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 where monsters are ...more
The premise is simple:
“Do you guys wanna go see a dead body?”
The end product is quite possibly the best coming-of-age story ever written. This is what the saying “boys will be boys” is about. It’s about going on an adventure, and saying swear words when out of your parents’ earshot, and trying a cigarette just so you can say you did, and standing up to bullies, and most of all it’s about friendship. Because really?
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus,really?simple: ...more
"So darling, darling, stand, by me, oooooooh! Stand, by me..."
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 dudes, but rein vimore.The ...more
I LOVE the movie Stand By Me.
I don't know if its because its a great film(it is). Or if it's because I watched it around the same time, I watched movies like The Sandlot and My Girl. So in my mind I just equate them with summers in my childhood.
I haven't watched Stand By Me in probably over 15years, it was probably around the same time I read this book for the first time. I remember not really liking the book back then. I think it was the combination of it being a non-horr ...more
Besides Charles Dickens and Ruth Hogan, Stephen King is one of the few authors I admire who has always been able to stir so many different emotions in me in a single book.
Any other author could have written the simple story of 4 adolescents, who decide to embark on a journey to see the body of another youth, who has been killed by a train. But not an ...more
The story itself was nothing special. It was very classic Stephen King, a coming of age story for four boys in Castle Rock, Maine. I was reminded a lot of IT- not because anything in the book was all that scary, but just because the boys seemed like they were doing a lot of the same things. (Walking train tracks through the woods, battling ...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
The book was perfectly fine, It was almost similar to the Outsiders. It was just shy of 200 pages, and if it was any longer, I would hav ...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 is what I thought about when reviewing this book. Words cannot describe all the feelings it made me feel. It left me with a hole in my heart, as I cannot fathom how to cope, now that the book is over.
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/>What ...more
It was like a ritual. Every time we visited, when it was time to find something to watch, that's what we watched.
It was like a ritual because I don't know how it started, and I don't remember the last time. But for years, it's what we did, and just the look of the movie reminds me of visiting her house.
It made a great movie for this sort of thing. When you're a kid, Stand By Me is just a little...advanced. Or it ...more
At first,I must put a few words about the cover and the title. In our literature classes we were often required to analyse the cover pictures and the titles and were asked to find their relation with the content of the book. If that's the case with this book, it's just about 100% perfectly matched with the context. See how it's 4 boys walking along a railway track? That's pretty much the whole story right there.< ...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 develop ...more
After taking a very quick break from the (still very good) book I am currently reading, I started Stephen King's The Body last night and finished it just now.
I could not stop myself from reviewing it immediately; maybe a sign of how good it was!
The Body, or Fallen from Innocence (alternate title), is the novella which inspired the very well-known, revered film Stand By Me. It follows four/>The ...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
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