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Gerald's Game (Signet)

A book by Stephen King

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One of Stephen King's priceless gems

  • Jun 18, 2010

 The emotions that this book creates within you as you read it is pure horror at what has happened to this poor girl Jessie, the main character and sympathy for her. Jessie has a secret she has been hiding for years, that not until recently has come to surface.
 If you are already a Stephen King fan and have not read this gem, you most certainly should read this book next, it is a masterpiece. I seriously could not put this book down if I tried. I finished the entire book in two days. King grabs you by the hand, and doesn't let go until you read the last word. And even then you can't put it away in your mind. You have to sit and reflect what you have just read.
 The setting takes place in a summer cottage, that Jessie and her husband Gerald own. A place for when they want to get away from it all, a beautiful spot, but what happens there isn't beautiful at all but a complete nightmare. But this horrible nightmare brings out of Jessie a repressed memory, one she has kept a secret her whole life.
 As you come to know Jessie, and you will know her and feel her pain, you feel so much emotion for this poor girl. I felt like I went right through her painful childhood experience right along with her. Stephen King is so talented in this book it feels like you have a ringside seat to all the pain and misery that Jessie encountered.
  Personally I believe the main idea of this book is that it took a great amount of suffering and pain for Jessie to discover something about herself, and she discovered what incredible strength she had to endure what she did in the past and to what was happening to her now, she would have to use that strength to get out of the mess she was in.
  Something horrifying happened to Jessie in this getaway cabin, something that you could describe as one's worst nightmare. But the whole story of Gerald's Game is a metaphor for what happened in Jessie's life previously, the repressed memory. If Jessie had not been in the situation she was now in, she would never have remember what happened the day of the eclipse as a young girl. What I love about this book is just that, it's like reading two stories entwined in one, simultaneously, and put together brilliantly.
 Just like all books, I think there is a message inside, a moral to the story if you will. The message is for each reader, what they take from it. What I took from Gerald's Game was this, we all have a time in our life when you feel like we can't go on, maybe something too terrible has happened, and if we haven't yet, we will have this time, we need to pull  through that time in our lives with all our energies and strengths to survive.
 I am a huge fan of Stephen King's books, but even this book pulls away from the rest of his books as being the best and my most favorite of all time of his books. King touches nerves in this book. There are parts in this book that are downright brutal and unthinkable, but that in my eyes is what makes this book so good, it's like life, truthful and sometimes not what we want to see.
 Gerald's Game is probably not one of his works that will make it to the movie circuit, but there is a reason why, this book would never have the same impact on the screen as it does in written word. This is more terrifying than any horror movie monster. It's real life horror, but made up in the mind of Stephen King.
 Stephen King out did himself in this one, so what are you waiting for, if your over 18, pick this book up, you'll enter a world of imagination that will scare the living daylights out of you.


















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review by . July 21, 2003
It was an old criticism of King's work, before "Gerald's Game" and "Dolores Claiborne" were published, that he couldn't write a convincing female character between the ages of 17 and 70. Given his penchant for writing about either young girls (Carrie White, for example, or the little girl Charlie from "Firestarter") or old women, it seemed to be a valid point for a long time.This book, which is an excellent one for many reasons, seemed to be King's first direct response to that criticism. In it, …
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While this is one of the best-written stories King has ever published, it will offend many through sheer bad taste. Jessie and Gerald Burlingame have been married for 20 years. Kinky sex is Gerald's game; lately he has taken to handcuffing his wife to the bedposts. During one such session, via a series of bizarre circumstances, Jessie accidentally kills her husband, and for the next 28 hours she is trapped. King effectively uses this tragicomic conceit to take us deep into the mind of "Goodwife Burlingame."sic For the first third of the book he is at the top of his form, creating in Jessie one of his most intense character studies. Then, Jessie's ruminations lead her to remember a long-repressed episode of incest that is startling not because it becomes a central element of the plot, but because the details of the sexual relationship between father and daughter are salaciously--and lengthily--described. The gory stuff--how Jessie escapes her handcuffs, for example--is prime King, but this is subsumed in the book's general tastelessness. A lame wrap-up to what might have been a thrilling short story only further compromises the enjoyment readers might have found in this surprisingly exploitative work. 1.5 million first printing; $750,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0451176464
ISBN-13: 978-0451176462
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Signet

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