"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 listened to this book 3 times and will listen again. Each time I hear something I didn't hear the first time. Like most of Kings books you don't know where you are going the journey is a really good one.
I loved this book! I couldn't get enough! King paints a picture of his own in your mind during this very "visual" book...I could imagine myself on Big Pink!
Some of this book was interesting, the human interest side, the art, the relationships between the characters. But when it got to the gothic stuff, I was thoroughly bored. The plot made little sense, I never understood why there was this scary creature causing all of these problems. When I was a kid, I loved Stephen King. This book doesn't hold a candle to his classics--Cujo, Carrie, Pet Semetary, The Stand. Either that, or I'm just old and jaded.
Stephen King is 100% on his game in DUMA KEY. The Perse makes an excellent metaphor for the drag of the dark side as his characters are skillfully developed. Full of twists and turns, the plot kept it all very interesting and stimulating.
This book is what I used to expect from a Stephan King novel. The last bunch he has written have been disappointing, but this one is King back at his best! I listened to this book on Holidays in Mexico, laying by the pool. What a perfect setting to listen to this book, with it's wonderful narrator! He was absolutely fantastic, and kept the players real. Loved it.
King is at his best here. The narrator is new to me but dose a 5 star reading. He molds the players in the story to life. A colorful, and well paced story with likable characters.
I wish it was longer. King really shows off his skills of story writing. Long Live the KING!
-Great Story Great Narrator
This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. I love Stephen King, and this book was one of his best. I absolutely fell in love with the narrator's voice. I loved hearing him use the Spanish words in the conversations (I don't know Spanish, but now I know a few new words).
I'm a huge Stephen King fan - but I've been so disappointed in the last few books he's written. Duma Key is back to his great writing. There are no unrealistic alien monsters in this one - just enough of the supernatural edge to keep me on the edge of my seat. The narrator really does an excellent job - so much so that I went to see what else he has narrarated. Definitely a must listen!!
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