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The Shining

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The Shining

by King, Stephen

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  • Hardcover
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ISBN 10
0385121679
ISBN 13
9780385121675
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Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1977. Early BCE printing with code S22 at page 447; 1977 at copyright page. Jet black boards, gold stylized spine titles, moderate shelf wear. Deckled pages very good, no writing. White endpapers. Bind fine, square; hinges intact. Dust wrapper with moderate shelf wear, rub, discoloration, back panel closed 2" tear w/little crease; protected in new, clear sleeve. Code 1169 at back flap. Features the classic original first edition wrap-around jacket design and montage by Dave Christensen and SK at back flap in plaid b&w sport coat. Very good volume in near very good original wrapper. A benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King and his third published novel following Carrie and 'Salem's Lot. The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia. The Overlook Hotel claimed the most beautiful setting of any resort in the world, but the Torrance family saw much more than its splendor. Danny, blessed - or cursed - with a shining, precognitive gift saw visions hideously beyond the comprehension of a small boy. For Jack, Wendy, and their young son it is a place where past horrors come to life. And where those gifted with the shining do battle with the darkest evils. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to claim the very souls of the Torrance family. "YOU'RE THE CARETAKER, SIR. YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER. I SHOULD KNOW, SIR. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE... " Rare investment. 447 pages. 6" x 8 1/2" design. Printed in the U.S.A. Insured post.. First Book Club Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Christensen, Dave (Jacket Illustration). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book.

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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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

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
021762
Title
The Shining
Author
King, Stephen
Illustrator
Christensen, Dave (Jacket Illustration)
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Very Good
Jacket condition
Very Good
Edition
First Book Club Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0385121679
ISBN 13
9780385121675
Publisher
Doubleday & Company
Place of Publication
Garden City, New York
Date Published
1977
Size
8vo - over 7�" - 9�" tall
Keywords
COLORADO FICTION HORROR TORRANCE JACK
Size
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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