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Discussion in 'Duma Key' started by HollyGolightly, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. HollyGolightly
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    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    This one is new enough that I remember it! Loved it, and I think we got to hear about Sai King's torturous battle through his accident and the fallout - mayhap. I was introduced to an artist I'd never paid any attention to (Dali) and forced to ponder our world of idols and Gods and such. A brilliant novel! I like to drink green tea on the beach too! And as always, vibrant characters and details. I always feel like I'm living right along with everyone in the novel when I read King. It makes me a little hard to be around sometimes.
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  2. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Wonderful book, and everytime I think about it I can picture that beach in my head. His writing of colour in that story is so evocative!!!
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    king family fan Prolific member

    I love the details in a lot of kings works. How you can visulise the whole picture and know the characters.
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  4. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Absolutely. From a Buick 8, I was on that smoking bench looking at the shed, Dreamcatcher, could smell those woods... Brilliant stuff.
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  5. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...I'm scared shi*less of lawn jockeys now....
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  6. kingzeppelin
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    I loved the vivid description of the beach of shells under "Big Pink" moving in the breakers. I could hear them in my head, great stuff and superb writing.
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  7. staropeace
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    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    One of his best.
  8. Ben.
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    Ben. Active Member

    I've always thought that Duma Key is somewhat underrated. I think it's the most visual of all of his works. That could be because art and colour are such important things themselves within the novel. I loved the "How to Draw a Picture" segments and the scene where
    Perse kills off most of Elizabeth's family on the beach
    is one of his best written.
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  9. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I liked the "How to Draw a Picture" sections...they could be collected and added to On Writing. This is the only story I've listened to on audio and I've no clue what possessed me when I picked it off the...shelf?...bin?...I think it was a bin, middle of the aisle, where it did not belong...where someone I thought later, must have left it, second thoughts I guess. I liked the narrator's presentation of this one. I especially liked his presentation of Elizabeth. He didn't try to speak in the voice of a woman...but nevertheless, I heard an old lady speak when he spoke. Those sneakers, too. :)
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  10. Lisey Landon
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    I feel the same about this book. Just thinking about it, it feels like I can almost smell the beach. I am not a visual person when I read, normally I am more emotional. But with this book, I can see it all in front of me.

    Come to think of it, after I read Duma Key, I have become more visual when reading other books as well. Didn't realize that until just now. :)
  11. !redruM
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    I'm only about 210 pages in, but so far, the book is surprisingly good! I had my doubts before starting it since I'm used to his stories like Christine, Pet Sematary, etc., so this was a (welcomed and) pleasant surprise!
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  12. 91rewoT
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    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    Looks like I need to start a pile of rereads! There is a lot I don't remember about this book. *wanders off to bookshelf*
  13. king family fan
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    king family fan Prolific member

    Amazing how many books we find ourselves re-reading.
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  14. 91rewoT
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    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    I would rather reread a great book than read a crappy book for the first time. And with King, it's like visiting a really good friend after you haven't seen them in awhile.
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    king family fan Prolific member

    Thats so true.
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    agree
  17. blunthead
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    As a teen my favorite painter was Salvador Dali. The above is one of my favorites. Duma Key inspired me to pink up my paint brush and paint again - after decades of not exercising my talent. I've found there are times when it seems I grew up with sK, like he's my big brother. His favorite movie as a kid was the same as mine. He talks about Dali and describes painting so expertly. sK las a magical, personal quality for me, and of course, for most of us.
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  18. blunthead
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    Another favorite of mine, Tuna Fishing or The Tunny Catch, 1967 (at the approximate center of the canvas is a very small homage to MCEscher. Considering that the canvas's actual height is about 14 feet, the homage to Escher in this image is probably invisible.)
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  19. Becks19
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    I am very fond of Duma Key. I have read it several times....In fact, while it is cold and ugly it seems a perfect time for a re-read!! ( Frank I have always loved Escher)
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  20. Garriga
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    Garriga Well-Known Member

    I'm reading Duma Key now. Like Bag of Bones, it is a slow read for me. But a good read. This story has potential to be a great film. At least, IMO.

    I don't know about y'all, but the dolls are freaking me out.
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