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Thinner by Stephen King
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Feb 06, 11

Read from January 18 to February 06, 2011

** spoiler alert ** The book thinner provides two things. The first thing is a very intriguing story about a previously overweight man, Bill Halleck, who committed manslaughter against an old gypsy woman. As a result, her father (over 100) put a curse on him to make him thinner overtime. Desperate to trace the gypsies, Bill leaves his worried family and zig-zags his way up North (from Connecticut to Maine) and eventually locates them. The rest of the book consists of him, his New York gangster friend and their struggle to convince the old gypsy to remove the curse. Secondly, the book sent out the perceptive debate of whether justice is appropriate to establish equilibrium amongst society or as little people as possible should get hurt. The old gypsy believed in justice (Bill did not) to which he may have removed the curse from Bill, but Bill had to transfer the curse to someone else. The book seems to have been written to provoke interesting moral thoughts from the reader. Overall, I enjoyed the Book, although I think Stephen King has written even more thought-provoking and interesting stories.
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Reading Progress

01/18/2011
12.0% "Right from the beginning of the book, multiple angles of anxiety slash at protagonist Billy Halleck. He has accidentally hit a gypsy woman with a car. His daughter Linda is being taunted by the accident. Of course, he is also fifty pounds overweight. The book also mentions an old gypsy man whispering the word "thinner" in a spell-like fashion just to add paranoia to the mosh pit o"
01/18/2011
12.0% "Right from the beginning of the book, multiple angles of anxiety slash at protagonist Billy Halleck. He has accidentally hit a gypsy woman with a car. His daughter Linda is being taunted by the accident. Of course, he is also very overweight. The book also mentions an old gypsy man whispering the word "thinner" in a spell-like fashion just to add paranoia to the pit of stress. I'm finding the book very intriguing."
01/23/2011 page 82
26.0% "Now, the fear the reader gets, from sympathizing with this newly slim man, deepens when his situation becomes fully palpable. Having lost 70 ponds in just a few weeks, Bill Halleck is desperate and races around for answers while continuing to lose weight. Although intriguing and thrilling, the book is a little stereotypical of gypsies, implying that they are these pests who invade towns and cast spells on people."
01/30/2011
70.0% "My only word is "wow." Thinner is quite the intense story, the one where you find yourself two hours later waking up from the dream that the book has immersed you in. When reading, I feel the desperation of Bill Halleck as he races against the clock to abolish his curse. Then, at what seems to be the climax and when he would regain his weight-gaining ability, he doesn't. I further feel his pain and desperation."

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