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Duma Key: A Novel | [Stephen King]

Duma Key: A Novel

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.
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A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else:

"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch."
"Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night."

Edgar leaves for Duma Key, an eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico calls out to him, and Edgar draws. Once he meets Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman with roots tangled deep in Duma Key, Edgar begins to paint, sometimes feverishly; many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory, and the nature of the supernatural: Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.

©2008 Stephen King; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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    Kenny Wasilla, AK, USA 04-02-09
    Kenny Wasilla, AK, USA 04-02-09
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    "High Expectation"

    I was expecting this book to be very good, but it turned out to be a disappointment. It's full of negativity. I only got about a third of the way through before I had to give it up. I kept expecting it to take off, but it dragged on until I lost all interest.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 02-05-08
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 02-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Not the King He Once Was"

    I wanted to enjoy this heavily promoted book much more than I did. The entire story felt flat to my ears and uninspired. I finished the audio book out of sheer force of will and determination. In a word I hated it.

    Sadly, my expectations based on past King works are sky high. I truly am a devoted King enthusiast. Mr. King will always be a favorite of mine and I will continue to read everything he writes. I am thankful he survived his accident and happy that there is potential for another great King novel. This one is not it.

    P.S. Why reincarnate the Freemantle name for no apparent reason? This could have been a cool prequel to The Stand.

    9 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 05-04-09
    Paul 05-04-09 Member Since 2007

    always looking for my next 'driveway' book

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    "Ex reader/writing, SLOW pace & BIZARRE"

    Fantasy/horror fans will probably eat this up like free ketchup at rotten Ronnies. All other fans of "meaty" authors like Ken Follet, Jeffrey Archer, Michael Connelly, and my fave Trevanian STAY AWAY!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Wauwatosa, WI, USA 02-19-09
    Stephen Wauwatosa, WI, USA 02-19-09
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    "Best Audio book ever"

    I read a lot, but never Stephen King. Yet I found Duma Key to be a perfect long audio book. Dosen't have many characters and the story itself is single faceted, both factors needed for a long long book.

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    Gary Morrisville, PA, United States 11-14-08
    Gary Morrisville, PA, United States 11-14-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A King Fan"

    I've been a King fan almost since he was first published. I've read all of his books, but I have to say this is probably his best work yet. While listening to it, I actually had chills run up and down my spine! AWESOME.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Sarasota, FL, USA 06-29-08
    John Sarasota, FL, USA 06-29-08
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    "Too Protracted, Too Many F Words"

    This isn't our favorite genre, but Stephen King himself, as well his fictional Duma Key are seasonal neighbors of ours, so we couldn't wait to spot references to local spots and personalities. Our ears were offended by potty mouths of all characters, and the "F" word often used repeatedly in the same sentence, even in affectionate exchanges between father and college age daughter. She's engaged to a divinity student. Give me a break!

    Also, the protagonist's lengthy descriptions of his pain, symptoms, treatment, and medications following a grievous accident could have been greatly condensed. Yes, his injuries are key. But too much belly-aching puts off the trademark King creepiness and horror way too long. Perhaps an abridged version would remedy this problem.

    I guess true fans will love this one. But I think the movie will at least be more scenic, because this place really is paradise, even with Stepen King's house on the secluded north end of one of our islands.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Holley st louis, MO, United States 02-16-08
    Holley st louis, MO, United States 02-16-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Must be missing something"

    I rely on the point of view of others,but in this case, I am in the minority. I found the first half of the book at least interesting,the rest incomprehensible.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne New York, NY, United States 07-25-09
    suzanne New York, NY, United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I tried"

    I really tried to finish this book, but it was way too slow and boring for me.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel PragueCzech Republic 06-26-09
    Daniel PragueCzech Republic 06-26-09
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    "The slowest start ever"

    If you skip the first half it is a great book. Stephen King was always a slow starter but in this book I was not able to concentrate for long hours. The second half is King in his best.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    04-11-08
    04-11-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Thank God It's Over Muchacho!"

    Unfortunately, I purchased AND listened to the entire book. I really can't believe all the great reviews this received.

    Half of the book was quotes from various people and personalities, a quarter was horrible cliches, and the other quarter was Wireman calling Edgar "Muchacho". I swear, that word...Muchacho...makes you want to pull your hair out when you've heard it several hundred times.

    Don't waste your money or credits on this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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