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Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
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Dec 18, 09

bookshelves: 9th-grade-advisory
Read in December, 2009

** spoiler alert ** The novel Hearts in Atlantis is a magnificent book due to Stephen King’s ability to create a great exposition, the way the characters relationships with other characters develop, and the writing style of the Stephen King which enhances the reading experience of the book. If your familiar to many other Stephen King novels such as Carrie and Misery you will enjoy this book even though it is not of the same genre.
Stephen Kings Hearts in Atlantis portrays a great deal of descriptive detail. In the first story you see the life of Bobby Garfield, an average eleven year old boy, who is living during the 60s a kid who still experiences the death and mystery behind who his father is. His mother’s differences and mostly the new pellicular neighbor next door. While reading Hearts in Atlantis you can feel like you are right next to Bobby living in the 60s walking down the streets of Bridgeport to his later years of his life. In the second story you could especially feel the life of Peter Riley, a college student, living in the confusing times of the Vietnamese War era and its impact on him and his fellow students. Everyday scared, Peter Riley tries his best to prevent going overseas to the war. Reading his college experience Kings precise details on Peter Riley’s challenge to live, the life of his roommates, the danger of the draft, and of course, the game of Hearts. Hearts in Atlantis description of the time period is simply magnificent.
Another reason the book was superb was the way King develops the characters relationship and how much he makes you able to understand them. For example in the story Low men in yellow coats in Hearts in Atlantis King crafts a relationship that continually builds as Bobby soon learns more and more about the deep secrets of his new friend and neighbor Ted. As they bond more Bobby learns not just new things but more on his family and changes himself from the secrets he learned being with Ted. It is easy to imagine Bobby Garfield as a real human being since his character is so well depicted by the author.
An additional reason why Stephen King’s novel is spectacular because of Stephen Kings writing style. The way King writing compliments the characters faultlessly and makes them seem much more alive rather then stiff intangible characters. Such as the way they have the college kids make them actually have a real conversation like how college students had vulgarity in the way they talk rather then have them say something idiotic. This again shows how much of an exceptional piece of literature.
Overall I found Hearts in Atlantis to be incredibly magnificent and an amazing read. Stephen King’s ability to tell a story is always the best and this book is another example of how great of a writer Stephen King is and how the book Hearts in Atlantis is a book worth your time reading.

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message 1: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Ye i like how in the beginning you write spoiler alertt !

message 2: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Sommer I liked how you talked about the character developement. It is very nicely written

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