The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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Stephen King has been for so long the master of the thick blockbuster horror paperback that it is salutary to be reminded of the quieter writer of shorter, tighter stories that he also is. His new novella could hardly be simpler--a nine-year-old girl, smart and resourceful, gets herself lost in the deep woods when she strays off the path for a moment and struggles to survive with a little food, not especially sensible clothing and a Walkman. One of the threats dogging Trisha is her imagination--she is an smart enough child to know how much trouble she is in and gradually to personify the wasps, and midges and dangerous animals, as a God of the Lost. And that imagination is also her strongest resource--she has a baseball cap signed by the Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon, which becomes her talisman. This is a story of almost pure sentiment and suspense; King has always had fascinating insight into the minds of children and a command of detail that makes him the ideal writer of certain sorts of shipwreck. The almost minimal material here--a single character, what she has on her, and deep woods--make this one of his most gripping and compulsive tales. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Vintage King (Independent on Sunday)
Moving, gripping. One of his best...A literary home run (Mirror)
Utterly compulsive, bears ample witness to King's mastery of his craft (Mail on Sunday)
King writing at his compelling best (Express on Sunday)
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The book has a very US centric feel as the baseball aspect dictates - this may put a lot of people off, but in my opinion Tom Gordon could have been just about anyone and the point of the book is not about baseball, but about a young girl trying to concentrate on something to survive. Another element of the book that does not quite work is the supernatural. Trisha drifts in and out of consciousness throughout and hallucinates - or does she? It seems to me that King felt he needed to add `horror' elements to keep with his back catalogue when the tale of a small girl lost is scary enough. The fact is that the supernatural elements of the book are the weakest. Despite my misgivings I could not help but enjoy the book as Trisha was a nice character and the single survival narrative did grip. With some added elements this could have been a great book, as it is, the book is just passable.
i LOVED it-i could actually really relate to that scared little girl in the woods (i was also a young girl when i read it so, yeah, duh). now that i'm a mamma, i can even, in some ways, relate to Trishas mother-hey, if i was in that situation, i don't know what i would do, okay? and maybe, just maybe, i would want some familiar comfort; maybe the worry would even exhaust me into sleep whether i liked it or not. i hardly think any one can comment on the realism of the events and how someone would react to those events unless that person has actually been through a similar thing, and even then everyone reacts differently.
i can understand why some people don't think this is Kings best work; it is slow at times (that's sometimes known as suspense!), the baseball is annoying (especially when you are a young english girl and have no knowledge of the game; 3 in 1 there) and it could have been written in less words, but really i don't get why people are saying King does a bad job of portraying a young girl etc....i think it worked just fine.
my mom actually told me this book was one of his more 'child-friendly' books, so maybe that is the problem.....anyway, 10 years on and it is still one of my favourite books (ever, not just by King)...i even went so far as to order a new copy a few years ago because i had lost the dust cover from my old one; i took the new dust cover, wrapped it around my old book and gave the new book to charity.
this is, in my opinion, the best King book, especially for young readers, with the exception perhaps of Rose Madder.
if i were ever stuck on a desert island, i would want this book, the Bible and a radio-pure joy (and pure terror!)
I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!
Guess what? No big surprise - when I eventually got round to reading it I found I was once again drawn into Kings world - but with a difference. Tom Gordon has structure - simplicity and above all else a satisfying conclusion.
Too many of Kings books - much as love them - seem to flounder with plot and constructive endings.He seems to love the idea of the story but seem unable to resolve it for the reader.
This is why the short story is his medium in my opinion. He can plot and write vivid desciptions and not let his pen wander.
And this book is basically a novella - it deals with one very simple idea and works on it and grows it organically.
Sure it mentions baseball but its got nothing to do with the story which at its heart is about courage - fear and overcoming the odds.
You know what its about - so I wont spoil the detail. It's Kings best read in a long time - a mature read that made me -a 36 year old man - well up and almost - i said almost shed a tear.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find Stephen Kings books to be very hit or miss and this unfortunately was the latter . I just couldn't get into the story and found it extremely boring .Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this as a teenager, and I still love it just as much now. It's a gripping story and a contains a great metaphor for adolescence.Published 3 months ago by Kayleigh Marie Edwards
This would have been better off a short story that cost 15p. A "novel" needs to have some element of entertainment and engagement and something vaguely true to its genre. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wilki