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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

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Shawshank Redemption, from the best-selling collection Different Seasons, is a facinating example of why King has won the acclaim of critics who eschew horror novels. A dramatic story of redemption, the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker wrongly imprisoned for killing his wife and her lover.
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Published January 1st 1994 by Recorded Books Inc (first published January 1st 1982)
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Nataliya
"Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption is subtitled 'Hope Springs Eternal' - and that perfectly sums up the soul of his book.



It's hope that keeps you going - even after everything horrible that you can ever imagine has already happened to you, even after life has knocked you down over and over again, even after there seems to be nothing left. Hope is the last thing to die, they say. Andy Dufresn
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Sanjay Gautam
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prison ain't no fairy tales.

Almost everything that could be possibly said about it has been said. What makes this book different is the message it conveys - one of eternal hope. I was and am profoundly moved by this simple and eloquent depiction of hope, friendship, and redemption.

The story begins with the trial of a young banker, Andy Dufresne, victimized by circumstantial evidence, resulting in a conviction for the murder of his wife and her lover. After a quick conviction, Andy finds himsel
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Nayra.Hassan
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عند توزيع العقول ..كل إنسان اعجبه عقله ..و لم يعجبه رزقه
و عندما يقع عليك ظلم كبير ..كبير من الطراز الذي يعصف بالاخضر و اليابس في حياتك..يكون امامك اختيارين
تندب حظك حتى الموت كمدا🙊
تشحذ قدراتك ..لا لكي تنهض فقط..بل لتستفيد ممن ظلموك

يا عبادي اني حرمت الظلم على نفسي..و جعلته بينكم محرما فلا تظالموا..هذا ما قاله الله عز و جل في الحديث القدسي
..بعد وقوع الظلم مباشرة و في فترة الانحطاط النفسي نتساءل مرارا ماذا فعلت كي استحق كل هذا؟
ولكن لا ليس {اندي دوفرين}ا
..ذلك المحاسب الذي خانته زوجته و تم قتلها مع
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Eliasdgian
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η μια αφίσα διαδεχόταν την άλλη στο κελί του Άντυ Νταφρέσν στις πολιτειακές φυλακές Shawshank και τα χρόνια το ίδιο. Το 1949 ήταν η Rita Hayworth, το 1955 την αντικατέστησε η Marilyn Monroe, το 1960 η Jane Mansfield, το 1966 η Raquel Welch. Τελευταία αφίσα που κρεμάστηκε στον τοίχο του κελιού 14 της πτέρυγας 5 ήταν αυτή της Linda Ronstadt, τραγουδίστριας της κάντρυ. Τι στ’ αλήθεια σήμαιναν οι αφίσες αυτές για τον Άντυ Νταφρέσν;

«...το ίδιο πράγμα που σημαίνουν για τους περισσότερους κατάδικους..
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KamRun
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
میدونی مکزیکیها در مورد اقیانوس آرام چی میگن رِد؟ میگن که اونجا هیچ خاطرهای وجود نداره و به همین علته که من میخوام زندگیم رو اونجا به پایان برسونم

بعد از کتاب پاپیون هانری شاریر (و اقتباس سینمایی آن با بازی به یاد ماندنی استیو مککوئین)، کتاب امیدهای جاودان بهاری: رهایی از شاوشنک جزء بهترینهای این ژانر محسوب میشود که هر دو درونمایهای یکسان دارند: امید به رهایی
این کتاب را مدتها پیش خریده بودم و خواندن آن را به روزهای سخت آینده محول کرده بودم و چه خوب هم به کارم آمد! در شبهای تاریک پادگان شروع به
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Councillor
Usually, I'm struggling with trying to review my favorite books, because apart from expressions like 'awesome', 'mind-blowing' or 'must-read', not too much can be said about stories like these. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I tend to enjoy writing snarky reviews of books I disliked way more than trying to compose a decent review on a story I loved and want everyone else to read as well.

"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" is one of them. I have to admit, I am a huge fan of prison st
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☮Karen
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite movies and I watch it anytime it's rerun on tv. I've vowed to read more Stephen King because if you skip those of the horror genre, his other books are such wonderful, human stories. Having recently been in on some discussions of another prison book, The Enchanted, I couldn't help but compare the two books as I read along. I love both books, with their similarities and dissimilarities; but Shawshank offers such hope and redemption (I mean it is right there in the title ...more
Kelli
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, audio
Anyone driving north on Rte 3 "down in Massachusetts" this morning may have passed a girl driving an SUV, one hand covering her mouth, tears pouring down her face and neck. They may have wondered in passing if she was having a rough morning or had received some bad news...but would anyone ever guess that she was in throes of this cathartic sobfest courtesy of Stephen King and the beautiful final passages of The Shawshank Redemption? Probably not.

I cannot believe I have never read this. Actually,
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Mark
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans, Stephen King fans, book-to-film buffs
Shelves: kingstephen
One of the best set of novella length stories ever put together. Period. For anyone out there who accuses King of not beinjg able to write well, this set should end that argument.

Shawshank: "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" is a masterpiece. A streamlined cast of characters and clever telling of the story using the narrator as a main character, only to shift into first person to finish the story with expectant yet unresolved hope.

Apt Pupil: Scary. Really spooky stuff. Not so much for
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Kandice
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a wonderful story. It's the "Hope Springs Eternal" portion of Different Seasons. That sounds ridiculous on the surface because, it is after all, about a man wrongfully convicted of a double homicide and then incarcerated for decades, but somehow King infuses each page with hope. Even the pages that talk about lining your underwear with toilet paper because you've been raped! Any writer that can do that is a magician and a genius in my opinion!
April
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, library, audio
I am willing to bet the majority of people reading this review have already seen the film version of The Shawshank Redemption. If you have not seen the movie, stop reading my review and go watch the film. It is amazing. I have recently discovered the 'free' audio-books on the library. (Thank you tax dollars). The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King is a relatively short book. It is also a short audio book, only 3 cassettes (my POS car has a tape-deck). Frank Muller narrates Stephen King's tale ...more
imane
عندما تظلم حياتك بامكانك الاستسلام او استخدام عقلك وتدبر امورك. اندي دخل السجن بسبب خيانة زوجته وخرج بفضل صورة ريتا هيوارث اندي عرف الفرق بين الاشياء التي يستطيع تغييرها والاشياء التي فرضت عليه اندي تاقلم مع وضعه لمدة ثم حصل على حريته وخلال تلك الفترة المظلمة كان له اثر ايجابي على كل المحيطين به. التغيير يبدا من الداخل الى الخارج وليس العكس واندي فهم ذلك جيدا فهم ان لديه الخيار بين ان يؤثر على هذا العالم او يسمح له بالتاثير عليه فهم انه هناك دائما امل.
Nu-Jahat-Jabin
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
একমাতর বই যেটার বই থেকে মুভিটা বেশি অসাধারন লেগেছে। মরগযান ফরিমযানের কণঠসবর <3 ...more
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
"Well you weren't writing about yourself, I hear someone in the peanut-gallery saying. You were writing about Andy Dufresne. You're nothing but a minor character in your own story. But you know, that's just not so. It's all about me, every damned word of it. Andy was the part of me they could never lock up, the part of me that will rejoice when the gates finally open for me and I walk out in my cheap suit with my twenty dollars of mad-money in my pocket. That part of me will rejoice no matter ho ...more
Brit Cheung
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I Saw the movie, it would give entirely new perspective from which I could continuously break the old self and entrench the new. Having seen the movie no less that ten times, I detected that, amazingly, something fresh would preceed to emerge all the time. That could be something we call Classic.

There could be some reasons that I'd rather call it a “shape who I will be”,but still, I could not exactly tell what the reasons were. The perceptions would evolve with the age. The movie and
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Isabella Roland
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it took me this long to discover this novella, especially since The Shawshank Redemption is my all time favorite movie. Hearing the story from Red's gentle and detailed perspective was intriguing. Red has a great sense of humor throughout the book. He tells the story in a way that allows you to see the passing of time. This is not as evident in the movie version. Although short, this book gives the reader something to hope for in their own life. I also loved the peek into the pri ...more
Eirini
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king
Εξαιρετικό βιβλίο,μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ!Είναι έξυπνο,είναι καλογραμμένο,περιγράφει συγκλονιστικα τη ζωή στις φυλακές,δημιουργεί έντονα συναισθήματα,και έχει και χιούμορ σε μικρές δόσεις.
david
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very kool story !!
TheLoneTiger
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Saw the wondeful movie first. While reading this book i had the characters in my head already set out so made the experience much better.

Such a great story about a lot of different aspects of life in a sense and how, if at all, you manage to deal with them. Of course the core story and THAT twist is so well done!! I also like the obscure finish, did he or didn't he.....😄
Tatevik
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017, kindle
It turns out I like Stephen King's writing when the story is not filled with supernatural and horror, well except for Green Mile. Looking forward to finding more books like this written by him.
A.J.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is not a review for the entire collection, Different Seasons. I intend to read it at some point, but when I came across this audiobook I couldn't pass it up.

The enduring fame of Shawshank is in large part thanks to the film. I've found many people are surprised to hear that Stephen King wrote it. I'm guessing these are the same people that believe he's just a horror writer, and here you can almost hear the strained twang of elitism in the voice. But sorry, Charlie, Uncle Steve has a bag and
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Veronika Duritzdeschain
One of the few books in history that was actually as good as its on screen counterpart, although how they managed to squeeze so much screen time out of such a short story still amazes me. I originally read this book when I was 16, missing my school prom to finish it and I loved it then as I love it now. The true mark of a good story is one that can be told time and time again without you ever realising that you have read it before. This is certainly one of those great stories, from an equally gr ...more
Ashish Iyer
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a truly frightening book of his. Yes, King's novels are disturbing, but not scary. A truly powerful yet disturbing account of an injustice law system, and the effects it has on a young man's life. Although imprisoned unjustly, he doesn't complain: it is not in his character. Instead, he decides to fight the system: not with his fists, with his mind. He succeeds. If you liked the movie, you will not be dissapointed in the moody, honest and bold novel. But in the sad case when you ha ...more
Donna
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. It was probably 3 stars for me, but just because I loved the writing, I will add an extra star. I love Stephen King's writing. His characters are richly drawn. There is so much vivid detail that makes them leap from the page. I always love that. There is always a special emphasis on the emotions as well. These details didn't just apply to the characters, but they were also poured into the setting so that you could truly see it.
علي الماجد
من اروع ما قرأت لهذا الكاتب المذهل

رجل سجن خطأ بتهمة قتل زوجته , تحت امرة سجان سادي يهوى تعذيب السجناء لكن بحكمة و صبر و اناة يستطيع كسب ثقته مستقلا اتقانه للحسابات و من ثم الهرب من السجن بطريقة غير جديدة في الواقع ففكرة نفق تحت الارض هي من اقدم الطرق و اكثرها فشلا

لكن المذهل في الامر كيف اخفى اندي امره عن السجان مع تحفضهم الشديد في التفتيش و فسادهم الذي استشرى كالمرض ثم هناك رد الذي يجلب لك اي شيء من خارج السجون

ستفين كنج خرج هنا بصورة مغايرة عن قصص الرعب التي اصبح ايقونة لها حتى انه حكى في مقابل
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Kunal
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kelsey
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another winning piece from Stephen King. Pitch perfect from start to finish.
Siddharth
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
This book is worth all the hype surrounding the book, the movie and Stephen King. I haven't seen the movie yet, so I think I had a rather unique experience with reading the book of an insanely popular and very very well received movie.

I won't watch the movie now, because it's probably way too graphic. If you have read the book, you know what I mean. Also, I don't want to lose the Andy Dufresne that I have made up in my head and replace him with whoever the director and the screenwriter for the m
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Sami Choudhury
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
কিছু বলার নেই। ৫/৫। অনুবাদ যথারীতি সাবলীল।
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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