Hearts in Atlantis
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. Blind Willie is third. And Why We're...more
Anyway, Hearts is an engaging tale about the baby boomer generation, propagating the view...more
Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war -- and the protests against it -- had flooded America's living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King's newest fiction, 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 th...more
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....more
As I embarked on a three day reading experience, I didn't expect to fall so deeply in love with these stories. I was simply picking up an old, worn out book, that I had found just lying around the ho...more
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...more
This book is made up of five linked stories - the main story, "Low Men in Yellow coats" is the best, being the coming of age story of Bobby, a 12 year old who gets to know a mysterious older man over the course of the summer, while dealing with local bullies, first true love and his difficult, widowed mother. The old ma...more
First of all, normally whenever I get myself one of his books, then I want to read something in genres like horror, supernatural... or something else that scares the hell out of me. This book is different.
At first I din't even want to read this book, I just lend it from the library because I needed something to read and after 15 pages I was hooked.
It admittedly is a rather unusual book itself, in that it is an ant...more
The first section was really cool. It describes a trio of youth and how one of them is helping an older man, who has moved into their upstairs apartment, look at for "men of low character" (especially ones wearing yellow coats). It was built-up well and had a good flow, and had an ominous foreboding of what could happen and hinted at a larger conflagration between two (assumed) extraterrestrial groups...more
“Low Men in Yellow Coats” is set in the summer of 1960 and tells the story of eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield. It starts out nostalgic, there is baseball, b-movie matinees, a day at the carnival and a cute girl that...more
this is my first time reading a book from the great Steven King. his writing is so detailed that you actually seem like your there and it seems like your watching a movie that's how detailed it is. for me it was a hard read. i understood a lot of the book and also didn't understand a lot of the book. im guessing its because it was so long that a lot of info slipped out of me.
hearts in altantis has a lot to the story, it was 700 pages!!! the reason why this book was named h...more
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...more
This is not funny. This is also one of the funniest sections of the book, for me.
We've all had a moment in our li...more
The first story is “Low Men in Yellow Coats,” read by William Hurt, it is essentially what the movie version of Hearts in Atlantis was based on. Though some prior Dark Tower knowledge is recommended...more
Cuori in Atlantide è il primo libro di Stephen King che ho letto. E' anche il primo libro in inglese che leggo, fuori dai doveri scolastici ed escludendo la saga di Harry Potter.
Stephen King è un autore estremamente - ed esageratamente - prolifico, oltre che noto in tutto il pianeta, e certamente non necessita
It's a collection of stories that interweaves through the lives of several characters and tells how events early in their lives affected everything that happened after. It flows easily from one story to the next, even though they are almost all told from a different character's point of view. However like most of King's work, it is the characters themselves that makes the stories come alive, and also in this parti...more
In reality, the only story that I really enjoyed was the first one, about Bobby's youth. I liked the interaction between Bobby and Ted, and the psychic connection that the two shared. For me, this short was conveyed the best, and kept me capt...more
But I must say that I hate authors making references to past stories they've written inside another story.
It's cute for a 15-year-old, but in King's case just smells like a marketing ploy.
"Ok, so you didn't really like this story that much? Oh you hated it? Oh, I'm so sad to hear that. But listen, I have these other stories that are pretty good. No, I said better. Yes, you must have heard me wrong. You really, really should read them. Because they are awesome! Yeah, I've act...more
"Low Men in Yellow Coats" I enjoyed mostly for the connection to "The Dark Tower" series as a side adventure of Ted from Thunderclap, but also for the heart breaking lose of innocence portrayed. .
"Hearts In Atlantis" hit close to home as far as the degeneration of academic spirit in the light of "distractions" and other college freshman tomfoolery. The 3rd floor lounge brings back memories of my first semester of college spen...more
The story starts with a little boy named Bobby Garfield who meets an elderly man named Ted. As Bobby and Ted get to know each other they develop a spiritual bond. Soon enough Bobby and Ted move away from each other. Ted gets captured by "low men in yellow coats" and is imprisoned. Bobby moves away from his hometown and gets into a lot of trouble. Bobby and his mom start to hate each other. One day Bobby gets a lett...more
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family...more