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The Magnificent Seven, Anyone?,
This review is from: The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla: Wolves of the Calla v. 5 (Paperback)
For me, 'Wizard and Glass' represents the pinnacle of the Dark Tower series. I eagerly awaited the publication of 'Wolves of the Calla' after reading 'Wizard and Glass', and was unfortunately disappointed when I finally came to read it.
The book is little more than an allegory of 'The Magnificent Seven', and unashamedly makes several references to that fact. The town that the gunslingers help save is called Calla Bryn Sturgis - Bryn as in Yul Brynner, who plays Chris in 'The Magnificent Seven', and Sturgis as in John Sturges, who directed the film.
This in itself is not a criticism, as many writers have produced extremely good books that are allegorical in nature; George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' and CS Lewis's 'Chronicles of Narnia' are the first that immediately spring to mind. But 'The Magnificent Seven' was itself an allegory of a Japanese story, and was later allegoried in 'The Seven Samurai'. You kind of get sick of allegory after a while.
Nineteen is something else you get sick of, and coincidence. King tries to push the coincidence thing, trying to make the reader feel like he is following a predetermined path and instil a sense of fate and destiny - ka, if you will - into the narrative. What he succeeds in doing is repeating himself. A lot. So much it almost begs for parody.
Next, the reference to 'Salem's Lot' is unjustifiable. He immediately implies that with Callahan being apparently fictional, then he - Mr King himself - is a character in his book. Bad idea, and a big disappointment.
Despite its flaws, it is well-written, and does just enough to keep you interested in what will happen when Roland finally does reach the Dark Tower. However, it could have been better.