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The Dead Zone by Stephen King
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May 05, 12

Read in April, 2012

This peculiar story of a man who develops psychic powers to see the future after a horrific car accident, seems to be King’s response to the old question of whether, given the opportunity for time travel, one would kill Hitler and he makes a good deal of it: “The Dead Zone” is, I think, one of King’s best novels. Although he recently returned to this territory in his mammoth tome “11/22/1964,” this earlier book manages to pack it all into a grim, taut story, firmly based in real time, which he carefully brings to life like a clock ticking in the background, using real-life topical events and products for both background descriptions and major set pieces(in particular, this is the only one of King’s novels that I can think of in which characters routinely watch and discuss television news shows). This sense of time spinning forward also deepens and enriches his characters, as they grapple with change and loss in the course of their lives in ways that are seldom available to the author’s often short-lived heros and heroines, whose major life events often don’t have time to recede into remembered pleasures or the dull ache of long-suffered grief.
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