Hearts in Atlantis
THEY ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
No matter the format, Stephen King's work is spellbinding because the author himself is spellbound. The first hugely popular writer of the TV generation, King published his first novel, Carrie, in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam. Images from that wa...more
IT for example is a creature that escaped from th…moreEvery one of Stephan King novels has references to The Dark Tower. Some are more obvious than others.
IT for example is a creature that escaped from the prim which is the outermost layer of The Dark Tower. Christine is another creature that escaped from the prim and shows up in IT.
Google Stephan King universe and there is a person who has made a map of all Stephan King novels pointing out references going to The Dark Tower.
Edward Lorn an author has videos on YouTube going through Stephan King novels, short stories in connection to The Dark Tower.
Beginning with Carrie.
The more one understands how all the novels are tied into each other the more one can enjoy them.(less)
My first time reading Hearts in Atlantis, if Goodreads had existed, I probably would have given it 3.5-stars. Alas, it was the Stone Age and it didn't.
Those were dark times, my friends. Dark times.
Many years have passed and I think the fact that I now have age and experience on my side, allows me to view this work from a completely different perspective.
While this most likely explains the significant jump in my rating, I think the fact that I have now read the first six ...more
'Atlantis' the mythical continent that sunk, is in this book, standing for anything that is slowly ending or falling apart like childhood, university, memories, the Vietnam war and what America stands for, and our lives - these themes are explored in the two amazing novellas and three short stories within. 'Hearts'? - this is a group of stories about the ...more
Am I enjoying it ? No not at all.
But I don't wanna dnf it coz only 80 pages are left!
It's a short story collection right,so I want to lay individual comments on each one!
Low men in yellow coats:- 4.5/5
Heart in Atlantis:- 1.5/5
Blind Willie:- 2/5
Why we are in Vietnam:- 2 /5
Heavenly shades of night are falling :-2.5/5
Here is one more thing, this is my last book by Stephen king because I think his books are just not for me !
Though I have huge respect for ...more
I loved this book! This is, by far, one of Kings deepest books--delving into the time period, one of tension and fear... and the humanity of the characters...their coming of age, their trials, their sanity, and even deaths. It is far more than a collection of short stories, as there is a continuation of characters throughout the book in some way in each story. I'm not saying that this is like a ...more
Before you go casting aspersions on this review, please note that I'm not a big fan of these short story collections, and I only read this for the Dark Tower tie-ins, which the first story delivered in spades.
In Wolves of the Calla, Father Callahan shared some of his story with our ka-tet. Part of which involved his travels down highways in hiding, and the relentless pursuit of his trail by the Low Men in Yellow Coats. So I was eager to learn more about these mystery men through the first ...more
Hearts in Atlantis is quite an unusual book is that it is comprised of 5 interlinking stories (technically 2 novellas and 3 short stories) that contain the same recurring characters and take place chronologically. The stories refer to events that take place in the 1960s, primarily the Vietnam war. I also feel like this will be quite hard to review without spoiling, so bear with ...more
The parts are made up of two novella length tales, two short stories and an epilogue that seeks to tie up loose ends. The uniting theme here is, I guess, the Vietnam War, although maybe it’s more about growing up and discovery and friendship and pain. I suppose it’s for the reader to decide.
The stories flow chronologically and the first is ...more
This is nowhere near being one of Kings scariest books, but it may possibly be one of the deepest novels he has written.
Being a child of the 60's, having grown up in the Vietnam era, this book really hit home for me. But it wasn't just because of the war itself. This was a look into the hearts of man (and woman).
Interestingly enough, I started out in the first story being entertained in the fantasy of a tale that not only took me back to a time of my childhood but was also connected to King's D ...more
On subsequent reads, the confusion regarding the format is not there, but the stories just don't really grab me like I want them to, and how I'm used to ...more
The first story is the longest and has a connection to the dark tower. I felt a nerdy shiver of joy enve ...more
But I don't want it to sound like I hated this collection because I really didn't! I was able to appreciate these stories much more this time around because when I first read Hearts in Atlantis, I hadn't read the D ...more
In 2003 I accompanied a nephew of mine (then 9 years old) on a chess-tournament because his father didn’t have time. So I got stuck for a few days in the small (very small!) town called Wurmannsquick in Lower Bavaria with nothing to do while the kids were playing chess (which lasted pretty much all day). I went to the local supermarket, which was more like a minimarket, to see if I could find ...more
As I stated earlier, I can’t stand to listen to hippies wax nostalgic about the 60s. I’ve read enough and studied enough and examined the decade without romantic attachment. I’m much happier to have grown up in the 1980s and Reagan’s America.
However, King does not romanticize. ...more
This collection of novellas and short stories all intertwine into one lump story that I'll refer to as The Vietnam Story. SK was extremely anti-Vietnam War and it shows in these stories. Overall I gave the collection 3 1/2 stars. A few of the stories I loved and the rest were just okay. I did find it depressing and angry but also thought-provoking. SK is a great storyteller and I felt as though I was immersed into the 60s during all of the turmoil an ...more
Low Men in Yellow Coats - 5/5
I loved Bobby and Teds relationship!
Hearts in Atlantis - 3/5
I was less keen on Peter and co.
Blind Willie - 2/5
Didn't care much for this at all. Willie was a low character as a teen in the first tale so why would be be any better as an adult I guess.
Why we were in Vietnam - 2/5
I enjoyed learning about how what the no longer kids got up to in 'nam but the ending was too weird?
Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling - 4/5
Bobby and Carol. Brought tears to my ey ...more
Hearts is a dramatic ...more
A film adaption was made. It's superb. The film made me cry. It's based on the first short story, which is also a tie in with the Dark Tower series. An old man meets a boy and they become friends. The old man ...more
most of his stories, in one way or another, link childhood and growing up with the adults they, and we, become.
I guess this shouldn't be that much of a revelation that I've unearthed,
given that he's a strong character builder, and what more logical way
is there to fleshing out a character than growing with them through formative years?
King is obviously still in touch with what it was to be a child, and
I'm sure his most ardent fans a ...more
I laughed my ass off, I cried, I was lost in the world of Stephen King. I went through each page like a person'd go through a gold mine, not missing anything, because this book is just that - Pure gold.
(I had world history in my high school and there were a chapter or two about Vietnam, first French colonization then hard on heel came U.S. so I had a gist of the plot and that made this book even more interesting than it'd have been if I knew nothing about t ...more
Anyway, Hearts is an engaging tale about the baby boomer generation, propagating the view ...more
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