Synopses & Reviews
Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Roland is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange singlemindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape. The people he encounters are left behind, or worse—left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined—khef, ka, and ka-tet. The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond...the Dark Tower.
"Brilliant, fresh, and compelling...will leave you panting for more." Booklist
"In the interest of fair criticism, The Gunslinger is still a good read....[It] strives (successfully, on some levels) to invest the high fantasy genre with a uniquely American angle. Filled with plenty of strange creatures...and just the right amount of dread, foreshadowing and poetic prose, The Gunslinger is a quirky, interesting start to Roland's journey." The Denver Post
"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Stephen King returns to his bestselling Dark Tower saga in November 2003 with the publication of the fifth book in the series, "Wolves of the Calla." In preparation for this event, Penguin Group (USA) announces new trade paperback editions of the first four books in the series!
In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.
About the Author
Stephen King has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit."
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower
series is unlike anything you've ever read. Here is Stephen King's most visionary piece of storytelling, a magical mix of fantasy and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.
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