I am not very good at writing reviews, I don´t do it very often, but I felt like trying. So forgive me if the review does not have as much quality as...moreI am not very good at writing reviews, I don´t do it very often, but I felt like trying. So forgive me if the review does not have as much quality as many of the other ones on this site!
This book is, to me, full of contrasts. It is an interesting book. Naive, but interesting. I´m not going to spend any time on what the story is about - I´ll only write what I think of it.
I was torn between agreeing 100% with the character, and totally disagreeing with him. I was torn between loving the book, and at times almost hating it. I felt that the amount of naivity in it sometimes got to much. So much that I felt like Loe writes brain dead entertainment for children.
I especially remember a part of the book where the protagonist discuss with a five year old boy what animals they have seen, and what animals they haven´t seen. To me, this was utterly uninteresting. I could not for a moment see how this was relevant either to;
A) the story and the plot. I could not for the life of me find it relevant to the story at all. I had a sense of hopelessness even, as I could not see how the story could progress from something so trivial as something like that. Yes, there is a sense of reading between the lines, but there is a point where this becomes ridiculous. And this brings me to my second point -
B) reading between the lines becomes meaningless. How is someone supposed to read between the lines on something so trivial? And what is one supposed to understand on a philosophical level?
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Let´s forget about this part. I feel like I make myself seem like I hate this book. I don´t! I just did not like this part particularly. Loe does a great job on putting everything in perspective, not only for the protagonist but for the reader as well. He has many ideas and makes funny anecdotes that I haven´t thought about. A lot of it makes sense as well. (less)
My anticipations for this book probably ruined it for me..
Having seen the movie a couple of times first (evidently, watching the movie first; not a go...moreMy anticipations for this book probably ruined it for me..
Having seen the movie a couple of times first (evidently, watching the movie first; not a good move) made me feel the book would be magnitudes of orders better then the movie. But no. I did not think so at least..
Maybe it was the way King wrote, which to me is new. (I´ve never read King before) His way of writing a lot about what has happened in the past and not necessarily writing about what is actually happening, what the book is actually about, made me feel cheated, tricked, fooled in a way. (As if to say "Hey, wanna read a book about a family that´s trapped in a hotel all winter, where the father becomes crazy and kills his whole family?! How about no, you´ll get to read about all the things happening to them before they move, all the minor, meaningless things that happened to them in the life before they move)
By all means, King is an awfully great writer. (No sarcasm) I am in no way trying to say that I don´t find the book even slightly good, or King´s writing style even slightly recognizable, fascinating. The next book I am going to read is "Carrie", so to make myself more familiar with his style. Maybe I will appreciate "The Shining" more? (less)