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The Shining Paperback – 1 Jul 1982

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (1 July 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450040186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450040184
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (583 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghostly bursts of plaster dust. A low, rhythmic sound in the background: Red rum-RED RUM-red rum-RED RUM. A sense of something evil swirling inward on itself, like a whirlpool of black ectoplasmic energy. The experience of being inside the actual consciousness ("come out and take your medicine!") of a frightened little boy. Echoes of Shirley Jackson ("whatever walked there, walked alone"), of Poe's Masque of the Red Death and of creepy folk tales (Hansel and Gretel).

How do we love The Shining? Let us count the ways. In 1977, The Shining was the first widely read novel to confront alcoholism and child abuse in baby-boomer families--especially the way alcoholism, a will toward failure in one's work, and abusing one's kids are passed down from generation to generation. The heart of the book is not an evil hotel but a pair of father-son relationships: Jack and his father, Jack and his son. This was both daring and insightful for its time, long before "dysfunctional family" was a cliché.

The Shining was written in a frenzy. Stephen King imagined the whole novel in his head while sitting up all night in the dark, in the very Colorado hotel where the story takes place. He then transcribed it (that's how he puts it) in a burst of sustained energy. He could pull that off because, even at that early point in his career, King had figured out a successful way of structuring a popular novel. The speed of its composition gives the writing a powerful flow that sweeps you along past the awkward wording.

The Shining is one of those rare novels that can burn its images--such as Room 217--into your brain. Time alone will tell, but The Shining may well turn out to be one of the best horror novels ever written. By the way, you know that film starring Jack Nicholson? Stephen King says, "I have my days when I think I gave Kubrick a live grenade on which he heroically threw his body." --Fiona Webster

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Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years (Peter Straub)

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

You had better not read it alone (Mirror)

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One of the novels on which Stephen King's reputation and some would argue his legacy rest on. The classic Gothic troupe of a family trapped in the desolate Overlook Hotel during the winter season becomes a nightmare for the Torrance family as the hotels past returns to haunt them. There are some obvious Freudian elements in The Shining, the repressed past returning, the Oedipus complex between Danny and Jack as the traditional image of a young woman being chased by some evil entity is replaced by a father and son battle in the corridors of the Overlook Hotel. And of course there are some disturbing and terrifying scenes as you would expect from King. A Great Gothic novel.
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After years of planning to read The Shining, I finally got around to it and it was definitely worth the wait. Stephen King is a master storyteller and all his other books I've read have been fantastic, The Shining is just the same. I had times when I wanted to hide because it that scary. If you liked this book, I'd definitely suggest reading Doctor Sleep (which I some how read before this) but it's another great story of Danny and where his life takes him.
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One of the most exciting books I have ever read. I couldn't sleep for two days but not because of fear. I was so excited about what was going to happen in the end that I was not able to relax until I finished. I'm not a native speaker yet Stephen King is quite easy to read even after a tiring workday. I'm planing to read the sequel 'Doctor Sleep' as well (sorry about the spoiler; a sequel presupposes that not all will die in The Shining).
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This is one of my favourite Stephen King novels. It has genuine scary moments in it and surrealism. There's also a detailed and painful portrayal of Jack Torrance being slowly taken over by the hotel ghosts/spirits.
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If I'm ever asked to name a book that can scare me, this is the one that comes first to mind. I'd seen the film first, yet somehow that didn't ruin the scares I got from reading this. I can fully understand why Joey in friends used to have to put the book in the freezer!
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I read this having seen the film and loved it.

The core elements of the story ring true in both the film and book but they both exist in their own right.

If you liked the film read the book.
If you liked the book watch the film.

You won't be disappointed with either one.
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I'd seen the film many years ago and loved it but the book is brilliantly written and I'd go as far as to say it's better than the film (like most books). It's definitely worth a read. It's the first Stephen King novel I've read and I'm so glad I did. I will now be reading alot more of his books.
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I've seen the film a few times but the book is even better! There are some moments where I was scared out of my wits!
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