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The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition) [Paperback]

Stephen King
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Amazon Review

In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookshops and beg them not to buy it.

The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.

"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke."

There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. --Fiona Webster

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A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel (The Sunday Times)

His work...plumbs, with unnerving accuracy, the hopes and fears of an entire nation (Observer)

As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class (The Times)

Book Description

Regarded by many as King's greatest early novel - as voted in 2003 as one of nation's best loved novels in the BBC BIG READ campaign.

About the Author

Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than thirty books of which the most recent are DREAMCATCHER, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL and FROM A BUICK 8. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.
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