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Discussion in 'The Stand' started by unclelouie, Dec 9, 2013.
Also thought it was kool when Nadine used the ouija board to talk to Randall Flagg both times.
I have lots of different parts - Harold's plot, the build up to it and the actual event, as well as how the characters react after. The moment when you slowly but surely realise that everyone is dying and the flu keeps spreading, with people sneezing, coughing etc. I LOVED Stu and Toms journey back to Boulder in the final 100 pages or so. I was nearly crying when Kojak popped back up, how he fought off Flagg's Wolves, and the way he helped Stu when the A-Bomb went off and Stu's leg was broken. Trashcan Man and The Kid. Also, that one chapter somewhere in the first couple of hunder pages where it just talks about all these people dying for the full chapter - my favourite was the guy whose wife and son died, and he kept them in the refrigerator downstairs in the basement, and when he goes in there to check on them the door closes and he cannot get out, so he dies there with his family. It was such a sad scene. So much happened in the book, and I think it is my favourite by King. I only wish we learned what happened to Fran's boyfriend Jesse, when they left each other before the plague took everyone! I think it would've been interesting to see him pop up in Boulder and he walks past Frannie when she is with Stu!
Slightly besides the point, but reading the posts made me realize this all basically happened in 9 months, considering Frannie was only pregnant for a few weeks or a month when we see her at what is the start of the epidemic. Surprising how much devastation and 'healing' can come in such a…'short' time (short considering the context).
Sorry if this was off topic! It kinda popped up when I was reading this. I also agree with jfra3101 that I kinda wished we found out about Jesse and if he was ever in Boulder.
Another favorite part is When Trashcan Man is walking with the wolves after they trap The Kid in his car.
Also i think Jesse probably died from the superflu because they were saying the chance that both parents were immune was too small.
Oh yeah I love the chapter dedicated to all the losses early on. I always remember the one where the guy with several kids is jogging and replaying the order of their deaths as he jogs until he's the only one left and he basically runs himself to a heart attack. The mini character development was a great side look at the destruction of humanity.
Probably my favorite scene was Kojak's battle with the wolves, with the minor qualification that I'm a fan of wolves and their culture, brutal though it may be, and they were demonized a bit too much for my liking, like it was back to the medieval stories. That's a quibble, not a criticism. It was still a great scene there at Mother Abigail's house, with Kojak making his own Stand.
My favourite of those was the girl who was convinced that every guy wanted to rape her, so when a drunk leered at her
she shot at him with a gun using bullets so old and decrepit that it exploded and killed her.
That was awesome! The way Kojak hid under the porch and waited for the Wolves to go away was incredible. Also, the way he found his way to Boulder... Heart warming stuff!
A lot of favourite part obviously but if I had to pick one it is the setting of the stage so to say. When he in the beginning of the book descripes how the plague strikes, how cars crash into gasstops and so on. You really get the feeling of whats happening and are introduced to several of the major characters when disaster first strike their lives. It is perfectly written. Never seen a better description on how a severe illness strike a society.
I'm only up to the point where Larry meets Nadine and Joe, but so far, there have been three standout scenes in particular for me:
Stu getting grabbed round the ankle by a crazed flu victim as he tries to escape the Vermont facility. Of anything I've read of King's so far, this has to be the most unsettling and downright scary. And I'm pleased to see that they did the moment justice in the TV miniseries adaptation.
Starky descending down into the depths of the research facility to commit suicide. Starky's sense of failure and desperation was perfectly displayed. So macabre and sorta darkly funny how the facility kept being called a tomb.
The news team of a television studio rebelling against their captors and choosing to get the word out to public that there was an epidemic silently unfolding under their noses.
Yea those are some good ones as well Space Cowboy!
The Holland tunnel (is it that tunnel? I don't have a copy of The Stand with me at the moment) escape by Larry and Rita. So creepy and nasty and horrible.
Mother Abagail prepping for company....her journey next to the rows of corn...the weasels...her fatigue...her dreams. And then how everyone is so appreciative when they arrive at her home in Nebraska, and see her, and eat, and are finally, even if temporarily, relaxed.
After all his horrible deeds, Harold Lauder's deserved demise. That rang true with me, especially because he'd been responsible for Nick's death. It just about killed *me* when Nick was killed.
Flagg's reactions to both Dayna's and Nadine's deaths. Curses - foiled again!