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The Shining

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The Shining

by King, Stephen

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Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1977 First printing of the stated first edition, first issue with the publisher’s code “R49” printed in the gutter of p. 447; in original first issue dust jacket. Basis for the 1980 Stanley Kubrick adaptation starring Jack Nicholson. Book with light rubbing to spine ends and a tiny crimp to the bottom front corner, else in fine condition; dust jacket with faint toning to spine and flap margins, faint crimping to upper spine end, very faint crease to upper front corner, and light wear to extremities, primarily at the edge of bottom spine, else fine. an exceptional copy indeed.

Synopsis

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63 ; Full Dark, No Stars ; Under the Dome ; Just After Sunset; Duma Key ; Lisey’s Story ; Cell ; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla , Song of Susannah , and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing , is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Reviews

On Feb 3 2019, a reader said:
My goodness, this book is amazing. I love the way King writes his characters and stories, and this is no exception. The Overlook is so amazing yet creepy and Jack is such an amazing character.
On Jul 13 2014, CloggieDownunder said:
The Shining is the fourth novel by popular American author, Stephen King. Unemployed professor of literature and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance takes a job as winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the mountains of Colorado. His wife, Wendy is hopeful he can conquer his demons during their half year in the mountains and get on with his writing. His five year old son, Daniel, is plagued by pre-cognitive visions that seem to be facilitated by his imaginary friend, Tony; they are often pleasant but sometimes uncomfortable and occasionally downright terrifying. When the family arrives at the Overlook, the cook, Dick Hallorann takes Daniel aside and tells him he “shines”, and gives him some welcome reassurance and advice. The Overlook hotel has links to underworld characters and has been the scene of murders, suicides and gangland-style executions. Danny senses in the Overlook a certain malevolence, a certain power, and feels the presence of past victims. After some months of almost idyllic existence, the hotel and the Torrance family are cut off from the town of Sidewinder by heavy snowfalls and impassable roads. And then the hotel begins to exert its influence on Jack and his family. Or is it just an alcoholic succumbing to cabin fever? King expertly portrays alcoholism and the descent into psychosis, and gives the reader characters of some complexity who find themselves rushing headlong into a heart-stopping climax. With Danny’s narration, King uses wordplay to highlight the ambiguity of spoken English. Readers who have seen the 1980 Kubrick movie (which departs markedly from the book and disappointed King) will picture Jack Nicholson as Torrance (despite his lack of blonde hair). King once again proves he is a master story-teller, as readers who make the effort to reread this as a prequel to Doctor Sleep will discover afresh. A bestseller that is a brilliant read.

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Details

book dealer
Idler Fine Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
022659
Title
The Shining
Author
King, Stephen
Illustrator
Dave Christensen
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Doubleday & Company
Place of Publication
Garden City
Date Published
1977
Keywords
Fiction, Classic, Macabre, Horror, Ski Resort, Literature, Isolation Disorders, Books to Movies.

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