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Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mum is impoverished and so bitter that she barely loves him. King is as good as Spielberg or Steven Millhauser at depicting an enchanted kid's-eye view of the world, and his Harwich is realistically luminous to the tiniest detail: kids bashing caps with a smoke-blackened rock; a car grille "like the sneery mouth of a chrome catfish"; a Wild Mouse carnival ride that makes kids "simultaneously sure they were going to live forever and die immediately."
Bobby's mum takes in a lodger, Ted Brautigan, who turns the boy on to great books such as Lord of the Flies. Unfortunately, Ted is being hunted by yellow-jacketed men--monsters from King's Dark Tower novels who take over the shady part of town. They close in on Ted and Bobby, just as a gang of older kids menace Bobby and his girlfriend, Carol. This pointedly echoes the theme of Lord of the Flies (the one book King says he wishes he'd written): war is the human condition. Ted's mind-reading powers rub off a bit on Bobby, granting nightmare glimpses of his mum's assault by her rich, vile, jaunty boss. King packs plenty into 250 pages, using the same trick Bobby discerns in the film Village of the Damned: "The people seemed like real people, which made the make-believe parts scarier."
Vietnam is the otherworldly horror that haunts the remaining four stories. In the title tale, set in 1966, University of Maine college kids play the card game Hearts so obsessively they risk flunking out and getting drafted. The kids discover sex, rock and politics, become war heroes and victims, and spend the '80s and '90s shell-shocked by change. The characters and stories are criss-crossed with connections that sometimes click and sometimes clunk. The most intense Hearts player, Ronnie Malenfant ("evil infant"), perpetrates a My Lai-like atrocity; a nice Harwich girl becomes a radical bomber. King's metaphor for lost '60s innocence is inspired by Donovan's "sweet and stupid" song about the sunken continent, and his stories hail the vanished Atlantis of his youth with deep sweetness and melancholy intelligence. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Accomplished...unputdownable...his mesmerising best (Robert McCrum, OBSERVER on BAG OF BONES)
'Astonishingly good...honourable, deeply felt and almost wonderful' - Independent
'One of the most impressive books of fiction published this year' - Locus
An incredibly gifted writer, whose writing, like Truman Capote's, is so fluid that you often forget that you're reading (GUARDIAN)
'Page after page, a truly mature King does everything right and deserves some kind of literary rosette. His masterpiece.' - KIRKUS REVIEWS
Splendid entertainment...Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers (Frances Fyfield, EXPRESS)
As a storyteller King is unbeatable (MIRROR)
'Seductive...artful tales...the title story rivals his best work' - Publishers Weekly
'King just gets better! ...this is much more than just another shocker' - Cosmopolitan
Will make perfect holiday reading (DAILY MAIL)
Gripping...no King fan will walk away unsatisfied (THE TIMES)
'A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile story-tellers of the modern novel...brilliantly done' Marcel Berlins, The Sunday Times
Fans of King will find themselves on pleasingly familiar ground here; newcomers (if there are still any left) will find BAG OF BONES as good a place to start as any (SUNDAY TIMES)
Confident, seamlessly accomplished (Jonathan Keates, OBSERVER)
It chills as it creaks as it reads (MAIL ON SUNDAY) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Intriguing novel, Stephen King draws you right into the story, and the three stories are very cleverly combined. I loved it!Published 1 month ago by shirls
Fantastic writing by Stephen King! 3rd time I've read this book (already got it in paperback but needed it on the Kindle for holiday).Published 1 month ago by Miss A N Green
The firstStephen King short stories I have read. I am enjoying it but not my favourite I think I prefer to get lost in a long read which holds your attention.Published 5 months ago by Ann. J. Inwood
Stunning every little excerpt had the memories rushing back, although I,d never come across any
Burlington Ontario from 1965 to 1970
Even though I've read some of this book in Stephen king goes to the movies I still enjoyed reading it I especially liked the end when it described what happened to all the kids... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book really enjoyed the beginning also hands up to you stephen king your books are amazing xxxxxxPublished 12 months ago by kayleigh hayes