or the Publishers part to put that at the beginning of the book. It was enough to capture me as a reader into reading further on.I would give that story alone about a 3... "Hearts in Atlantis" is abo ...more
Checkman
Not a bad book.Five stories loosely tied together that cover thirty-nine years (1960-1999). Very little supernatural elements with the exception of the first story "Low Men In Yellow Coats" which is part of King's "Dark Tower" universe. "Hearts in Atlantis" is more of a look at King's generation (the babyboomers/sixties) and how they haven't lived up to the expectations that they had for themselves and what others had for them. Of course which generation can say that it has?

Hearts is a dramatic
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Leslie
Jan 13, 2010 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this novel? First and foremost I would say that this is not what we know as the typical Stephen King novel. The book is 4 inter-related stories that deal with the 60's and the Vietnam war. Outside of the Dark Tower tie-in and the Low Men in Yellow Coats, the emphasis here isn't on the supernatual. Instead, they focus on the very 'natural' cruelty of humanity. While not altogether necessary, I found that my experience of this book was further enriched by reading Golding's 'Lo ...more
Wizzard
Feb 01, 2011 Wizzard rated it it was amazing
King is the master of horror. The first story hinted at great horror while including enough realism to ring true emotionally. These interlinked stories deal with the loss of innocence that comes from leaving childhood behind using the Vietnam War as a backdrop. This is not a horror story but a gripping tale that displays a deep need for healing within our nation because of our relationship to war/violence.
Jeremy Bates
Apr 09, 2013 Jeremy Bates rated it it was amazing
This is one of King's books you love or hate because it's not typical King, per say. There's no Pennywise-type demon, no haunted mansion, no devil-in-an-antique-shop. Nevertheless, a lot of critics tend to agree some of King's best work is the stuff least influenced by the supernatural. I agree. One of my favorite novellas he's written is The Body--nothing but four kids going on a journey of self-discovery.

Anyway, Hearts is an engaging tale about the baby boomer generation, propagating the view
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Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King was a great book, in my opinion. It contains 5 short stories, from different period in Bobby's life.
The first is Low Men in Yellow Coats. In this one we learn Bobby's dad died young, of a heart attack, and loved to gamble. And he's mom's favorite saying is "your father didn't exactly leave us well off." He see a bike he really wants for his 11th birthday, but she says they can't afford it.
The second is Hearts in Atlantis. Bli
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Dawn
Apr 18, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it
This has been on my to-read list for a long time. Why read it now? I have no idea. I randomly had the urge to one night, so I yielded to that desire and started in. I really need to do that more often. Screw schedules and series and "this is what I'll read next" promises. Random choices are fun. I think 50% of my enjoyment while reading for this came from reading what I felt like reading when I felt like reading it with no pressure to finish it.

The other 50% came from the stories themselves. I
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Adam Light
Amazing. Second time was much better than the first. Full of beautiful passages about time, loss, regret, redemption. I really can't describe it. I can only say that it certainly might be King's masterpiece.
Billy
Feb 01, 2011 Billy rated it it was amazing
SPOILER ALERT!!!!

This book haunts me sometimes, parts of it are that beautiful. Its actually a book containing 2 novellas and 3 short stories, with a common thread of inter-connected characters throughout it. The first story, Low Men In Yellow Coats, is a direct Dark Tower related story. A coming of age tale for a young boy. This is the part that the movie was based on, although they left out all DT references. One thing I have always loved about King is that whatever time period he is writing
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Angel
Una vez más me quito el sombrero ante el maestro de maestros. Stephen King es... no lo sé, no tengo palabras. Es magnífico.

El libro es un conjunto de cinco historias siguiendo a los mismos personajes en diferentes periodos de tiempo desde los 60s hasta 1999. Hay diferencias de narración en cada historia y algunas de ellas presentan elementos paranormales, lo que es genial, aún así no creo que ninguna de las historias pueda ser considerada como un relato de terror. Son historias emotivas, me atre
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Apr 08, 2011 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it liked it
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I read this in its unabridged audiobook format and was initially held spellbound. At first glance, this isn't a book I'd pick up and read on my own which is is probably why I didn't purchase it before now but I always enjoy Stephen King's voice and the first story "Low Men In Yellow Coats" is no exception.

It clocks in at 320+ pages and is a novel in and of itself. "Low Men" tells the story of Bobby, a young boy growing up in the 60's with a bitter, angry mother who claims to love him but who de
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Ernie
May 02, 2012 Ernie rated it liked it
Karen K. recommended this, in part, because I enjoyed SKs book on the JFK assassination. I liked this one too. Previously, I avoided Stephen King because "Children of the Corn" and such things creep me out. I don't do horror and SK seemed to be a horror writer. Apparently not always.

I liked this book. I don't understand it. I don't know why the story was crafted the way it was. But I enjoyed it and that was enough. Understanding can come later if not at all when reading for pleasure. But I am
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Gayane
I picked up Hearts in Atlantis when I was sick this summer and longed for a good Dark Tower related story. Was I expecting this book be amazing? Honestly, no. But with my high fever I gobbled the first long story, Low Men in Yellow Coats, in a matter of a few hours that I've been awake. Then I left the book for a couple of weeks.

My memories of Low Men in Yellow Coats were not very fresh in details when I picked it up again a few days ago, but the last short story, Heavenly Shades of Night are Fa
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Christine Roberts
In a cerebral, thoughtful novel, Stephen King has captured true terror. Besides the first part, "Low Men In Yellow Coats", there is no monster, no scary creature or unhinged person to battle and triumph over. The villain in this story is as simple as it is unfathomable: the human psyche.
Starting in childhood, "Hearts In Atlantis" chronicles men who are in that unfortunate age group that essentially forced them to fight in the Vietnam War. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, these men and wom
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Asghar Abbas
Apr 11, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Is this a novel or a collection of (barely) interconnected stories, I do not know. What I do know however is this is one of King's best work. Very coherent.

Horrible movie it made though.
Ilsa Bick
Jul 04, 2011 Ilsa Bick rated it it was amazing
(Review of audiobook)
I admit it: I’ve listened to the first story in this very strange novel several times over. I will also admit that I have never listened to the novel all the way through, which is odd for me because King is a master storyteller even if the stories aren’t always my cuppa. But I think I’ve been so captivated by the first tale–a novel in its own right, really–that I can’t get past Hurt’s expert narration of a story about young Bobby Garfield’s friendship with and love for the m
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Dianne
Jun 25, 2015 Dianne rated it it was amazing
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I read Hearts in Atlantis because of the theme-the war in Viet Nam. I thought it would capture the feelings of young adults during those years of student protests against the war. It did not disappoint, in fact I became a Stephen King fan because of Hearts in Atlantis. I was enthralled by King's ability to characterize young love and by his description of the futility of war. Please don't be hard on me; I haven't had the nerve to review books on Goodreads.
Jorge Soto
May 12, 2016 Jorge Soto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No espere que este libro me gustara la verdad, por lo general no me gustan las recopilaciones de cuentos de King (King es tan descriptivo y los cuentos son tan cortos que me genera cierto conflicto interno >.<); pero este libro me dejo sin palabras, si bien está compuesto por varios cuentos (mini-novelas más bien), cada uno está relacionado con el principal, es como leer un solo relato con diferentes tramas a la vez. La narración es muy buena, bastante profunda, logra introducir al lector ...more
J. Ellyne
May 03, 2016 J. Ellyne rated it it was amazing
Ah, Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King.

I read a review of this novel giving it three stars and clicked that I liked it. Actually I meant I like the book a lot. I gave it five stars. It's one of my favorites. The review I'm neutral on. I give the review three stars, lol.

I know many people didn't like the middle part of Hearts in Atlantis which was all about Hearts, the boring card game. I admit I slogged through it too but it was necessary to the story which ends up being very sci-fi-like. It's
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