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The Shining (French) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Editions 84 (1 July 2006)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2290308439
  • ISBN-13: 978-2290308431
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,306,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shari Last on 8 May 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's a reason why Joey from Friends needed to keep The Shining in his freezer. This is one hell of a scary book! Stephen King, author of The Green Mile, It and The Shawshank Redemption takes the reader into the mind of Jack Torrance as he moves into the Overlook Hotel for the long Colorado winter.
Strange things start happening and Jack descends slowly into madness. Jack's small son has a gift. He can "shine". This means that he can connect with other things which also have the ability to "shine" and can thus understand things. The book delves into the minds of both Jack and his son as they perceive and think disturbing things. In a creepy hotel, with a creepy dad, terrifying events start to take place, escalating to the most fearsome and heart-stopping climax.
The book is even more horrifying than Kubrick's film version. King's talent is to understand the fears of human beings, and he can put these into his writing. He combines childlike innocence with the supernatural and the grotesque to tell the best ghost story of all time. Don't read it alone...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love Halloween! on 17 Mar. 2006
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King doing what he does best.
Taking a beautiful location and a bunch of ordinary people and dipping them in red paint.
Follow Jack Torrence, his wife Wendy and son Danny as they prepare to spend a lonely winter caretaking at a rustic hotel high up in the mountains.
The son has a gift, he can see things, he can speak with his mind, this is what an oldtimer cook at the hotel calls, 'Shining'.
The hotel fairly shivers with aniticipation of such talent, the power of the sons talent would lend its horrible past fresh power, it would be able to manifest and live more freely if the child were to die there.
Brrr.
The hotel sets about making Jack think ill of his wife and 'wayward' son and advises he should correct them, his former bartender and the previous hotel caretaker, (who previously killed himself there), coach him until he snaps mentally.
He becomes ready to kill in order to permanently become part of the hotel and believes this what the hotel management wants, him. It is his son they really want.
Danny is such a young a lonely character, through his ability he knows his dad is going insane, he knows what the hotels trying to do, he knows his mum is begining to live in fear that her husband in drinking again even though there is no beer available and she knows they didn't bring any as he is a recovering drunk.
Many things are here in this book that both the film and tv serial missed.
Both good in their own right granted but for the full mental imagery, to see in all the dark corners of the Overlook you need to read it.
It is still the most powerful medium.
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I got 'The Shining' for Xmas and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down (despite the number of months it took me due to coursework).

I saw the film first and I was intrigued by the book and wondered if it would differ from the film. Don't get me wrong - the film is great but the novel's got more depth. Where the film explored the Torrance family's days in the Overlook Hotel and Jack's downward spiral into madness, Stephen King took out each of the characters and described their lives before they came to The Overlook and what happened to them in the past. King also focuses his attention on Danny, whom this novel is mainly about, and describes his struggles of coming to terms with his 'shine'.

The book also leaves some unanswered questions like were there really ghosts in the Overlook Hotel or was Jack just going mad?

Although the book does have a few scary parts in the beginning and middle, the real horror doesn't come until the end and you will be absolutely terrified and on the edge of your seat.

I'd also like to add that in this book, Jack Torrance does NOT say "Here's Johnny!" when he's trying to get through the door.

Prepare yourself because this book is very scary!
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By Shari Last on 9 May 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's a reason why Joey from Friends needed to keep The Shining in his freezer. This is one hell of a scary book! Stephen King, author of The Green Mile, It and The Shawshank Redemption takes the reader into the mind of Jack Torrance as he moves into the Overlook Hotel for the long Colorado winter.
Strange things start happening and Jack descends slowly into madness. Jack's small son has a gift. He can "shine". This means that he can connect with other things which also have the ability to "shine" and can thus understand things. The book delves into the minds of both Jack and his son as they perceive and think disturbing things. In a creepy hotel, with a creepy dad, terrifying events start to take place, escalating to the most fearsome and heart-stopping climax.
The book is even more horrifying than Kubrick's film version. King's talent is to understand the fears of human beings, and he can put these into his writing. He combines childlike innocence with the supernatural and the grotesque to tell the best ghost story of all time. Don't read it alone...
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