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Duma Key [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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Book Description

When Edgar Freemantle moves to Duma Key to escape his past, he doesn't expect to find much there. But Duma Key and its mysteries have been waiting for him. The shells beneath his house are whispering to him, and something in the view from his window urges him to discover a talent he never knew he had. Edgar Freemantle begins to paint. Even though he has lost an arm. And the hand he uses is the one he lost ...

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King has become such a sophisticated writer that this novel is never less than page-turning. (Independent on Sunday on DUMA KEY)

a relentless tidal pull (New York Times)

The true narrative artist is a rare creature. Storytelling - the ability to make the listener or the reader need to know, demand to know, what happens next - is a gift...Stephen King, like Charles Dickens before him, has this gift in spades. (The Times on CELL)

King is the greatest popular novelist of our day. (Guardian)


'King has become such a sophisticated writer that this novel is never less than page-turning.' -- Independent on Sunday on DUMA KEY 'a relentless tidal pull' -- New York Times 'The true narrative artist is a rare creature. Storytelling - the ability to make the listener or the reader need to know, demand to know, what happens next - is a gift...Stephen King, like Charles Dickens before him, has this gift in spades.' -- The Times on CELL 'King is the greatest popular novelist of our day.' -- Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1488 KB
  • Print Length: 633 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340978031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340978030
  • ASIN: B003BKZW90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does short = sweet? 17 Nov. 2008
First up: I'm a huge Stephen King fan and have read pretty much everything he's ever written (yes, including the sprawling, genre-defying Dark Tower series) and have weathered the great and not-so-great works he's produced over the years.

So how does Duma Key compare?

If you're looking for the gory, Hammer-style horror of Salem's Lot or the epic scale of The Stand, then I'm going to hazard a guess that this book won't be for you. The Stephen King of today (as opposed to 20/30 years ago) is a much more subtle author - gone are the breakneck, rollercoaster, breathless confrontations and instead comes a more low-key sense of fear and menace. Duma Key isn't a short book, as several other reviewers have taken pains to point out, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There's much to be appreciated and savoured here from a writer who has the experience and the craft to write a great story... it just might not be the one you were expecting.

Duma Key refers to a small island in the Florida Keys where the main character, Edgar Freemantle, hides himself away for physical and spiritual rehabilitation after a horrific accident on a building job which leaves him scarred and missing his right arm. His wife wants to divorce him, he's angry all the time, and his broken body feels like it belongs to someone else. His recovery is slow but helped by the sea and tranquility at Big Pink, the salmon-coloured artist's hideaway he's renting from the mysterious Elizabeth Eastlake, a very elderly and reclusive woman who owns half the island. Doesn't sound like much, does it? But be patient, because this book has atmosphere in spades.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duma Key 15 Feb. 2013
Stephen King is an author I left alone for a good few years, but read his 'Under the Dome' just after Christmas, and picked this one off my shelf a couple of weeks ago. It is not his longest novel, but it is one of his best, I think. I like the way he builds character and, and his handling of the growing relationship between Edgar and Wireman was particularly well done. If I have a criticism, it is a tiny one, in that I think he could have developed Jack a tad more.

However, it is a slow paced novel, but that seemed to be entirely in keeping with the themes which he was exploring, the nature of recovery, and the way our minds think and how we interact with other people and also the situations we find ourselves in.

It could be argued that this is derivative, as one of the reviews I read did, but I don't think that is the point. It is not always what you write about, but how you do it, and I feel that King does it better than many other authors about at the moment.

Read, enjoy. I found it worth the time, as I have been glued to the bed until I finished it - always a good sign, ha ha.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well, ends... less well, 14 Sept. 2011
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Edgar Freemantle, a successful building contractor, suffers terrible injuries in a site accident. In order to recover from his hurts, mental and physical, he relocates to a small island off the coast of Florida where he spends his days painting beautiful Mexican Gulf sunsets. But, as his works become disturbingly surreal, he begins to wonder whether his new-found talent comes from within or without.

I have noted elsewhere that King's prodigious output can cover a lot of bases; his novels swinging from conventional horror to conventional thriller and all points betweeen. In Duma Key we have what appears to be (more on that later) a rather fine psychological horror with just a dash of the supernatural thrown in to add some spice. All is well: King has been doing this sort of thing very nicely since beginning; The Shining being the first (probably - I don't think that Carrie qualifies for the "psychological" classification).

It is classic King: a cleanly written, voluminous page-turner; lots (and lots) of extraneous detail that builds a rich environment and drags the reader deep into the story; plenty of clearly visualised, interesting and likeable characters and a liberal salting of folksy American charm. Literature? King has been treated rather nastily by some critics who compare his work, unfavourably, to the "penny dreadfuls" of another age. That sounds like pure snobbery to me and I rather like the argument made by Orson Scott Card that 'King's work most definitely is literature, because it was written to be published and is read with admiration. What (King's critics) really mean is that it is not the literature preferred by the academic-literary elite.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just wonderful... 29 Jan. 2008
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and I write as one who also thought King had lost his way (as did |Heinlein, as the years wore on). I hated Dreamcatcher, quite liked Cell.. but the end of the Dark Tower series really left me flat. Oh, and Lisey's Story wasn't terribly good. But Dura Key was wonderful... his style of writing which, if we are all honest, keeps us reading the stories which aren't so good... paid off again. I can't remember a book which last pulled me in so much and, for me, he has combined his storytelling ability (hard to surpass) with a bit of the old 'supernatural' King. In my view, his ability to tell a story has never diminished; but his later stories have been less than gripping in spite of that. Duma Key is just wonderful; his prose and lyrical storytelling is A1. I truly hope they never attempt to make a film of this book.
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