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ISBN13: 9781416552963
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No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...

A terrible construction site 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. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests 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 Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key.

Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. 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.

Review:

"In bestseller King's well-crafted tale of possession and redemption, Edgar Freemantle, a successful Minnesota contractor, barely survives after the Dodge Ram he's driving collides with a 12-story crane on a job site. While Freemantle suffers the loss of an arm and a fractured skull, among other serious injuries, he makes impressive gains in rehabilitation. Personality changes that include uncontrollable rages, however, hasten the end of his 20-year-plus marriage. On his psychiatrist's advice, Freemantle decides to start anew on a remote island in the Florida Keys. To his astonishment, he becomes consumed with making art — first pencil sketches, then paintings — that soon earns him a devoted following. Freemantle's artwork has the power both to destroy life and to cure ailments, but soon the Lovecraftian menace that haunts Duma Key begins to assert itself and torment those dear to him. The transition from the initial psychological suspense to the supernatural may disappoint some, but even those few who haven't read King (Lisey's Story) should appreciate his ability to create fully realized characters and conjure horrors that are purely manmade." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Art and the effects of physical trauma take center stage in Stephen King's fiction these days, shadowed perhaps by his own near-fatal accident almost nine years ago. With a hero crippled on the job and then tormented by a demonic spirit in recovery, King's new novel, 'Duma Key,' is a tale of conflict between the forces of horror and the redemptive power of creativity.

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"However simple [King's] storytelling sounds, it exerts a relentless tidal pull....The last third of the book goes into overdrive, leading each of the people and objects strewn innocently through the story to some kind of diabolical turn." Janet Maslin, New York Times

Review:

"[F]ans hungry for the best-selling author to write something scary again can finally eat their fill....King has delivered a superb fright fest with his latest." Chicago Sun-Times

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"Edgar's own story in the present is more compelling than the revelations of the key's past, and the novel might have been twice as powerful if it had been cut by a third, but King fans will find it engrossing." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"[M]asterfully plotted...rife with vital characters....Perhaps the book is the stuff of old grade-B movie chillers and not one of King's masterpieces, but it's grade-A writing and solid craftsmanship all the way." Booklist

Review:

"While not alike in plot, this book has a feel of such books as Bag of Bones and the more recent Lisey's Story and is essential for any popular fiction or King collection." Library Journal

Review:

"The book is a slow burn, and the better for it....[T]here's the thrilling sense of a master determined not only to flex his muscles but develop them too." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"At its core it's a horror story, but with enough emotional complications to keep you turning the pages." Boston Globe

Review:

"[A] page-turner of the most cinematic sort — full of sparring dialogue, discrete scenes and vivid surface descriptions." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Synopsis:

King's latest #1 New York Times bestseller about a man whose near-fatal accident gives him access to vast powers of creativity — and destruction — is now available in a tall Premium Edition.

Synopsis:

No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...

A terrible construction site 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. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests 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 Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. 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.

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About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Jennmarie68, March 11, 2010 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
In the past I've had a hard time reading Stephen King. But I was young and my worst attempt was to read The Stand, which I found to be too realistic... So I sat him aside for a while. I'm really glad I got back into him, and Duma Key was a great book to start with.

I think this book was brilliant. King writes from Edgar Freemantle's point of view. We get to go through his rehabilitation with him. In the begining I had a hard time understanding what Edgar was trying to say, but as the book goes on and Edgar learns to speak again, and I got used to how he talked I didn't notice the speech problems.

The story took me a VERY LONG time to read. I think I bought this one back in March and I just finished it, so just shy of 6 months. Part of this was because I was reading other books and part of it was because the beginning was kind of slow. But once I got about halfway through and was really connected to the story it only took me a few days to finish it.

As the story got going, and I started to figure out what was going on, I couldn't stop reading it. I had a few sleepless nights with this one.

As usual King's writing takes you on a trip along with the characters. I could see what was going on clear as day. There was very little that I couldn't picture. Even the weird stuff was described so well I could see exactly what King was describing.

This was a great book, and I'm glad I stuck it out. 700 pages seemed pretty daunting, but there was so much that made the story that had it been cut to make the book shorter I know I wouldn't have liked this one. If you like Stephen King and haven't read this one go get it, it's well worth it. If you've never read King and think 700 pages is too much just take my word, you won't be disappointed. Just promise you'll read through at least halfway before you decide if you want to finish it or not.
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Peggy J, March 8, 2009 (view all comments by Peggy J)
Not as dark as some of his previous works (Dreamcatcher comes to mind) but the storytelling and the suspense remain intact. Childhood memories and parental love intertwine to add an unusual twist to a very spiritual novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416552963
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Occult
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Florida keys (fla.)
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Accident victims
Subject:
Occult & Supernatural
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
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Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
under the dome; just after sunset; everything s eventual; steven king; stephen king; a good marriage; the shining; misery; shawshank redemption; pet sematary; doctor sleep; mr. mercedes; national book; marriage; betrayal; LA book prize; carrie; the stand;
Subject:
under the dome; just after sunset; everything s eventual; steven king; stephen king; a good marriage; the shining; misery; shawshank redemption; pet sematary; doctor sleep; mr. mercedes; national book; marriage; betrayal; LA book prize; carrie; the stand;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
800
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.125 in

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Product details 800 pages Pocket Books - English 9781416552963 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In bestseller King's well-crafted tale of possession and redemption, Edgar Freemantle, a successful Minnesota contractor, barely survives after the Dodge Ram he's driving collides with a 12-story crane on a job site. While Freemantle suffers the loss of an arm and a fractured skull, among other serious injuries, he makes impressive gains in rehabilitation. Personality changes that include uncontrollable rages, however, hasten the end of his 20-year-plus marriage. On his psychiatrist's advice, Freemantle decides to start anew on a remote island in the Florida Keys. To his astonishment, he becomes consumed with making art — first pencil sketches, then paintings — that soon earns him a devoted following. Freemantle's artwork has the power both to destroy life and to cure ailments, but soon the Lovecraftian menace that haunts Duma Key begins to assert itself and torment those dear to him. The transition from the initial psychological suspense to the supernatural may disappoint some, but even those few who haven't read King (Lisey's Story) should appreciate his ability to create fully realized characters and conjure horrors that are purely manmade." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "However simple [King's] storytelling sounds, it exerts a relentless tidal pull....The last third of the book goes into overdrive, leading each of the people and objects strewn innocently through the story to some kind of diabolical turn."
"Review" by , "[F]ans hungry for the best-selling author to write something scary again can finally eat their fill....King has delivered a superb fright fest with his latest."
"Review" by , "Edgar's own story in the present is more compelling than the revelations of the key's past, and the novel might have been twice as powerful if it had been cut by a third, but King fans will find it engrossing."
"Review" by , "[M]asterfully plotted...rife with vital characters....Perhaps the book is the stuff of old grade-B movie chillers and not one of King's masterpieces, but it's grade-A writing and solid craftsmanship all the way."
"Review" by , "While not alike in plot, this book has a feel of such books as Bag of Bones and the more recent Lisey's Story and is essential for any popular fiction or King collection."
"Review" by , "The book is a slow burn, and the better for it....[T]here's the thrilling sense of a master determined not only to flex his muscles but develop them too."
"Review" by , "At its core it's a horror story, but with enough emotional complications to keep you turning the pages."
"Review" by , "[A] page-turner of the most cinematic sort — full of sparring dialogue, discrete scenes and vivid surface descriptions."
"Synopsis" by , King's latest #1 New York Times bestseller about a man whose near-fatal accident gives him access to vast powers of creativity — and destruction — is now available in a tall Premium Edition.
"Synopsis" by , No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...

A terrible construction site 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. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests 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 Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. 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.

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