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Perhaps King's most personal and powerful story ever, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.
"In Lisey's Story, Stephen King makes bold, brilliant use of his satanic storytelling gift, his angelic ear for language, and above all his incomparable ability to find the epic in the ordinary." (Michael Chabon)
"Lisey's Story is bright and brilliant. It's dark and desperate. While I'll always consider The Shining, my first ride on King's wild Tilt-A-Whirl, a gorgeous, bloody jewel, I found, on this latest ride, a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems. A few of them have sharp, hungry teeth." (Nora Roberts)
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By A. Jack on 07-03-07
Vintage, Mature SK
Lisey's story was a superb reflection of how this writer's mind works minus unnecessary gore. Story was spellbinding, building slowly to an incredible finish. The reader was one of the finest I've heard and she made the story come to life.
29 of 29 people found this review helpful
By Lesley on 01-30-07
It's a love story--it's a horror story--it's both
I just finished Lisey's Story today, and I have to say that if this book and Cell signal a new turn for Stephen King, I'm happy about it.
As with Cell, King is talking about bigger things within the context of horror, but with this book he's also talking about them within the context of a long marriage. This time they're the presence of love, and language and myth.
Lisey's Story doesn't follow the standard King map many may expect. Nobody's holed up in a cellar or a car or an abandoned building with a monster at the door. There are horrific parts and suspenseful parts, but those looking for a gorefest will probably be disappointed.
That may be the reason why some reviewers complained about a slow start. I didn't find it slow, however; the seed of the plot is planted when the "incuncs" are introduced. "Incunc" is Lisey's malapropism for "incunabula," or rare, unpublished manuscripts that are often in the author's own hand. Scholars expect that Lisey's departed husband, a writer, has left some behind and they want to get their hands on them. The scholars are what Lisey calls the "incuncs," and the book goes back and forth between their presence in the present time, and Lisey's memories of her marriage.
I'm not a big love story person, so I almost didn't get this book. But I'm glad I did. This isn't Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett; this is two messed-up people, both with problems, who managed to stay together and like it in spite of everything. I found that inspiring and touching.
Moreover, King's prose style has improved a lot over the last three decades (as we might hope!), but he still knows how to tell a good story. Mare Winningham does a great job on the narration as well. Highly recommended.
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