The Shining (King Classics )


The Shining (Paperback, 2006, Hodder Paperback)

Paperback, 512 pages

English language

Published Sept. 1, 2006 by Hodder Paperback.

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5 star (1 review)

Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny move into the Overlook Hotel, where Jack has been hired as the winter caretaker. Cut off from civilization for months, Jack hopes to battle alcoholism and uncontrolled rage while writing a play. Evil forces residing in the Overlook – which has a long and violent history – covet young Danny for his precognitive powers and exploit Jack’s weaknesses to try to claim the boy. (source)

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One of Stephen King's only works of “real” literature

5 star

While most of Stephen King's works are just the drug-induced ramblings of a pulp horror writer (see It (1986)), The Shining is a real, inspired, artistic work with real actual themes and real actual characters and it's actually a work of literature. While the film is very good as well, I like how much more prominent Hallorann is in this compared to the film, and the themes and focuses of the book are different but equally good.