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Different Seasons featuring The Shawshank Redemption

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Four novellas, including the inspirations for the movies The Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil & Stand By Me.
Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption
Apt Pupil
The Body
The Breathing Method
Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 16th 1995 by Warner Books (first published August 29th 1981)
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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
For the sake of argument, let’s just say that when I was younger I used to think Stephen King was the bomb, and that now I’m 34 and have found that the last few of his books, interestingly enough, have bombed. This would naturally have the effect of forcing me—again, we’re only speaking in hypotheticals here—to reconsider my stance of thinking him a great storyteller. I have grown up, I have matured, I have now had the means to compare Stephen King to other authors that I hadn’t read when I was...more
Sarah ( Paris )

"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
This collection is one of King's finest efforts. While the author has his ups and downs, and the reception of his novels and short stories varies, the readers have suprisingly little criticism for his collection of novellas. It seems to be the field where he is at his best; it's the cozy inbetween the novel and the short story, a place where a tale can be developed without faltering into overbloated, verbose work, maintain a mood and keep the theme that would be otherwise impossible in short fic...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
This is a book of four novellas, three of which were turned into movies, and two of those three nominated for multiple Oscars. Incidentally, they're also the three novellas in this collection that aren't even King's typical fare, horror.

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
Jan 24, 2008 Beau rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: practically anyone
Recommended to Beau by: Adam
I first read this book when I was at a lousy college in Oregon. A friend of mine was into Stephen King, and I'd just discovered that I liked him, and I plowed through all of this guy's King books in a semester, including The Stand.

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
Joe Valdez
Best book by Stephen King? That's a question I might answer differently from month to month, but for today, I've got Different Seasons. Published in 1982, the book consists of four novellas (each in the 25,000-35,000 word range), any of which might be considered one of King's better novels if expanded and published separately. You might have heard of a couple of these:

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Hope Springs Eternal) chronicles the internment of Andy Dufrense, a banker sentenced...more
Anthony Chavez
The four stories in "Different Seasons" are "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption", "Apt Pupil", "The Body", and "The Breathing Method".

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
Different Seasons proves King is much more than just horror.

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
Ridiculous man in a pair of ridiculous sneakers. Such a ridiculous man hardly deserved to live. Todd touched the barrel of the .30-.30.

I haven't read any of these novellas for ages, and so have no idea how they would fare were I to wander their distantly familiar and nostalgically comfortable fictive roads at the present time. I suspect that they would do just fine, though I have to admit that I've no taste or desire for any of King's newer stuff and have found that some of his stories I've revi...more
May 04, 2008 Ashley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mature teens and adults
Recommended to Ashley by: my grandma
Shelves: by-stephen-king
In the Shawshank Redemption, several different stories are combined together to produce a novel, which is basically a different season for each story.

Hope Springs Eternal- The first story, Rita Hayworth, is about a man by the name of Andy who is Shawshank Redemption, a prison, on a false charge of murder. But in the end, his brain outsmarts the warden and guards. What he does his stunning... but I cant say what it it... you will just have to find out.

Summer of Corruption- The second story, Apt...more
Jun 19, 2007 Lindsay rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Stephen King, or anyone who doesn't like horror (please see review)
"Different Seasons" is a collection of 4 novellas by Stephen King. It is not typical King fare - none of these novellas fall into the "horror" genre that King is so well-known for.
The book starts out with "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," which is absolutely superb. If you liked the movie, you will like the novella. It's one of King's best non-horror pieces, in my opinion; the film version is also (again, in my opinion) the best adaptation of any of King's work. "Rita Hayworth and th...more
3.o to 3.5 stars. A very good collection of novellas by Stephen King stories. My favorite stories were "Apt Pupil" and "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption."
Rita Heyworth and Shawshank Redemption is amazing - it's Shawshank! Though I've got to say I think I prefer the way the ending was reached in the film, though that's probably because I saw the film first (and several times) and so in my head that's the way it's 'supposed' to be. And I think I read the whole thing in Morgan Freeman's voice!

Apt Pupil was completely engrossing and quite chilling. A teenage boy unearths a terrible secret about an old man, and his actions drastically change both thei...more
This one is closer to the EXCELLENT side of the S.K. spectrum (THE GREEN MILE, CARRIE and THE STAND come to mind) than the MEDIOCRE side (INSOMNIA, BAG OF BONES). Yes, these tales are familiar: three of the four seasons have become immortalized on celluloid.

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 of...more
This was a pretty good collection of stories. I enjoyed all of them except for apt pupil because it was a disturbing and nasty little tale. Definitely check it out though.
Sep 12, 2013 Checkman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Checkman by: A friend
I wouldn't call myself a King addict. Over the years I've started many of his novels only to give up on them. However when he is at his best he's cooking with gasoline and I've always believed that he's at his best with short stories and novellas. Different Seasons is one of his best. It's not a coincidence that three of the four stories in this volume have been made into movies and that two of them (Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me) are considered to be among the best of the King movie adap...more
Kressel Housman
I hereby take back any snooty thing I’ve ever said about Stephen King. I think he must be one of the most talented writers alive today. What really knocks me out about him is his versatility. His characters all have distinctive voices, and he places them in such different circumstances and plotlines. That impression came through particularly in this book, which is a collection of four novellas. The title is Different Seasons, and that says it all. Each one of these stories is gripping, and each...more
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i looooooved it ^_^
Miss Kim
REREADING thru 2010

The Body - 5 stars - This is more of a commentary on the comparison between story and the movie. This short story is the base for one of my favorite movies, "Stand by Me". I first read it back in the day (shhh), before the movie came out. After I saw it, I couldn't decide which was better. The second read was just as good as the first!

I hold Gordy LeChance, Chris Chambers, Teddy DuChamp, and Vern Tessio, close to my heart as some of my favorite young heroes. They set out to se...more
Stagioni meravigliose

Stagioni Diverse è probabilmente la raccolta di racconti più matura ed equilibrata di Stephen King, la dimostrazione che l’appellativo di Re dell’horror gli va eccessivamente stretto.
Non ci sono esseri soprannaturali, in questi quattro racconti dedicati ai quattro periodi dell’anno, né mondi fantastici (anche se…), e gli unici mostri di cui si parla sono quelli delle brutture dell’animo umano, della miseria e della solitudine.
Ma andiamo con ordine.

Rita Hayworth e la redenzio...more
Stefan Yates
This collection of novellas should easily be counted among King's best works. Of the four tales contained here, three have been made into successful motion pictures, two of which I would rank among my top fifty favorite films. Contained in this collection are: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body (better known from the film version titled "Stand By Me"), and The Breathing Method. The stories are all very well different and for the most part stray away from the horror genre...more
Four stories by my favorite author in one book, who could ask for anything more? Most of you are familiar with three of these stories because they have been made into movies. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body, and The Breathing Method.

This was a re-read for me, but I must say I didn't remember The Breathing Method at all. Previously I would have said The Body was my favorite of the four stories. The movie, Stand By Me is also one of my favorites. I must now change t...more
Oct 02, 2011 Carlo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
This will be a review for both the movie and the book.

I've liked and enjoyed this short story. But, I couldn't force myself not comparing it with the movie and hence the 4 stars. There were much differences between the movie and the book, and while reading it, I kept thinking that it could have been better. The movie is one of the best I've ever seen, not just because of the twist at the end, but moreover because of the characters, story, and setting. The screenplay of Frank Darabont emphasized...more
Book Concierge
This is a collection of four short stories/novellas, with seasonal divisions:
Hope Springs Eternal – Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption
Summer of Corruption – Apt Pupil
Fall from Innocence – The Body
A Winter’s Tale – The Birthing Method

In the Afterword King writes: Although “Where do you get your ideas?” has always been the question I’m most frequently asked … the runner-up is undoubtedly this one: “Is horror all you write?” When I say it isn’t, it’s hard to tell if the questioner seems re...more
One of my closest friends --for as long as I’ve known her-- has gone on and on about how great Stephen King is. How he’s the King. How I really need to start reading his books.

I never did, either. Until more recently, like in these past two years, when I read The Stand, It, The Shining, Carrie, Misery, Under the Dome, etc -- just really knocking them out, one after the other. While that was all fine and dandy with her, the one book that she needed me to read was Different Seasons. It was/is her...more
Peter Meredith
King is the master of the novella. Every one loves Shawshank(and i do too)but the best story in this is Apt Pupil. Who couldn't see themselves as curious as that boy?
I actually lost the book for about a month, it was under a box.....but once I picked it up again I flew through it. I haven't been on here in a while and I apologise to all my buds on here. I got laid off in Feb and got a new contract job that's been crazy busy, like the busiest thing ever, so I haven't had as much reading time as I'd like.

Anyway, review time! I'm a little rusty so lets see how this goes.

I am a massive fan of Stephen King as anyone who knows me knows. So I was excited by the p...more
In the Afterword of "Different Seasons", Stephen King nonchalantly accepts to be seen as a horror writer. Far from be ashamed of this label, he frankly reveals he never tried too much to be anything else.
Is putting your talent at work for what is generally considered a minor genre wrong? Not necessarily, if we remember some great gothic or fantastic tales that touched horror in a way or another (and the best example I can think of is Poe). It depends on how you interpret the capitalized words i...more
Emma Rj
Different Seasons is a collection of four novellas by Stephen King. As I have done in the past, I'll say a word about each of the stories individually.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: Oh. My. Word. This story is... perfection. It's SO GOOD. The characters, the story, the story telling, the dialogue. Really. An angel must have been sitting on King's shoulder as he wrote this. This might be the best story I've ever read, ever. 6/5. No, seriously.

The Body: Something weird happened to me afte...more
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