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Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

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    Default Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    I was wondering what people thought about the Original Version of the Stand vs. the Complete & Uncut version?


    I read the C&U Version a few years back, but honestly, I thought it was a bit too long winded. I am planning a re-read, and wondering if I should look for the original version, or stick with the C&U version.

    What are your thoughts on the two versions?

    Thanks!

    -fz

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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    It might be interesting for you to read the 1978 edited version just so that you could compare and decide for yourself whether the parts that were restored should have been left out.


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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    The original is the one I first fell in love with, but when the expanded edition came out, that became the definitive edition to me from that point on. I'd agree with Ms. Mod on this one--give the original a try. Now more than ever, stories of post-apocalyptic America are as popular as ever. SK was ahead of his time on this one.

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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    I recently finished the current 1439 page C&U paperback by Anchor.

    It was not less by being more.

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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    I have both versions. Complete and uncut, please!

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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    The 1978 version was my first read of The Stand, obviously and I loved the uncut version even more. To me the way SK explained it in the foreward summed it up perfectly and I didn't find it long winded, but hey that'd just me. Like Ms. Mod said it might be good for you to find an edited version and decide for yourself. I find Amazon very good for finding books that might not turn up anywhere else. Let me know how you get on.

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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    ...I am in the "more was better" camp...

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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    I read The Stand when it was first published in paperback in 1980 and then once again before the complete and uncut version was released. Just last night I decided to read the complete and uncut version and purchased it for my Kindle. I plan to start it within the next day or so. I'm not as fast a reader as I once was, but I will come back with my opinion once I am done. To be honest, I don't think i remember the original version well enough to know what is "new." I am very excited to reread this amazing book though.

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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    I read the original one three years ago and liked it very much. But now when I read the uncut version I like it much more.
    And I am almost in the end, only few pages left I've read a lot these last days because it's sooo good.

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    Default Re: Original Version vs. The Complete & Uncut Version

    The complete version is the only one I have read so can't really give you a comparison

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