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Discussion in 'Rose Madder' started by Shoe, Apr 28, 2014.
Does anyone remember Rose's age?
Early thirties? Went back and read a Wiki summary and she leaves her husband after fourteen years, so she's no spring chick. I am going to have to re-read this one, it was one of my favorites back then.
Oh yea good point! I'll ballpark it around 32 y/o. I remember somewhere it was mentioned that she and Norman married weeks after she got out of high school. Which would have placed here near 18 when the marriage started. Thanks!
StephenKing.com - Rose Madder
The information in The Library also notes the 14-year-mark...as does the first sentence of the first chapter and a number of sentences several pages into the story. I think there's a kind of prologue and then chapter 1. I looked through my copy...and my notes, but I did not index what Rosie's age could be. But yeah, Norman marrying her straight out of high school seems to fit a kind of pattern.
...any reason why this intrigued you?....
A few parts curiosity many more parts Adoration.
I love that book Rose Madder. I identified with the character even though I was never beat up or abused. I just liked the atmosphere in that one and even the sort of fantasy parts were cool as well.
She was 32 or 33. And a wonderful character.
I thought this novel was godawful, SK's worst
Not my favorite King novel.
Quite frankly, I'm not convinced he wrote most of this book... while reading, I kept thinking that a woman wrote a large portion of this one.
It has been a long time since I read Rose Madder, though.
Maybe Tabitha helped - she was working or volunteering at a Woman's Shelter at one time, so perhaps she provided some insight or he just picked up clues from talking with her.
Personally, I suspect that she did a more than just provide insight...
Of course, I very well could be wrong as I am only going on my instincts here.
Are you serious? You think that SK would release a novel that he did not write?
Does not strike me as Tabby's writing style or language. SK can do a "femine voice" very well.
He was channeling his 'feminine' side I guess - There are actually men out there who can sympathize with women and imagine what it would be like to be in their place.
I have never read any of Tabitha's work, so I have nothing to go by, but like N_N said, he would not do that.
I think it very well possible that he could have been in a place, time and/or situation in his life that he could have compromised and put his name on a story that his wife may have written at some point in time.
I also think it possible that Rose Madder was written way earlier than when it was published/released.
Like in his book where the writer starts to get writer's block but luckily has a backlog of books he wrote in the past?
^ yup, sumpin' like that
ETA: although, I am serious about my instinctual thoughts on Rose Madder
I try not to upset anyone, but sometimes it happens
How's your day going? Did you get today off work?
Nope, I am at my fulltime job today... just waiting on slow printer and trying to keep my mind active between print jobs.
Btw, I have been doing the internet forum thing since 2000... I do not take offense personally easily.
Sometimes, I do offend others, though. Not intentionally (usually), but because I often do not have time to 'xplain myself fully. I cannot type fast (didn't take typing class seriously waaaaay back in high school... didn't think I'd ever have to type for a living. )