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Een man weigert te verhuizen wanneer er een weg aangelegd moet worden op de plaats waar zijn huis staat. Hij besluit keihard terug te vechten...
Mass Market Paperback, 317 pages
Published 2004 by Poema (first published 1977)
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Dan Schwent
A new stretch of interstate is being build and Bart Dawes' house is right in its path. He has until January 20th to find a new place for he and his wife to live and also a new location for the Blue Ribbon, the industrial laundry where he has been employed for twenty years. What will happen if he doesn't?

I wasn't very old when the original four Bachman books were released but I can't imagine this one did very well before King outted himself. It doesn't really have a lot going on. Bart Dawes is c...more
Becky
Well then. As much as it pains me to do this, I calls 'em like I sees 'em, and this was an effort in futility on just about all fronts.

Now I know, I know, the Bachman books are depressing and dark and bleak and grim. I know all that. I expected it, and was even looking forward to it. But this... This was almost painfully tedious to get through. It was so pointless. So futile.

I've read all of the Bachman books, and they've all been dark and grim and whatnot... but they've all had a point. I did...more
Dan
Aug 20, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misoneists and midlife crisis sufferers.
I read this after reading The Long Walk and couldn't get into it at all to begin with. I found it a little bit dull and difficult to relate to. But as the story progressed I became absolutely engrossed in it, it really becomes difficult to put down. It's incredibly sad at times, but can often be humorous and very suspenseful.

This is a straight novel, no supernatural elements a la' king. In short, its a tale of one man standing in the way of progress, clutching onto the remains of the past with w...more
sj
Roadwork feels more like King than Bachman, especially when you compare it to the rest of the novels that comprised that hefty Bachman Books compendium (all of King's signature writerly tics are on display, here).

I remember skimming this one the last time I read these, and I'm glad I didn't this time. I caught a lot of what feel like referential moments to his other work.

Heather and I agree that if Phil Drake isn't Callahan walking the Todash Highway, then he's his twinner, for suresies.

Georg...more
Janie Johnson
**KEEP OUT OF REACH OF DEPRESSED PERSONS**

Really this is just a long drawn out tale of a depressed man who pretty much became insane because of a highway being built right through the middle of his house, and his livelihood, a glorified Laundrymat. I dont really think the book could have been anymore depressing, and the main character could not have pitied himself any more than he was already.

I also found the book to be very predictable. I realize that this is a very early novel from King, but...more
Dierdra Byrd
I have only read one other of the Bachman novels, The long walk and I remember really enjoying it so when I came across Roadwork I was excited to read it. The Bachman novels are not really so much horror as Kings novels are and the difference is nice. I find it sad King had to stop writing as Bachman personally.
Roadwork is about a man who loses his place of employment and his house because the city is building a highway through both. He doesn't want to lose either and doesn't take it well at al...more
wally
one of the stories from king where he has some italians helping out the protagonist...like in thinner? both early stories.

there's some nice touches in this story about george, a man whose house stands in the way...1973 winter and gas prices have been on the rise, that sort of thing, the big gas crunch. the touches...the way that inner voice of the lead (and others, too) character speaks to the main...but why are you doing this?

other things...a few lines from mick...oooh, children--it's just a ki...more
Chris
I have slowly been making my way through the Richard Bachman books, and for the most part I have not been that impressed. I like dark and dreary, and thought this book would be so much better than it was. I was wrong.

The book didn’t have much of a description, but knowing the type of writing I have come to expect from Stephen King I was hopeful. Between the story being about a guy who is loosing his house for a highway project, and King’s talent for writing deep, memorable characters, I though t...more
Professor Hoss
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Bryce
I tend not to like Stephen King's Richard Bachman persona. That grouping of works always tends to be more pessimistic, more nihilistic that the rest of SK's books. It seems like he uses Bachman as a way to scrub out his darker thoughts and impulses.

Roadwork is about a man facing the destruction of his house and work due to a highway building project. Instead of moving, he decides to stay exactly where he is, then decides to sabotage the project... and in the process loses his job, his wife and...more
Stunatra
Most fun I've had reading a King novel since Needful Things. It's one of Stephen King's few "straight" novels where there is not a trace of the supernatural. And when you finish it, you wish King wrote more in a similar vein.

This is a funny, sad, and compelling character study. The characters are strong, they jump off the pages and make you feel like you're in the room with them. It's nearly unputdownable. One of the best King novels, and certainly the best Bachman book I've read so far (Rage w...more
Paul Eckert
Stephen King must be one of the best writers at taking an ordinary situation and making an interesting story out of it. Give the guy a person and a problem and he will just run with it. He's often typecast as the king of horror, but I think some of his best stories don't involve the supernatural.

In the case of Roadwork, Barton Dawes is a regular Joe Suburbanite, just another guy trying to make an honest living when he gets notice that the city will be invoking eminent domain and tearing down his...more
Nomer
From my standpoint, I like the book but the story is quite a bit slow, and sometimes, I was just skimming much of the paragraphs just to get over it. If there is such a rating like 2.5, I would have given it. The reason why I gave it a respectable 3/5 was I was just interested with the plot and sympathized a bit with main character Barton Dawes.

10 years ago, I almost got into the same situation as Bart. There was a plan by our local government to implement "Eminent Domain" and to road widen our...more
J.
Had a hard time getting into this book. In fact, for the first half of this book, it dragged so much I nearly ditched. Lately, I've been trying to not ditch on any book that I start reading, so I stuck with it. Part of my reasoning, as a writer myself, for not ditching, is to learn about the 'flow' in books and try to seek out corrections for the problems in books I read in my own writing.

This book is strange in a lot of ways. Firstly, it's the exact opposite scenario, problematically, than my...more
Lee
Where to begin with this book. I honestly can't tell you if I liked it or not, that is why it got 3 stars, I would like to give it 2.5. It was just okay for me and honestly not something I will read again.

I will admit there was some funny stuff in this book, King as Bachman is a different writer, darker on a more realistic level. I also have to admit at times being in Bart's head was confusing and gave me a bit of a headache. Between Bart, George, and Fred, I found myself more than once having t...more
Varun
Roadwork is by far the worst of the Richard Bachman novels which i have read.It is painfully dull and certainly needs some serious bouts of energy to get the story moving,even though it is a character piece,but i really don't think that the character is either enigmatic,charming or witty to compare him to other more multi-dimensional protagonists in the Bachman novels the 'Long Walk' and the 'Running Man'.He is just a drunk old loser who is like like any other cliched drunk figure in books and m...more
Jason P
Want to read a good revenge story? One where the protagonist gets beaten down like a dog, then finds odd ball ways to get back at the "the man", only to get thrown in one hell of a fire fight? Well, if that's what you want, then look no further because Roadwork is that book! I listened to the audio edition of Roadwork which was narrated by G. Valmont Thomas, and what a great job he did! Every step of the story was sold so well, and he made it so the listener (me) was on the edge of my seat. Love...more
Ally Atherton
King is Bachman and Bachman is King.

This is my latest read of Richard Bachman otherwise known as Stephen King. This book is in many ways very different from most King books but the writing is unmistakable.

Written inbetween Salem's Lot and the Shining, Roadwork is a non-horror that focuses on one man's determination to stop a new major road from being built in an unnamed city in the mid west of America. It doesn't sound too exciting does it ?
Well maybe the story isn't the most exciting thing sinc...more
Ritchie
Due to a road extension Barton George Dawes has to find new premises for the laundry he works at and also a new home for him and his wife Mary.

But these things represent Bart Dawes life, the laundry he's worked at for 20 years, the marriage for same time period and the son who died of a brain tumour 3 years previously.

Having never allowed himself to grieve properly, his mind proves unable to bear the disruptions caused by a new local road construction project. It's just too much for him, and he...more
Jake
In many ways, I can relate to the main character of "Roadwork" more than any other of King's creations. I remember my anger and frustration when I found out we were going to sell my boyhood home and I still have longings for the old neighborhood. Recently, my first bookstore and my favorite one closed and I found myself feeling like Barton Dawes: frustrated at losing the memories I had developed for years while no one else cared. So I appreciated it.

That said, this isn't King's best told story....more
Christine Ward
Bart Dawes is the only resident left on his suburban street, thanks to eminent domain in the form of a highway extension that will go through his neighborhood. Dawes has been offered compensation for his house from the city, but this event has made Dawes realize that he hasn't ever been able to cope with the loss of his only son.

It's a decent story, with some good passages about death of a loved one and how it affects the living, but overall, not a particularly compelling story. This is another...more
Mihaela
Останах приятно изненадана от книгата ,защото преди това нямах големи очаквания.Много се чудех отново за оценката си ,искаше ми се да и дам 4 звезди , но имаше моменти ,на който действието ми вървеше малко бавно и някои описания ми бяха излишни.Затова и не я прочетох на един дъх ,както други любими книги, а малко я проточих във времето.
Tabatha
When you're reading this book it seems slow and pointless. Then you get to the end and you realize that's exactly what it is and that's the point. Sometimes there is no point and no reason to look for one. I like the way Dawe's was "hoping to Got he had said nothing...that can be misconstrued as profound." I think that somes it up well.

I'm always amazed at the stark difference in King books and Bachman books. I wish they would still market the Bachman books under that name instead of emblazoning...more
Clint
Man, I've read a million Stephen King books over the past 20 something years, and this ignored, unassuming, smallish book is the best. For real, the best-written Stephen King book ever. Like most other Bachman books supernatural, dark, sarcastic in a mean way his other books aren't, jaded, pissed off, and, in this case, more penetrating, a better observation of the world and people. The main story involves a borderline schizo suffering from the loss of his son and the bizarre way as new highway...more
Trevor Zaple
There's a fair percentage of people who don't like Roadwork. They find it oppressively dark - "nihilist" as one person put it, I think. It's certainly one of the darker entries in the King canon, and it definitely outlines the difference between him and his Bachman alter ego. Bachman is all too willing to rub his characters noses in their problems and then kill them without absolution. At the same time, Bart Dawes represents a real feeling in the modern psyche, one that is as true today as it wa...more
Nathan Huff
A Disservice to the Reader

As you can tell by my rating I didn't enjoy Roadwork and I must say that I didn't in almost any capacity. I enjoy most of King's work, but this is my first Bachman novel and I'm not sure if I have the time,patience, or energy to waste on another novel with such unlikable characters. From the start, I knew I was in for a rough ride when Dawes was shown to be our pathetic, stubborn, lazy, and utterly unlikable protagonist. I have said time and time again that if your char...more
Troy Blackford
One of my very favorites and highly underrated, Stephen King himself is dissatisfied with this book as he felt pressured to write a 'serious' novel by the critics. Well, I didn't know that when I read it and I was really touched, moved, and caught up in this amazing story.

I'm sure that it is only his memories of what was going on in his life that colored his opinions of this one.
Daschornak
This novel was overall pretty good. I believe that the story started off pretty slow, but once it started around page 90, I could not stop reading. Though it wasn't another one of Stephen King's Misery, it still was good. If you like Stephen King's work, then I recommend you to read this piece. If not, then at least give it a chance, I'm sure it will be work it.
Jacki
Eh. I'm a pretty big Stephen King fan and this was not great for me. Kinda boring and the ending was pretty predictable. I did (sort of) enjoy how his thoughts progressively got more and more convoluted a la Flowers for Algernon.

I'm just glad that this book was short because I couldn't have read this much longer.
Patrick
Some pretty good woe-is-me/what's the point? stuff from King's darker alter-ego, Richard Bachman. This guy quits his job on a whim, his wife leaves him, etc. The ending was kind of a letdown, and it was too steeped in reality for my liking. The Michael Douglas movie "Falling Down" was loosely based on this.
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