"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.
I have to be honest, I had to listen to the first part of the book a few times before I thought I knew what was going on. After I finished the book, I went back to the beginning and it then made all the sense in the world. So after that statement - the book was a great read, and I was sorry when it ended.
I'm a big fan of Stephen King and he and I have spent many hours together over the years. I consider him a literary genius and a true American treasure; "Duma Key" proves that I'm right. This book has it all: engaging characters, beautifully drawn locations, great timing, a masterful story that unpeels like an onion and like that onion, even made me cry! Get this book and travel with Stephen King to Duma Key. It's a trip of a lifetime!
I've never been a "super-fan" of King's books but have always enjoyed them. He is certainly a master of creating characters you can totally relate to and come to love - in fact they often seem to come alive. For me, a story is nothing if I don't care about the characters. He then takes those characters and puts them into a torrent of bizarre/supernatural activity.
This book is no different. In fact, for me it has a lot of similarities to "Bag of Bones" which I completely loved. While I don't think this one was quite as good overall, it's right up there.
Definitely get it and give it a listen.
Excellent story that again shows what a superb writer Stephen King is. Enjoyed to the last page.
An outstanding read! Once you start listening you become enthralled with the characters and the imagination of the author. Best listen since the Dark Tower series.
After he gets you to know and really like the characters, Mr. King then begins the fun! At first we thought this was a new turn for the great Mr. King but his true colors soon began to show! Relax and enjoy as the two stories become one!
This is the first Stephen King I have read or listened to. The reader of this novel was wonderful and, even though I had to re-visit some of the more difficult to understand parts, I totally got it and marvel at King's story telling ability. I will be reading more of his books.
After a somewhat disappointing effort with Cel it is good to see Stephen King back to his his former form. Maybe he needed this book to exorcise his demons from the auto accident he had a while back. Duma Key had interesting characters and a good story leading up to the usual supernatural twists expected of Stephen King. For as long as it was it flows well and keeps you interested right up to the end.
Okay, so the book started kind of slow and I wasn't really sure what had happened to Mr. King. I hadn't heard anything about the book before getting it, so I thought maybe a new outlook on writing was in the offing. And then, it hit. The King mystique that does it all with just a hint and let's you do the imagination part. Much better than some of his recent efforts that try to shock it to you.
I think there were a lot of people who mourned the potential retirement of Stephen King, and initially, I wasn't one of them. Then I uncovered my own fascination with "The Tower" and all things associated with it. Now, as I've ventured to listen or read his non-Tower works, I find there's a brilliance and color to them all, and indeed, sometimes, even a little sweetness and light. But, just a little. Duma Key has pieces of it, but only enough to shatter your heart into bits of glass. It's astonishingly good, and while it's not the audio equivalent of a page turner, I found myself not wanting to turn my ipod off. To me, this is one of the best audio versions of King since perhaps The Talisman or Black House. I'd like to think that if a Dark Tower 8 ever comes that old man Wireman might make an appearance, somehow, or that maybe Libbet joins the cast in some way, or Edgar brings the chum, the friend, with him and sits at the right hand of Roland. In fact, there's a little ka-tet in here, just not referred by name, but the concept is there, and implemented well. Not his absolute pinnacle, but man, am I glad that King is still writing, still scratching the itch and unable to put the typewriter away.
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