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The Shining by Stephen King
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Dec 04, 11

bookshelves: king-stephen
Read from November 30 to December 03, 2011

I listened to the audiobook read by Campbell Scott. (An excellent reading, by the way. Scott reads clearly and in a calm voice. It works.)
Stephen King needs no introduction. He is iconic. Most readers know Stephen King's characters tend to have telepathy and that many use thoughts in order to alter the physical world. He is known for making reference to pop culture, commercial jingles and brand names. But in THE SHINING, he does something he's not as well known for. He makes many literary allusions. He does this without being obvious. A reference to Yeats's "The Second Coming" is thrown in very casually, for example.
I won't cite other examples because I'm a bit harried, but, if you want to read a book in the grand tradition of literary horror, you are encouraged to start with this dark meditation.
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