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Preview — Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.Meet Dolores Claiborne -- island woman, mother of three, murderess and overall high-riding bitch. And I love her! She is strength and smarts and dignity personified and in my opinion, one of the most vivid and memorable literary creations ever to walk the pages of any book. I don't say that lightly. Yes I'm a fan, yes I'm gushing, but this is also a more tempered, critical evaluation after living with her existence th ...more
It’s a confession really.
About her husband and what happened during that eclipse. About her employer but; mostly, and most importantly, about herself: as a woman, and a wife, and a mother.
It is a very chilling tale, told by today’s master of the craft.
The bell resonates.
I fell into her voice and found myself in that small town, on that little island, off the coast of Maine w ...more
Audiobook – Narrated by Frances Sternhagen – Excellent Narration.
Written as one chapter, this is the story of Dolores Claiborne who is suspected of murdering her wealthy employer.
Instead, during one long night, in a police interview, she confesses to murdering her husband 30 years ago.
The story goes back in time as she tells about the woman she worked for and is suspected of killing, about her marriage and her violent and abusive husband, and her life on Little Tall Island.
I’ve read the book on ...more
King is a master ...more
There are some great lines in this book, as Dolores and Vera's working relationship mo ...more
I tore through this one in ...more
In this book we have a woman named Delores Claiborne, whose husband died ...more
Ultimately it's a story that explores the complexity of human relationships, motivation, and disappointment using well-drawn, layered, and interesting characters that border on caricatures--in other words, the kind of book I love.
The dialect/dialogue is also quite impressive, even if occasionally a l ...more
As I had recently read Gerald's Game, I thought the eerie connection of two unrelated women who experience terror(view spoiler)[ and kill their husbands (hide spoiler)] during the total eclipse added to the suspe...more
This about Dolores, a woman who has a pretty rough life. Her husband is a drunk, an abuser, and just a dead beat. Dolores works for a wealthy woman as a housekeeper, and makes ends meet somehow for her family.
Dolores learns of a very disturbing revelation about her husband, and seeks the ultimate revenge.
Even though Dolores performs some bad acts, her story is powerful and memorable. A must ...more
Stephen King has always been successful in creating full characters, usually building a large cast of people, and not skimping on any of them.
One of the other things that King is well known for, is the dialogue. They've all got their special way of speaking that goes well to build their characters. It's what he does best.
In this book he puts these two traits to good use, only he's building one character. Dolores. From her he builds the side characters as she sees them. ...more
First, it should be noted this book is connected -albeit slightly- to Gerald's Game. They're totally different books and stories, though there is a thread of connectivity there which is nice, but not necessary to make Dolores Claiborne great.
Second, D.C. is written totally from Dolores' perspective. You hear only her voice, only her side of the story. Her voice, however, is so a ...more
Earlier this week, I read the book, and reading it enabled me to better appreciate the amazing writing and storytelling. There are no sections or chapters. The entire story is the title character explaining to the police that although she might have killed her ...more
A good story about ordinary people who turn into something different but they are still ordinary.
Two stories are told. 1: Dolores is married to an abusive man. I loved her strength about it. I loved what she did to make him stop hitting her. I wonder if more women could do that.
She threatened to hurt him while he slept, and he believed her. Of course I did not like that she was forced to kill him, ...more
But....to tell you the truth, it isn't bad. Not at all.
certainly it's no masterpiece, but it's definitely not a weak p ...more
I just finished this and absolutely loved it! The fond memories of watching the movie with my mom, as Kathy Bates did her thing up on the screen, wowing us into submission. When I began listening to the book I was surprised to find that the story is told in the first person aspect; Dolores speaking to the investigators and telling them her whole account of the situation. First, starting with Vera, the elderly women Dolores worked for, and then onto her dasta ...more
Having married young, Dolores has repented at leisure ever since. When it comes to his wife Joe St George is free with his fists, but cowardly enough to ba ...more
Svidela mi se, a King me je ponovo iznenadio svojim umećem da ni iz čega uspe da nas uvuče u svet koji je stvorio.
To say this book is great does it no justice. Seriously, this was a really great read, far better than I had expected. Like, I'm honestly blown away by this.
Stephen King must have had fun using the mind of Dolores as his playground. He really must have. First, the book is told in her voice, accent and all. It might be tedious, or even grueling for people that are complete grammar nazis, but I found that, for all intents and purpo ...more
Dolores Claiborne is being questioned by police over the death of her employer, Vera Donovan, who broke her back falling down the stairs - or was she pushed? But as Dolores tells her story, it turns out she is responsible for a death, just not Vera's.
Stephen King chose to write this novel in the first person voice of Dolores who speaks in a very folksy, colloquially New England style, and it's up to the reader whether or not this voice is something you can handle or not as it goes on fo ...more
"There ain't no power in heaven or on earth that can stop people from thinking the worst when they want to."
"In those days I still believed the love of a man for a woman and a woman for a man was stronger than the love of drinkin and hell-raisin -- that love would eventually rise to the top like cream in a bottle of milk. I learned better over the next ten years. The world's a sorry schoolroom isn't it?"
"...A coward is more afraid of being discovered than he is of everything else, even dyin."
Mit diesem Buch beweist Stephen King wieder einmal, wie großartig sein Schreibstil ist. Die Figuren und Orte werden all ...more
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