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Fall from Innocence: The Body

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In 1960s America, four young boys go on a journey to search for the body of a boy killed by a train. As they travel, they discover how cruel the world can be, but also how wondrous.

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Published (first published 1982)
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Nataliya
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's looking for a well-written character-based story


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
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Carol
I really liked the movie Stand By Me so I knew going in to expect a great read, but what I found was so much 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

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Nayra.Hassan
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
لا يوجد من يكتب عن الصبية في سن 12افضل من ستيفن كينج..سوى تشارلز ديكنز.. و ربما كانا متساويين
في رائعة موجزة و راقية؛ يقدم لنا كينج ابطاله الأربعة الصغار على لسان احدهم : جوردي :الاخ الذي يعاني من فقدان أخيه و تجاهل والديه له بعدها..و هي تيمة مفضلة في أدب كينج

يقرر ان يصطحب أصدقاؤه الثلاثة في رحلة لإيجاد جثة زميل لهم مختفي..و اثناء الرحلة يجدون انفسهم بالطبع..
نتعرف على الأسر المفككة العنيفة التي تعج بها البلدة الصناعية النائية ..
ستجعلك تتساءل مرارا..لماذا تحظى تلك الأسر المتهالكة...بالأبناء الافضل
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Duane
This early Stephen King story was adapted into the 1986 movie Stand by Me. The setting is 1960s Maine where four young teens take a walking adventure trip looking for a dead boy's body. If you grew up in the 50s and 60s, this is the kind of stuff you would do, damn the consequences. Great story telling by a master story teller.
Eirini
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king
4.5*
Αγαπητέ Στήβεν,
Ξέρω οτι σε έχω κατηγορήσει πολλές φορές για την ατελείωτη φλυαρία σου αλλά αυτή τη φορά δεν θα πω τίποτα.Οχι επειδή δεν φλυαρείς και σε αυτό το βιβλίο αλλά γιατί με συγκίνησες και αγάπησα και την φλυαρία σου.Με έκανες να νιώσω την αποπνικτική ζέστη,να ακούσω τα κουνούπια να ζουζουνίζουν στα αυτιά μου,να νιώσω τις ράγες του τρένου να δονούνται,να δω τα σύννεφα της καταιγίδας να μαζεύονται πάνω απο το κεφάλι μου και ,πάνω απ'ολα, με έκανες να συμπάσχω και να συμπονέσω αυτά τα π
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J.C.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movie
I feel like I just watched an audio-only version of the film "Stand By Me". Which makes sense as this was the original story that inspired the movie. And its surprising how much the movie not only followed the original story, but captured much of its spirit. Certainly the King version is much more vulgar and up front, but the wonder of youth and the harsh reality of time is there, in the film.

I've always wanted to read this. I've always been a huge fan of the film and was always curious as to K
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With a Little Help from My Friends by The Beatles

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
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Marie
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The straightforward, but somehow magical recount of four boys looking for a body, sounds like it should be so much less than it is. The harsh reality of life, leaking out of a would-be romantic childhood adventure, lulls you into the wonder of youthful friendship, then slams you hard with the realization that life happens to everyone, and nothing about that is fair.
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
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Rebecca McNutt
The inspiration for the highly-rated 1986 film Stand By Me, The Body is different than Stephen King's usual writing. Unlike his gory horror novels, this short story is just a book about four misfit kids who go on a hike to find a rumored dead body downtown, but on the way, they learn about friendship and family and reputation, and they also learn the real meaning of death, and what once became an immature adventure they eventually see the seriousness behind.
Nicholas
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, the-king
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have pe ...more
Jane Stewart
Engaging wonderful experience watching and listening to some twelve-year-old boys. But the ending was a downer.

This novella was first published in the anthology “Different Seasons.” It is available individually as an audiobook, which is how I heard/read it. This review is solely for The Body, not the others in the anthology. The Body was also made into the movie “Stand By Me.”

This is a novella, but it didn’t feel like a short story. The characters were wonderfully developed. I was frequently smi
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Sharmin
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
বাইরে কযামপের নাম করে চার বনধু অভিযানে বের হয়। জঙগলে একজনের লাশ পরে আছে শুনে সেটা আবিসকার করার নেশায় পেয়ে বসে তাদেরকে। তাদের উদদেশয হচছে লাশের কথা পুলিশকে জানিয়ে করেডিট নিবে। জঙগলের পথে যাওয়ার সময় একবার তারা সামানযের জনয টরেন একসিডেনটে পরে বেঁচে যায় আরেকবার ভুতের ভয়ে ঘুমাতে পারে না। পুকুরে সাতার দেবার সময় গাদা গাদা জোঁকের খপপরে পরে যায় । শেষ পরযনত যখন কাঙখিত লকষযে পৌছায় তখন সেখানে গিয়ে আবিসকার করে তাদের আগেই আরও একটা দল সেখানে উপসথিত হয়ে আছে। মুখোমুখি সংঘরষের এক পরযায়ে পরচনড ঝড় আসে । এরপর কি হয় ...more
Crys
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's funny, sometimes, how you can build an impression of an author early in your life and then, based on that impression, avoid their books. I always thought that SK's books were too scary, too gory, too dark for me to enjoy so I never bothered with them. However, over the last year or so, I've started reading his novellas and his newer releases. I'm never disappointed. This book is no exception. I remember the movie Stand By Me well, and the book is even better with an ending that left me so s ...more
Melissa Coyle
This brought back memories of the boys, and now the men that I know. There was a freedom before I-Pods and Xboxes, for adventures, daring, swearing, smoking, neighborhood sports that forged a brotherhood of respect (or not) amongst these lads. It has made them who they are today. I love how these cranky twelve year olds plan an adventure out of the curiosity of seeing a dead body. This story was a walk down memory lane! :D
Nate
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I love this story. I have read it many times, but this was my first listen and also the first time I've had the pleasure of listening to a Frank Muller audiobook. This was a masterful reading, and I'm looking forward to taking in much of Stephen King's catalog in the future as Frank Muller readings.
Taylor Osborne
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the saddest books I've ever read.

First of all I love how King weaves things from other books into his books- mentioning a rabid dog named Cujo and Shawshank. Makes me feel like an insider or something when I come across these little things.


This book really reminded me of It. Kids, a summer of misadventure, a writer reflecting on that summer adventure that changed his life, a dead brother of the writer... Lots of commonalities. My favorite character, perhaps of any King novel, is
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Teena Reid
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was written in the typical Stephen King fashion, he is smooth and caring, yet blunt. He has character development down to an art, he makes you love or hate the characters like you know them personally. He's an author that, if someone said they didn't like a specific character that you liked in one of his novels, you would get offended, because he gets you so attached that you feel like a friend of yours is being insulted. 'Stand By Me' was adapted from this, if you got attached to those chara ...more
Kelsey
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why, but I just couldn't get fully into this. I really wanted to as the film is one of my favourites. But I just couldn't. I found myself skimming a lot of it and even skipping large chunks. It was still really well written and I know the story is a good'un, so I really have no idea why I couldn't get into. Maybe the film overshadowed it too much or something? I don't know.

But I did like the fact that the ending gave you more details on everyone's futures. I'm still not really sure
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Svetlana
Одна из лучших историй про взросление и дружбу, про первобытный страх и первое знакомство со смертью, как раскрывается человек в критические моменты и про то неуловимое, но очень важное в жизни, что не дает спать по ночам и в поисках ответов на вопросы спустя десятилетия гонит в лес взрослого человека отыскать корзинку - мелочь из далекого прошлого.
Shaun
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another solid delivery by King. This is probably one of King's best known works. Most people will know it from the movie "Stand By Me." I won't bother commenting on it too much. But I will address one thing I've been wanting to mention for awhile now.

Stephen King's fascination with the n-word is of great interest to me. He explores it as a kind of sideshow in his books. It's a powerful word and he likes to see what it can do. It seems to be used at least once in almost every book he writes. In
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Aditya
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Different Seasons consists of 4 novellas & all of them are basically character studies.It firmly established King as a pure literary genius & quashed all naysayers who had him typecast ed as a horror writer.It shows off the width & variety of human emotions that King could easily write about without ever sounding cheesy or unrealistic & how his style makes us care for characters whom we otherwise would have hated.I would provide a brief synopsis of each of the 4 novellas & wh ...more
Priscilla
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ojalá le pudiera poner más de 5 estrellas. Es una pequeña historia cargada de emoción. Es la historia más cruda y viva que he leído y tal vez se debe a su tamaño. Me siento acongojada, por lo que sucedió en la historia y por que terminó, al mismo tiempo estoy aliviada de que terminó.

Contiene muchas citas hermosas sobre la escritura, las cosas importantes, las mentes brillantes. También tiene una parte irónica y agria, triste.
Mohamed Shoaib
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أربعة أصدقاء في رحلة للبحث عن "جثة" اخبر فيرن بها أصدقاءه .. ينتهي بهم الامر بإجاد أنفسهم .. و جثة.
نوڤيلا رائعة أجبرتني على تحميل الفيلم التي تحولت له لمشاهدته
Cameron Burns
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Body is a great, funny, and inspirational book about four best friends (Teddy, Vern, Chris, and Gordie.) Who find out about a missing boy who is certainly dead and go looking for him. Chris is from a troubled family of high school drop outs and criminals. Teddy has an abusive and alcoholic dad who burned teddies ears on a stove but teddy still visits him sometimes in jail. Vern is a below average kid who still manages to have fun and stay away from bullies like billy and his gang. Gordie (Th ...more
Ryan
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King grabs adolescence- and even early adulthood by the reigns and doesn't let go in this unflinching, brutally honest, 'fake memoir' style novella of a young man re-telling his accounts of growing up in a small, shit-splat fictional town in Maine known as Castle Rock.
Four young boys head out on a somewhat innocent adventure to see the dead body of a boy their age that went missing about a week prior. What ensues is something I consider to be some of King's best writing to date. Sincer
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Dave
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The movie "Stand By Me" was based on this book. Along with "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile", this is a story by King that I use as an example when somebody says they don't like Stephen King. Sure, it's possible to not like all of his works, but people often don't realize how wide King branches out in style. Of course if you actually read the book, you will find a lot of vulgarities, which is generally a constant.

This tells the tale of four boys who learn that there is a dead body
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Asma
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speech destroys the function of love, I think-that's a hell of a thing for a writer to say, I guess, but I believe it to be true. If you speak to tell a deer you mean it no harm, it glides away with a single flip of its tail. Love has teeth; they bite; the wounds never close. No word, no combination of words can close those love bites. it's the other way around, that's the joke. If those wounds dry up, the words die with them.”
― Stephen King, The Body
3 stars for the story, 1 star+ for the tru
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RaeAnne
I have seen Stand By Me, but it's been ages and I only remembered bits and pieces of it as I was reading this short story.

I ADORED this and would totally re-read it! I laughed and cried and returned the book to the library with a handful of really good quotes from it. (Quotes that made me sit there and stare at the page for a moment and just think about what I had read.) I can't wait to review this on my blog!
Richard Denney
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the movie.
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.

-R.D.
Amy Brack
I read this for the 2015 Reading Challenge "A book written the same year you were born" category. If I don't get around to another, it's also "A book you can read in one day"

Stephen King could tell the story of a boring day in my life and still make it beautiful.
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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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“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are things you get ashamed of, because words make them smaller. When they were in your head they were limitless; but when they come out they seem to be no bigger than normal things. But that's not all. The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried; they are clues that could guide your enemies to a prize they would love to steal. It's hard and painful for you to talk about these things ... and then people just look at you strangely. They haven't understood what you've said at all, or why you almost cried while you were saying it.” 281 likes
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