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Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption:
This is perfection. At 101 pages Stephen King packed a story that stays with me forever. I've been a fan of the movie version since the first time I viewed it. I was so pissed when Forrest Gump beat it out as the Oscar winner for best picture that year. I raged..I've since calm ...more
RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION - 5 Stars
"Get busy living or get busy dying."
Everyone has probably seen the movie adaptation or read the book by now and knows the story about the wrongful imprisonment of banker Andy Dufresne, the horror of "the sisters" and his best friend at Shawshank Red, but if you haven't, you are so fortunate to have this amazing read ahead of you.
The novel provides a bit more detail here and there abo...more
I’ll comment individually on the tales but the common element, the outstanding take-away for me is simply the realisation that here’s the evide ...more
I’m not exactly a fan of Stephen King. I could say he is a victim of his own popularity: I’ve seen so many of the movie adaptations from his novels, I don’t feel the need to check out the book versions. And the first book of his that I’ve read almost 30 years ago is The Stand , which started with great storytelling and compelling characters and devolved later into self-indulgent filler and confusion. So, it’s been too long since I put him on the backburner, mislabelling him as a commercial hack ...more
Not until the last Author's Note do his intentions and his themes finally converge. He wrote "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption", "Apt Pupil", "The Body" and "The Breathing Method" as unpublishable novellas right after the completion o ...more
"Different Seasons" is a collection of four novellas, each of which he has written after the conclusion of his four earliest novels. While initially not intending to publish any of them, King finally decided to release those novellas in an anthology, and many of his readers couldn't be more thankful ...more
لقد اصطحبت هذه الرواية المحظوظة مع كتابين آخرين في رحلة اوروبية ادخرت لها طويلا في عام 2010 ..و كفرد أصيل في الطبقة المتوسطة كان السبب دورة دراسية قصيرة لزوجي بإيطاليا ..و لظروف سرعة التأشيرة. .اخذناها من التشيك لذا كان أمامنا رحلة طويلة بالقطار عبر ثلاث بلاد ذهابا و ايابا. ..و لهذا اسعد و قلبي يطرب بالطبع..
و في رحلة العودة احتلت مكاني بجانب النافذة في الكابينة المغلقة ا ...more
Stephen King’s Different Seasons is a fascinating case, because I got to see how one story haunted me while I went on to the next.
Published in 1982, it was King's first book of non-genre fiction. He made his name writing horror (Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot, The Shini ...more
Every King fan should have read this already. Loo ...more
"Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." Andy Dufresne
"تذكر يا ريد، الأمل شيء جيد، بل ربما كان أعظم الأشياء، والأشياء الجيدة لا تموت."
Andy Dufresne ...
The Shawshank Redemption
في اعتقادي لايوجد أحد لا يعرف هذا الفيلم ..
وهنا الرواية.. والتي كتبها ستيفن كينج رغمَ مشاهدتي للفيلم منذ عدة سنوات ها أنا اليوم أقرأ الرواية .
طبعا الرواية جميلة يرويها زميل أندي في السجن من وجهة نظره لذا لا ت ...more
First up we have Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, everybody’s seen the film, it’s the story of 30 year old Andy Dufresne, who gets a life sentence in Shawshank for the murder of his cheating wife and her lover. The story is told through t ...more
5 stars for the stories, all of them, and 5 stars for the audio.
Audiobook – Narrated by Frank Muller – Excellent narration.
The only problem I seem to have when I listen to Frank Muller is that my breathing seems to sync with his, and he has a far larger lung capacity than I do. At times, by the time he pauses for breath, I can feel myself turning blue!
Nevertheless, Frank Muller is one of my all time favorite narrators. He’s done a few of Stephen King’s books and I’ve loved all of them.
Then you move on to Apt Pupil, wherein a banker who went up the river for killing his wife is mentioned by Dussander.
When you round the corner into The Body, you're gifted with four boys wondering if they're going to end up in Shawshank because they trespassed at the local junkyard.
Until finally coming across The Breathing Method, a story that does not mention Shawshank, but the "club ...more
I haven't read a whole lot of King, but what I have I've loved. This set of books is supposed to be some of King's best writing and even with my limited experience, I can tell he's in top form.
I've been on a King kick lately and couldn't resist reading the inspi ...more
Estas historias me agradan de verdad, y creo que a una parte de mí mismo siempre le gustarán. Espero que te gusten, lector, y que te proporcionen lo que todo buen relato te debiera proporcionar: hacerte olvidar por un rato lo que te agobia y transportarte a algún lugar en que nunca hayas estado. Es la magia más amable que conozco.
Rita Hayworth y la redención de Shawshank: 3/5
Todo se reduce a dos posibilidades: o te consagras a vivir o te dedic ...more
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Hope Springs Eternal) chronicles the internment of Andy Dufrense, a banker sentenced ...more
I've stayed away from Stephen King's books because I do not like being scared and I was under the impression that he wrote horror. He does. But in this book of four novellas, the horror is rooted in the normal human being's shadow (to use Jung's nomenclature). And the fact that it is exposed and played out through such exquisite writing makes it all the more horrifying. And the beauty of the writing makes the ugliness more ugly and also tolerable.
Sometimes a w ...more
Most readers can relate to Shawshank and The Body, which have been made into big hit movies, and somewhat with Apt Pupil which was also made into a movie, although it is not as well known. (For those unaware, The Body was titled "Stand By Me") Oddly enough, it was the fourth and final story of the collection that had the biggest impact on me, The Beathing Meth ...more
First up we have Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, everybody’s seen the film, it’s the story of 30 year old Andy Dufresne, who gets a life sentence in Shawshank for the murder of his cheating wife and her lover. The story is told through th ...more
This book has stuck with me the most, and it is the one I keep returning too. While the fourth "Season" The Breathing Method, never did anything for me, the other three stories in it, Apt Pupil, The Body (Stand By Me), and Shawshank, are astounding. This is King befor ...more
A few weeks ago, Different Seasons was sitting on my bookshelf calling my name. For some reason, it felt right to read it now as Autumn, my favorite season, drops in and takes over for summer. Three of the four novellas in this collection are quite famous, and I knew a bit about each, except for the fourth story. However, this is a case where, reading the story was so much more.
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption was not what I ...more
I'm a big fan of Stephen King, though I've read very little of his horror novels. He's often relegated to a horror writer, but this collection shows what I feel is his real strength: writing great characters.
There is very little horror to speak of here, save for some of the awful things humans do to one another, though little ...more
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