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  • Published: New York : Anchor Books, c2013, c1977.
  • Year Published: 1977
  • Edition: 1st Anchor Books trade pbk. ed.
  • Description: 659, 13 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 840

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780345806789
  • 0345806786


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The shining

by King, Stephen, 1947-

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Call number: Fiction / King, Stephen

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Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc., NY, in 1977.

Includes an excerpt from the sequel, Doctor sleep.

Includes two thrilling excerpts from Stephen King's sequel to The shining, Doctor Sleep.

A child with a precognitive gift sees visions of an evil awaiting his family.

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Had to read for high school English

of all things. Hated it. But I hate horror.

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This sucked me in from the first page to the last. The Shining touches on so many levels, but the central storyline is the horror of the abusive cycle. It is a story of a tyrannical father that terrorizes his family and in doing so lays the seeds for them to become tyrants themselves. This could be stopped if people addressed the issue on their own, but resisting your hard-wired tendencies is one of the most difficult things for anyone to do. Without examining their past, abused people can unwillingly transform into despots themselves. "Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters." Another perfectly written arc in this is the consequences of alcoholism and the rigid grip it can have on a person. There are few things worse than a “dry drunk,” and Jack Torrance takes the cake when it comes to weakness in the face of temptation.

Most people have heard this already, but it's worth adding that the book and the movie cannot be compared because they are two completely different stories. They’re both fantastic, but having seen the movie won’t ruin your enjoyment of the book and vice versa.

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