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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  20,186 ratings  ·  505 reviews
Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.
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Published November 1st 1999 by Penguin Audio (first published 1982)
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Nataliya
Nov 08, 2012 Nataliya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's looking for a well-written character-based story


For all of those who keep insisting that Stephen King is a literary equivalent of Big Mac and fries, writing in the comfortable confines of the frequently-despised 'genre' - please take a look at The Body: The Fall from Innocence, which is much more familiar to public in the quite faithful adaptation by Rob Reiner - 'Stand by Me'.

It's not King's trademark horror; it is actually free of the constraints of any so-called 'genre'. It is a coming-of-age character-study novella set in 1960 Maine wher
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J.C.
I feel like I just watched an audio-only version of the film "Stand By Me". Which makes sense as this was the original story that inspired the movie. And its surprising how much the movie not only followed the original story, but captured much of its spirit. Certainly the King version is much more vulgar and up front, but the wonder of youth and the harsh reality of time is there, in the film.

I've always wanted to read this. I've always been a huge fan of the film and was always curious as to K
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With a Little Help from My Friends by The Beatles

What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

What do I do when my love is away
Does it worry you to be alone?
How do I feel by the end of the day
Are you sad because you're on your own

No, I get by
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Marie
The straightforward, but somehow magical recount of four boys looking for a body, sounds like it should be so much less than it is. The harsh reality of life, leaking out of a would-be romantic childhood adventure, lulls you into the wonder of youthful friendship, then slams you hard with the realization that life happens to everyone, and nothing about that is fair.
You wouldn't need to read between the lines for this to be a great story. King lays everything out for you, gut-wrenching but heart
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Crys
It's funny, sometimes, how you can build an impression of an author early in your life and then, based on that impression, avoid their books. I always thought that SK's books were too scary, too gory, too dark for me to enjoy so I never bothered with them. However, over the last year or so, I've started reading his novellas and his newer releases. I'm never disappointed. This book is no exception. I remember the movie Stand By Me well, and the book is even better with an ending that left me so s ...more
Jane Stewart
Engaging wonderful experience watching and listening to some twelve-year-old boys. But the ending was a downer.

This novella was first published in the anthology “Different Seasons.” It is available individually as an audiobook, which is how I heard/read it. This review is solely for The Body, not the others in the anthology. The Body was also made into the movie “Stand By Me.”

This is a novella, but it didn’t feel like a short story. The characters were wonderfully developed. I was frequently smi
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Taylor Osborne
This was one of the saddest books I've ever read.

First of all I love how King weaves things from other books into his books- mentioning a rabid dog named Cujo and Shawshank. Makes me feel like an insider or something when I come across these little things.


This book really reminded me of It. Kids, a summer of misadventure, a writer reflecting on that summer adventure that changed his life, a dead brother of the writer... Lots of commonalities. My favorite character, perhaps of any King novel, is
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Nicholas
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have pe ...more
Ryan
Stephen King grabs adolescence- and even early adulthood by the reigns and doesn't let go in this unflinching, brutally honest, 'fake memoir' style novella of a young man re-telling his accounts of growing up in a small, shit-splat fictional town in Maine known as Castle Rock.
Four young boys head out on a somewhat innocent adventure to see the dead body of a boy their age that went missing about a week prior. What ensues is something I consider to be some of King's best writing to date. Sincer
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Aditya
Different Seasons consists of 4 novellas & all of them are basically character studies.It firmly established King as a pure literary genius & quashed all naysayers who had him typecast ed as a horror writer.It shows off the width & variety of human emotions that King could easily write about without ever sounding cheesy or unrealistic & how his style makes us care for characters whom we otherwise would have hated.I would provide a brief synopsis of each of the 4 novellas & wh ...more
Kelsey
I don't know why, but I just couldn't get fully into this. I really wanted to as the film is one of my favourites. But I just couldn't. I found myself skimming a lot of it and even skipping large chunks. It was still really well written and I know the story is a good'un, so I really have no idea why I couldn't get into. Maybe the film overshadowed it too much or something? I don't know.

But I did like the fact that the ending gave you more details on everyone's futures. I'm still not really sure
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Melissa Coyle
This brought back memories of the boys, and now the men that I know. There was a freedom before I-Pods and Xboxes, for adventures, daring, swearing, smoking, neighborhood sports that forged a brotherhood of respect (or not) amongst these lads. It has made them who they are today. I love how these cranky twelve year olds plan an adventure out of the curiosity of seeing a dead body. This story was a walk down memory lane! :D
Dylan Yates
1.I decided to read this book because i saw the movie and really enjoyed it so i thought id read the book.
2.A character that i found interesting was Chris Chambers, he is a great friend to have, hes kind, funny and he will always stick up for you and be honest with you and push you do to your best because he just wants whats best for his friends.
3.My favorite quote from the book is."If your parents are to f!#>$% up to do it, then maybe i should"(Chris Chambers). i like this quote because it s
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Kike Sandman
Una historia realmente genial. Inmediatamente después de terminar el libro me enchufé la película y realmente me gustó. Una magnífica adaptación (en contra de lo que suele pasar con Stephen King).
Dave
The movie "Stand By Me" was based on this book. Along with "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile", this is a story by King that I use as an example when somebody says they don't like Stephen King. Sure, it's possible to not like all of his works, but people often don't realize how wide King branches out in style. Of course if you actually read the book, you will find a lot of vulgarities, which is generally a constant.

This tells the tale of four boys who learn that there is a dead body
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Juan
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Zoë
I don't have any quotes to share from The Body by Stephen King, despite the fact that there were some quote worthy parts, because it was my first experience with an audio book. I'm a huge fan of audio books despite the fact that I had never listened to one before- I think it's a great way to get some literature in when you're doing a long commute or visually impaired. My local library actually has quite a few you can download and listen to on your ipod without going into the library, so I decide ...more
Pablo Camero
The Body

The Body tells a terrific tale about an experience which caused a group of young boys to mature and awaken themselves to reality in just a matter of seconds. As a teenager myself I think could relate to the main character fairly easy. I liked him because he is a kid troubled kid who goes on a journey to find answers and as a teenager I can relate fairly easily. I often find child characters weak or simply annoying but not these kids. Vern was my favorite, In my opinion he was like an und
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Mander Pander
Listened to this audiobook, and I think I enjoyed it more thoroughly for that reason. I don't know if every avid reader is like this, but I have an unfortunate tendency to start speed reading because I HAVE TO HAVE TO know what's going to happen and it's as if I forget that the essence of a book is that the story will always be waiting for you, and the tragic irony is that reading is like driving-- the faster you go, the harder it is to see all the details.

…and sincerely guys, the details are wh
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Marc
I first read this story when I was 14, just a bit older than the boys in this story, and now that I'm around the same age of the adult narrator I thought I should read it again. It's still a great story but viewed through the lens of an adult, this story has more resonance. At work here is not the Stephen King of such dreadful, bloated, and overly contrived stories filled with bland characters (which all of his books have been lately). 'The Body' is fine work. Its story is lean, precise and fill ...more
Pam
This book was wonderful. I can honestly say that I love the move and book equally - in no small part because the movie follows the book very closely. I didn't know that Stephen King was such a great writer, because I have never liked horror books, but this changed my mind about this author. I am planning to research how much of The Body was autobiographical for King. I highly recommend it. And now I will read the other novellas in the book Apt Pupil, which is the collection I read The Body in.
Satsuki
I liked this story so much. This story was written by Stephen King but this was not a horror at all. I felt so sad about main character, Gordon's complicated family. So I think his friends Chris, Vern and Teddy were only his fun in his childhood. I especially liked the part Gordon and Chris were taking about their future. You will get it if you read. 12year old kid talking about what a friend is. It was so sad that Chris is already pessimistic about his future at the age of 12. There was somethi ...more
Amy Brack
I read this for the 2015 Reading Challenge "A book written the same year you were born" category. If I don't get around to another, it's also "A book you can read in one day"

Stephen King could tell the story of a boring day in my life and still make it beautiful.
Andris2575
Es izlasīju Stefana Kinga grāmatu "The body". Šo grāmatu es lasīju angļu valodā, jo man tas bija vajadzīgs arī priekš angļu valodas. Grāmatu es izvēlējos bibliotēkā pavisam nejauši, jo domāju ka tā būs tikai kārtējā grāmata. Sākot lasīt šo grāmatu es sapratu, ka šī grāmata ir ļoti interesanta, tāpēc šī bija viena no dažām grāmatām kuru es izlasīju līdz galam.
Grāmatā bija rakstīts par 4 draugu notikumiem, kā viņi meklēja viņu vienaudža līķi. Kā arī par to, kas ar katru no viņiem notika pēc vair
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Kim Lauwers
I didn't get this story. Now, this might be my own fault since I audiobooked this while doing chores around the house, but still...I don't feel like I could have missed a great deal of information.

A few guys find a dead boy...a couple of (to me) irrelevant flash backs...the dead boy is still there and little or nothing has happene in the mean time...

Maybe I'm being too harsh. Probably because I loathed the characters. Sure they were kids but if my children ever turn out like that I swear I migh
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Alex W
Stephen King’s Novella, The Body, is an interesting piece that follows an adventure of 4 12 year old boys in the middle of Maine. It’s the summer of 1960. Nothing to worry about except poker and comic books up in their tree house. A little before school starts, the main character Gordie Lachance, a smart but quiet kid is having a great day doing the usual nothing with two of his best friends, Chris and Teddy. Then, out of nowhere, their buddy Vern pops up like whack-a-mole into the tree house a ...more
Kayla Hunn
A fall from innocence is exactly what four adolescents experience, in The Body. This novella by Stephen King was originally published in Different Seasons along with three other novellas. This novella is a great read for all teens and even adults. It is an intriguing tale about Gordie Lachance, a twelve year old boy, who feels like he is the “Invisible Man” to his family (King 310). Gordie’s friends are described as “a thief and two feebs” by Gordie’s father (King 309). Gordie and his three frie ...more
Sergio Burgoa
A gang of 12 year old best friends set off on a journey at the end of summer before they completely lose their innocence and move on to Jr. high school. Stephen King’s The Body is a strong classic drama that creates a rare and strong message you don't see very often.

The message King creates throughout his novella is important because everyone will go through this: the bitter sweetness of coming of age and confrontation with death. If there is life then there will be death and King helps to intro
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Novia
The Body is the third novella in Different Seasons. I have seen the movie adaptation of this book long time ago, either in junior or senior high. I didn’t know the movie was based on SK’s book because I didn’t know him yet and even if I have read some of his books…I still not going to relate the movie to him as it is not scary at all. It is about friendship., the movie adaptation is called Stand By Me. I couldn’t remember the details of the movie anymore…I will try to find it again so that I can ...more
S. K. Pentecost
Well now I have read two books by Stephen King that I want to go back and read again. This story had everything I like about King, and almost none of his (self admitted) word diarrhea or deus ex machina that makes me wish I still had enough hair on my head to pull out. What follows behind the spoiler tag is more personal notes and less my usual on-point witty reviews to base your book purchasing decisions on...

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“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are things you get ashamed of, because words make them smaller. When they were in your head they were limitless; but when they come out they seem to be no bigger than normal things. But that's not all. The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried; they are clues that could guide your enemies to a prize they would love to steal. It's hard and painful for you to talk about these things ... and then people just look at you strangely. They haven't understood what you've said at all, or why you almost cried while you were saying it.” 191 likes
“Speech destroys the function of love, I think-that's a hell of a thing for a writer to say, I guess, but I believe it to be true. If you speak to tell a deer you mean it no harm, it glides away with a single flip of its tail. Love has teeth; they bite; the wounds never close. No word, no combination of words can close those love bites. it's the other way around, that's the joke. If those wounds dry up, the words die with them.” 46 likes
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