Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
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This glorious tale of the supernatural opens with arguably the second most famous sentence in the history of western literature: "Jack Torrance thought: Officious little pric". Obviously this is meant to offend or entrap the reader, and it does, but the comment is not entirely out of context of the character of Jack Torrance once you get to know him. By the end of part one, we know that he is susceptible to violence, alcoholism and depression. We also know that the Overlook Hotel - the location of the story itself - has had a particularly violent and gruesome history. We know that Danny Torrance - son of Jack and Wendy - is gifted (or cursed) with the ability to witness events before they happen. This is unfortunate for one so young, and yet in this context, this ability may turn out to be a blessing for him to witness events that he does not fully comprehend.
As the story progresses, Mr King prefers to hint at significant features of the tale, leading the reader to guess this, or guess that, instead of simply telling the reader what he wants them to know. Suspense therefore builds slowly but surely and each page is turned by the reader not just with apprehension of what you know is sure to come, but with a sense of absolute joy in the knowledge that you have placed the next four or five hours of your life in the hands of a master. And when it comes to The Overlook Hotel, the mind boggles.
So, in summary, then: Is THE SHINING Stephen King's finest work? You need to read the book yourself to answer that question. Certainly, one could say CHRISTINE was the greater accomplishment - in it, Mr King made the absurd totally believable (and therefore terrifying). But with THE SHINING he has made the everyday, run of the mill ghost story into one of the scariest reading experiences you could ever hope to find. Reading THE SHINING is like going on an infinite DARE-DOUBLE DARE competition with the devil. You read one chapter, and then another but then you ask yourself, one more? one more? Will i be able to cope with one more?
Go on and test yourself, then. You know you want to.
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The book itself is fantastic. Great story. Just found the print in the book was a bit too small. Book itself needs to be a bit bigger (in size) to allow for bigger print
"A master storyteller." --"Los Angeles Times"
"Scary! . . . Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace." --"The New York Times"
"This chilling novel will haunt you, and make your blood run cold and your heart race with fear." --"Nashville Banner"
"Guaranteed to frighten you into fits. . . . with a climax that is literally explosive." --"Cosmopolitan"
"The most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet." --"USA Today"
"An undisputed master of suspense and terror." --"The Washington Post"
"[King] probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"He's the author who can always make the improbable so scary you'll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door." --"The Boston Globe"
"Peerless imagination." --"The Observer" (London)
Number Of Pages: 659
Published: 26th June 2012
Dimensions (cm): 18.847 x 10.897 x 2.896
Weight (kg): 0.31