For all of those who keep insisting that Stephen King is a literary equivalent of Big Mac and fries, writing in the comfortable confines of the frequently-despised 'genre' - please take a look at The Body: The Fall from Innocence, which is much more familiar to public in the quite faithful adaptation by Rob Reiner - 'Stand by Me'.
It's not King's trademark horror; it is actually free of the constraints of any so-called 'genre'. It is a coming-of-age character-study novella set in 1960 Maine wher ...more
"So darling, darling, stand, by me, oooooooh! Stand, by me..." ...more
The Body is a timeless coming-of-age story. Set in late summer of 1960's Maine, four twelve-year-old buddies, all with strangely abusive and dysfunctional families, take a longer than anticipated walking trip in hopes of seeing a dead body rumored to be hit by a train. As their many harrowing adventures and touching personal stories unfold, they run into big trouble with some older d...more
I didn’t really care for the two short stories within the novella. When the first one began I was wondering if I had a weird electronic version that mixed two separate novels together.
What I liked most about the novella is the idea that the most important things are the hardest things to say.
‘The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are things you get a ...more
Stephen King can definitely write the best child characters. The amount of depth he installs in his characters and ...more
Besides Charles Dickens and Ruth Hogan, Stephen King is one of the few authors I admire who has always been able to stir so many different emotions in me in a single book.
Any other author could have written the simple story of 4 adolescents, who decide to embark on a journey to see the body of another youth, who has been killed by a train. But no ...more
This is almost a growing up story,, the story of four boys from a poor neighborhood you come to know of another that boy lying further off atah riverbank miles from where they are. They plan to walk up to the body to ...more
You wouldn't need to read between the lines for this to be a great story. King lays everything out for you, gut-wrenching but heart ...more
What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends
What do I do when my love is away
Does it worry you to be alone?
How do I feel by the end of the day
Are you sad because you're on your own
No, I get by ...more
This is what I thought about when reviewing this book. Words cannot describe all the feelings it made me feel. It left me with a hole in my heart, as I cannot fathom how to cope, now that the book is over. ...more
Reading this book reminded me of how much I love reading books that are either narrated by a children or feature children in them as the main characters. This was a great coming-of-age story. It made me smile, laugh and, feel sorry for the kids. It's a great story of friendship and childhood. This is my third Stephen King novella and something I've noticed is that all his books seem to have references from the other books. For example, in this book the fictional prison of Shawshank is mentioned. ...more
It was like a ritual. Every time we visited, when it was time to find something to watch, that's what we watched.
It was like a ritual because I don't know how it started, and I don't remember the last time. But for years, it's what we did, and just the look of the movie reminds me of visiting her house.
It made a great movie for this sort of thing. When you're a kid, Stand By Me is just a little...advanced. Or it ...more
But I did like the fact that the ending gave you more details on everyone's futures. I'm still not really sure ...more
At first,I must put a few words about the cover and the title. In our literature classes we were often required to analyse the cover pictures and the titles and were asked to find their relation with the content of the book. If that's the case with this book, it's just about 100% perfectly matched with the context. See how it's 4 boys walking along a railway track? That's pretty much the whole story right there.
If there's ev ...more
The Body is a coming-of-age story set in 1960s America following four twelve-year-old boys on their adventure to find the body of Ray Brower along the train tracks in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. Full of nostalgia f ...more
...'Not if I see you first...' He walked off, still laughing, moving easily and gracefully as though he didn't hurt like me...Even if I'd known the right thing to say, I probably couldn't have said it. Speech destroys the function of love..."
The Body made me feel nostalgic for summer experiences me and my friends never got close to having. Adult Gordie's reflections were so honest and heartfelt I could picture myself in the novel walking alongside the railways with Gordie, Chris, ...more
After taking a very quick break from the (still very good) book I am currently reading, I started Stephen King's The Body last night and finished it just now.
I could not stop myself from reviewing it immediately; maybe a sign of how good it was!
The Body, or Fallen from Innocence (alternate title), is the novella which inspired the very well-known, revered film Stand By Me. It follows four young ...more
I have never read a Stephen King book before and I'm so glad
that this was my first. I must have more King now. I just loved
the rawness of the story, and how these characters worked. Chris
is my favorite character in the book and in the movie and this novella
makes me want to watch the movie right now. If you have not seen "Stand by me"
then go rent it or watch it online. It's a perfect coming of age movie and the book
is just as perfect.