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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
Dolores Claiborne is basically a confession of a woman named by the title, to the police after being accused of killing her employer Vera Donavan. Although she didn't kill Vera, she did confess the things she's been through past 30 years of being with her that was buried deep under herself all this time.
This novel is full of fast paced suspense with a ...more
If I hasn't listened to this on audiobook, I honestly don' ...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 ago.
What kind of book is this and why did I choose to try this one of the many written by Stephen King? First of all, because it is not a book of the paranormal and not a book of horror. It is instead a psychological thriller.
Dolores Claiborne is an outspoken and strongly opinionated widow of sixty-five working as a housekeeper for Vera Donovan, a wealthy resident of a small island community in Maine. Dolores is Vera’s housekeeper. She began working fo ...more
In my experience, ...more
"There is no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids." If the book were to be distilled down into one sentence, this would do it justice.
I can appreciate that King was doing something different and unique here with the narration. He was definitely taking himself out of his own comfort zone. And in King fashion, he pulled it off (surprise surprise). I think this narrative style could have been a complete disaster if it wasn't a pro doing the work ...more
When questioned by the police about the death of her employer, Dolores Claiborne answers in a way that no-one would have imagined. Two officers and one stenographer then listens as she tells her story - and what an amazing story it is! No chapters and almost exclusively one long monologue, heavily accented and often uncouth, I enjoyed this very much! The thrilling and mystifying tie-ins to th ...more
I was reeled in by Dolores and her confession. This book had me laughing out loud and I also felt for Dolores. She was peeled like an onion as the story progressed. That is something Stephen King does wonderfully well with his characters. I loved the little tidbits of info doled out in his ...more
In this book we have a woman named Delores Claiborne, whose husband died ...more
Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to. ~ Dolores Claiborne
This book is related to Gerald's Game, even though only for a short supernatural moment during the Solar Eclipse.
Dolores Claiborne is a fascinating character and the main reason why I enjoyed this book so much. She is poor, uneducated and crude but also witty and ready to do anything for her child.
Probably one of King's most underrated books, Dolores Claiborne is a true gem about human's nature and mother's uncon ...more
Ultimately it's a story that explores the complexity of human relationships, motivation, and disappointment using well-drawn, layered, and interesting characters that border on caricatures--in other words, the kind of book I love.
The dialect/dialogue is also quite impressive, even if occasionally a l ...more
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