Fall from Innocence: The Body
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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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
I've always wanted to read this. I've always been a huge fan of the film and was always curious as to K ...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
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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
Contiene muchas citas hermosas sobre la escritura, las cosas importantes, las mentes brillantes. También tiene una parte irónica y agria, triste.
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 ...more
This tells the tale of four boys who learn that there is a dead body ...more
― Stephen King, The Body
3 stars for the story, 1 star+ for the tru ...more
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!
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.
Stephen King could tell the story of a boring day in my life and still make it beautiful.
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