Have never been so scared reading a book

Discussion in 'Rose Madder' started by Lina, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Lina
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    Lina Committed member

    Yesterday I finally finished reading the book, so now I am ready to give my opinion about the whole story.

    First of all, I loved it, I really, really loved it! Though, it was not easy for me to continue reading it. I was afraid I would give it up after the first 60 pages or so. Not because it was difficult for me to read due to the language or anything, but because I was awfully scared. The subject of domestic violence is too hard for me, as I had my own experience of this, and it is horrible. So, I have probably never hated any character as much as I hated Norman. And I was so worried about Rosie and Bill... And I respect Rosie as she is such a strong woman, she managed to stop this madness, to escape from her home. And Norman received what he deserved.

    The part about the painting was a bit strange, but in general I love these stories about paintings influencing us or coming alive, and so on. That reminded me of the short story The Road Virus Heads North which I also loved.

    Well, to sum up, I liked the book. It was very, very hard to read it... I think I even cried a few times when reading the descriptions of the life of Norman and Rosie. But the book is really great!
  2. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I like that book quite a bit :)
  3. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ....the violence is excruciating-but Rosie's re-birth is so satisfying...
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  4. VultureLvr45
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    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    Lina,
    Thank you for your view of Rose Madder. It is one of my favorites by Stephen King as well. Domestic Violence is a such a hard topic because so many people have suffered it.

    One of the ways I have started to heal is by starting a quilting group at my church; all quilts will be donated to victims of domestic violence. We have 6 quilts in process, 3 are nearing completion. People at my church don't know why I have selected this issue, it is for one who still suffers in silence and despite all of my love and support will "until death do her part".
  5. do1you9love?
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    do1you9love? Alive and Kicking!

    Very well stated. Her strength is amazing, especially after all she has suffered.

    (((VultureLvr45 and your friend)))
  6. A.C.T_Guy
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    Rose Madder is my most recent SK read. While i have no experience of domestic violence, I found the early stages hard going, reading what Rose had been through. But at no stage did I ever contemplate putting it down, and i was rewarded as SK's insertion of humour that starts to appear at about the half way stage is when I started to realise that things were probably not going to end well for Norman.
    The supernatural twist with the painting was different, but fine with me as i like that kind of stuff.
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