Lisey's Story Paperback – 12 Jul 2007
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'Popular novelist Dickens is an apt comparison - stands among the best things that this formidable writer has done' (Sam Leith, Saturday Telegraph)
'Thrilling, genuinely terrifying, beautifully textured and full of wonderful invention' (Daily Mail)
'Stephen King's career-best novel, LISEY'S STORY, a psychological thriller of extraordinary sensitivity that takes the reader deep into the dark places in us all' (Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday)
'Up there with his finest ... Please don't ever give up writing, Stephen King' (Evening Standard)
'King is the greatest popular novelist of our day, comparable to Dickens - and one of the reasons for his pre-eminence is that (like Dickens) he keeps his readers with him all the time...A consummate and compassionate novel - one of King's very best' (Toby Litt, Guardian)
A wondrous novel of marriage, a love story steeped in strength and tenderness, and cast with the most vivid, touching and believable characters in recent literature . . . A dazzling novel that you'll thank yourself for reading long after the final page is turned. (Nicholas Sparks)
Accomplished . . . unputdownable . . . his mesmerising best (Observer on BAG OF BONES)
An incredibly gifted storyteller (Guardian)
'Contains some of the most powerful and affecting passages that King has ever written' (Barry Forshaw, Daily Express)
The true narrative artist is a rare creature. Storytelling - the ability to make the listener or the reader need to know, demand to know, what happens next - is a gift...Stephen King, like Charles Dickens before him, has this gift in spades. (The Times on CELL)
King has that rare skill of making you believe it could happen (Sydney Morning Herald on CELL)
Gory, extremely entertaining and with a plot to imagine oneself in, this is another winner from the cellphone-avoiding horror master (Daily News, New Zealand on CELL)
A cracking good story with a sting in its tale (Herald Sun, Australia)
This is a roller-coaster ride that will thrill many (Sydney Morning Herald)
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The title Lisey's Story is telling. As in Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca the character who drives the plot, horror novelist Scott Landon, is dead, and the true hero is his widow Lisey, who must escape the legacy of her husband's art. He drew his inspiration literally from another world. One haunted by a terrifying entity. There's also a human antagonist in the shape of an obsessed fan seeking Scott's papers, who's effective because he isn't overused.
I guess one could argue that the book is too long. I think at one point it spends over ten pages, dotted with lengthy flashbacks, covering what can't be more than several seconds in the main story. But unlike other King stories the length didn't bother me because everything written in some way contributes to a better understanding of either the characters or the plot. Lisey and her sisters are well-rounded, realistic people. Scott seems like a profoundly tortured soul who just wanted to love his wife and saw writing as necessary bloodletting.
This in my opinion is one of King's most mature, poetic horror novels, putting him on a par with the greatest storytellers history has known.
After a mildly disappointing recent effort by his own standards with this years earlier novel "The Cell" King was being overshadowed by the likes of Scott Smith, James Herbert and Cormac McCarthy. But now he's back to show everyone who exactly who does it best. Lisey's Story has a great many of the attributes a true fan of SK would associate with his work. There's the character Scott Landon who just happens to be an author for starters!
Anyway the story follows Lisey who was the great love of Scott Landon's life before his passing two years before the book begins. Well with Scott six feet under and Lisey all alone and mourning, along comes one of King's truly evil characters in the shape of Jimmy Dooley. Anxious to get his hands on Scott's unpublished works, this man will stop at nothing. King has brought wonderful dialogue, tension, suspense and all of the trademarks from his best work to the table in Lisey's Story. Essentially a fairly uncomplex storyline, the book's strength lies as always in the immense investment the author puts into his characters. Lisey's sister Amanda talking to her in the voice of her dead husband is a delightful intricacy for example. Every single one of the characters (no matter how minor they may seem at first) is multi-layered. Every line of dialogue is carefully fashioned, and every narrative paints a picture the reader can't fail to visualise in their minds eye. There have been many of Stephen King's books of late that have been referred to as a return to form. Personally I don't think he ever really lost it.Read more ›
The story is told as two narrative threads - firstly, in the present day, secondly as a series of memories from the heroine of the story - Lisey Landon, wife of the deceased author Scott Landon. Scott Landon who had troubles of his own - many of which seem to mirror King in real life.
Ultimately, however, one starts to care about the characters, and age and near-death has certainly not dulled King's ability to describe the minutiae of life in such absorbing detail. By the end of the story, the characters - and the portrayal of the twenty-five year marriage - between Scott and Lisey seemed real, and the feelings - although not the events - described could mirror any long marriage.
There are also enough references to others of Kings works to keep the hardened fan happy. Deputies Ridgewick and Clutterbuck from Needful Things make appearances, the Territories are never far away, and there's also mention of a little place called Shooters Knob, Tennessee.
If there is a downside - and why I haven't given five stars for this review - it is because there is nothing entirely new here. There are shades of Rose Madder, The Talisman and at least one of the stories in Four Past Midnight... but King, at his literary best, is still the best around. Despite his so-called retirement after his near-fatal accident, King seems as prolific as ever and, with other books apparently in the pipeline, I hope that they are as enjoyable as this.
Everyone's approach evolves as they get older and I think that Stephen King's more recent and undeniably somewhat rambling novels such as Dreamcatcher and Insomnia are amongst the best he has written, particularly Dreamcatcher, which I often think about despite having read it years ago (the mark of a good book). Lisey's Story is in a similar vein. I don't like fantasy novels and I often feel a slight regret for Mr King's tendency to go wandering off into alternative universes but in this novel Booya Moon can almost be be viewed not as a real place but as a symbol for the safe place we have inside us, the reserve of inner strength that stops us from going mad in difficult situations and the protection that we provide for those closest to us. Someone on here stated that they wondered whether this novel was a thinly veiled apology to Tabitha King and on reading the book I felt it hard to believe that it wasn't at some level about the Kings relationship - to me that made it more interesting still. I suppose Stephen King has attracted his fair share of incunks through the years and it is interesting to acquire some understanding, although heavily diluted, into what he might make of it all. Interviewers always ask authors the hackneyed favourite "where do you get your ideas from?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is one of the most sensitive book from the writer. This book is all about the love and lost. I find this book really amazing and beautiful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janos Fejes
I adored this book. I have read and reread several times and the enjoyment never fails. I keep picking up on bits that didn't seem as significant from previous reads. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlotte Craigie
Well worth the read, another fantastic book by my favourite author, would recommend to any steven king fan. Can't wait to read my next choicePublished 2 months ago by Miss K A Webb
After what seemed an eternity of 'farming', I finally ploughed to the end of the this novel. So much redundancy and unnecessary ramblings of characters and what was going on in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Herbert
This is the first time I've written a review on amazon but I felt I had to help fix the balance of reviews regarding this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Parker
Oh dear, oh dear. Reading this on my Kindle, I ploughed through 18% of the book and got nowhere.
Basically, the husband of Lisey (rhymes with CeeCee according to SK)... Read more
Lisey’s Story was the final book that I picked up during my Dyslexia Action charity readathon – in fact, I started it in the last hour, after I’d already been reading for 23 hours. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com