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Hearts In Atlantis

A book by Stephen King

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Diverse and different and ultimately entertaining

  • Sep 16, 1999
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+5
This is a great book - there are enough creepy bits for those of us who like Mr King being spooky, and there is also great straight story telling for those of us who like Mr King's short stories ("Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" springs to mind). The stories all have common ties, and the ending is marvellous, even poignant. A thoroughly entertaining read, and a valued addition to my library.

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Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mom is impoverished, and so bitter that she barely loves him. King is as good as Spielberg orSteven Millhauserat depicting an enchanted kid's-eye view of the world, and his Harwich is realistically luminous to the tiniest detail: kids bashing caps with a smoke-blackened rock, a car grille "like the sneery mouth of a chrome catfish," a Wild Mouse carnival ride that makes kids "simultaneously sure they were going to live forever and die immediately."

Bobby's mom takes in a lodger, Ted Brautigan, who turns the boy on to great books like Lord of the Flies. Unfortunately, Ted is being hunted by yellow-jacketed men--monsters from King's Dark Tower novels who take over the shady part of town. They close in on Ted and Bobby, just as a gang of older kids menace Bobby and his girlfriend, Carol. This pointedly echoes the theme of Lord of the Flies (the one book King says he wishes he'd written): war is the human condition. Ted's mind-reading powers rub off a bit on Bobby, granting nightmare glimpses of his mom's assault by her rich, vile, jaunty boss. King packs plenty into 250 pages, using the same trick Bobby discerns in the film Village of the Damned: "The people seemed like real people, which made the make-believe parts scarier."

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ISBN-10: 0684853515
ISBN-13: 978-0684853512
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Scribner
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