This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides-or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail-and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.
In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript. Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety.
The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition includes more than 500 pages of material deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic.
For the hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.
About the Author
Few authors have tapped into our secret fears as adeptly as Stephen King, Master of the Macabre and one of the most widely read novelists writing today. With his trademark blend of fantasy, horror, and psychological suspense, this prolific and immensely popular contemporary writer continues to remind us that evil is still a potent force in the world.
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This was and is my all-time favorite book by Stephen King. It gets you thinking, especially if you assume you are one of the survivors after 98% of the world population are killed off by a virus. It has influenced me and my professional choices. I could save your life if I had to, because I figured if I survive the something like that, I better know how to help. I don't know that I would have made the same choices otherwise. I might be an accountant (they all die). Anyways, if you're looking to fill a beach vacation or long cold winter nights with some suspenseful reading, this book is your choice.
"A master storyteller."--"Los Angeles Times" "["The Stand"] has everything. Adventure. Roman. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!"--"The New York Times Book Review" "As brilliant a dark dream as has ever been dreamed in this century."--"Palm Beach Post"
Number Of Pages: 1200
Published: 28th June 2011
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 11.6 x 5.4
Weight (kg): 0.62