It's definitively not bad, just strange and extremely unusual, no other characters´ perspectives, no switching between perspectives, no all knowing narrator intro and description scenes, close to no real horror or something supernatural, just the weird, creepy old lady explaining what happened decades ago when her husband died and what is current ...more
Having been suspected of being involved in the death of her rich employer, Dolores Claiborne tells the story of her life to the police, from the disintegration of her marriage and suspicious death of her husband to the relationship she had with her employer, Vera Donovan.
Wow, this book is pretty unique - it's in the form of a monologue given by Dolores herself detailing the events ...more
Well, there are at least two things wrong with it: (1) As long as you believe the world is your oyster, you will suffer, perpetually, and (2) We would all be better off, as a society, if we would learn this saying instead: “The world is not your vagina.”
Let's say it together, friends: The world is not your vagina.
You see. . . vaginas hold a great allure to heterosexual men. They are to the average hetero man what the holy grail was to the crusader ...more
Of course without chapters the temptation is to keep reading and just be late for everything yo ...more
Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.Meet Dolores Claiborne -- island woman, mother of three, murderess and overall high-riding bitch. And I love her! She is strength and smarts and dignity personified and in my opinion, one of the most vivid and memorable literary creations ever to walk the pages of any book. I don't say that lightly. Yes I'm a fan, yes I'm gushing, but this is also a more tempered, critical evaluation after living with her existence th ...more
Dolores Claiborne is not a horror book like Stephen King would typically do. It feels more like a psychological thriller and is more character driven with touches of anxiety, evil and humor thrown in the mix.
It's written in 1st person with no chapters or breaks in the book. Dolores Claiborne's voice is strong and believable in everything that happens in her life. The plot feels raw, dark and sad at times.
I just loved reading the parts ...more
A classic in which domestic violence and personal tragedy are the fo ...more
For readers who despise short chapters in their novels, try this one on for size. There are no chapter breaks, and none are needed. The vernacular in which it is deliver ...more
Dolores has much in common with the n ...more
Will this be a rubbernecking event? Or is an obviously guilty woman obviously and truly guilty with the crime she is being accused of?
Truly, the story is a lot more complex and interesting than any first glance, and more than anything, we're meant to get in deep within Dolores's s ...more
Five stars for Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne! I've been slowly working my way through King's catalog, and I picked up Dolores because 1) I had liked the 1995 movie version starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh* and 2) the story features a total solar eclipse, which we just experienced last year.
However, I was unprepared for how marvelous the dialogue was, how sharp-witted the character of Dolores would be, and how thrillin ...more
I’m not an ardent fan od Stephen King but Dolores Claiborne felt pretty good to me. I’ve read only three his works earlier just to see what people see in him and have to say I liked him the most in his psychological version. Because despite the opinion of being horror writer he is quite good observer of life, not specially prophetic, revealing or something, just good. Also he seems to have an eye to render quite an atmosphere of time and place he describes. And to me picture of reality, even if ...more
Now I've finally read it, I'm surprised it took me so long to get to this book. In fact, the title has always felt so familiar that I was half convinced I'd either read the novel or seen the movie before, although that was not the case. True enough Kathy Bates played the lead role of Dolores, and Jennifer Jason Leigh played her daughter, and I remember there had been some fanfare around the release of the movie in the mid-90s (released in 1995) and both actresses were very familiar to ...more
It’s a confession really.
About her husband and what happened during that eclipse. About her employer but; mostly, and most importantly, about herself: as a woman, and a wife, and a mother.
It is a very chilling tale, told by today’s master of the craft.
The bell resonates.
I fell into her voice and found myself in that small town, on that little island, off the coast of Maine with ...more
Dolores Claiborne was one of the movies that I repeatedly watched in the 90's, so it's slightly strange that it's taken until now to finally read the book.
I feel that this is one of King's underappreciated classics!
Maybe Kathy Bates portrayal is so firmly cemented to this character as I could really hear her voice as the events are narrated by Claiborne herself.
King writes such strong charact ...more
“Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.”
One of King's greatest talents is in his writing of characters, making them come across as realistic paper-people with sympathetic emotions and believable motivations. Dolores Claiborne is a work of art - she's not the typical heroine that carries a novel with her beauty, intelligence, station in life, or luck of fate. Instead she's average with her life but takes herself up a notch, makes herself stand out by standing strong in the fa ...more
As I had recently read Gerald's Game, I thought the eerie connection of two unrelated women who experience terror(view spoiler)[ and kill their husbands (hide spoiler)] during the total eclipse added to the suspe...more
As old as this book is, and considering it was made into a big budget film starring Kathy Bates (my favorite King adaption, by the way), almost everyone knows the plot — so I won't rehash too much. But I will say this is the story of a woman — easily the strongest woman King has ever created, and simply one of the best damn female main characters I've ever come across in fict ...more
Audiobook – Narrated by Frances Sternhagen – Excellent Narration.
Written as one chapter, this is the story of Dolores Claiborne who is suspected of murdering her wealthy employer.
Instead, during one long night, in a police interview, she confesses to murdering her husband 30 years ago.
The story goes back in time as she tells about the woman she worked for and is suspected of killing, about her marriage and her violent and abusive husband, and her life on Little Tall Island.
I’ve read the book on ...more
The entire novel is told by Dolores Claiborne in her sworn statement to the investigating police. Her employer of 40 years has died in a tragic accident … or did Dolores kill her? Dolores doesn’t pull any punches, she tells us on page two that she did not kill Vera Donovan (though Vera deserved killing, more than once … she was a high-riding bitch). No, Dolores did nothing to hasten old Mrs Donovan’s ending … but she did kill her husband, Joe St George, twenty-nine years ag ...more
Written unconventionally, Dolores Claiborne (the book) was an account or sort of a monologue confession of the titular character about her involvement in the death of a wealthy old woman named Vera Donovan, whom Dolores was employed. Along the way, we learned about Dolores' life. Her love and hate relationship with her employer. Her failed marriage with his alcoholic and sickening husband. And most importantly, her unc ...more
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