Fan submitted reviews of Roadwork (Bachman Novel):
Posted By: Cannonball - September 5th, 2012 3:11:04 pm EDT

This is a great novel. There aren't any supernatural forces at work here. Just a man ( Bart Dawes ) dealing with the death of his son . And through his own actions he eventually loses his job ,wife and is about to lose his place of employment and house to the Government in order to build a freeway that is really only being built to justify Federal funding in the future. This is not just a house. It's a house full of memories of a happy marriage and the times enjoyed with his son. He refuses to accept change and "progress". With the help of a man with ties to the mob ( Magliore ) He plans to make one last stand against society. I agree with the comments below that even though this takes place in the early 1970's it could easily be applied to modern times. Barton George Dawes stands up against corporate takeover and intrusive Government using "imminent domain" as an excuse for "progress". In the end it is a hopeless stand. A great read.

Posted By: Anonymous - June 27th, 2012 6:41:47 pm EDT

bad ass

Posted By: Brizzonator - January 1st, 2012 9:57:57 pm EST

I have one giant question for Hollywood. WHY THE HELL ISN'T THIS NOVEL A MOVIE?!! Are you kidding me? The story was set in the 70's, but could just as easily be changed to today. Man lost his child. Man loses job during economic malaise due to internal sadness. Man loses his house due to unnecessary expansion(federal stimulus package anyone?) Please, for god's sake get this thing optioned SK, if you can. Oscar nominee for sure with the right actor. You said it was about finding an answer to pain, what better describes the country now?

Posted By: Lover257 - June 2nd, 2011 2:10:09 pm EDT

this is literally my favourite book.

Posted By: S.K.Rules - April 10th, 2011 2:42:08 pm EDT

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Finnished this book a little while ago and loved it, a real page turner, I never knew what wasa going to happen next apart from the part with the gun fire (but it didn't go the way I thought it would). I thought the story was perfect apart from the fact I thought he was going to defend his home (that's what I thought he was going to us the guns for) but instead...(I won't say anymore on this read the book to understand. Everything else to me apart from the ending was perfect. Brill read.

Posted By: MPH - September 5th, 2010 10:26:13 pm EDT
i threw up in my mouth while reading it. i think king would agree with me about that too. sorry king i love you
Posted By: Luli - August 7th, 2010 4:44:22 pm EDT
I've just finished Roadwork and I gotta say the way King got into the character's mind is fascinating. I think we can all relate to Bart Dawes at some point and that's the greatest thing about it. Oh, and by the way, I think they should defintely make a movie based on this book. Robert Downey Jr. would be the best choice to play Dawes.
Posted By: Rachel Peters - July 27th, 2010 3:38:07 pm EDT
I just kept thinking how it was written so long ago but could easily be played out today. I suppose there are husbands (or other fam. members) who are in the news now that are internally going through what he did.
Posted By: Glen Ramsden - July 13th, 2009 4:56:21 pm EDT
With the possible exception of Bag of Bones, no King story has churned up in me such an emotional response. Bart Dawes is one of my favorite literary characters and is in my opinion the most realistic protagonist King has crafted.
Posted By: RDupea - December 11th, 2008 10:05:12 am EST
Roadwork is my favorite King novel. I am suprised it does not get more attention. I first read the story in high school when it came out with three other Bachman novels. I find Bart to be a very sympathetic character (with the exception of what appears to be an underlying distaste for unions), and the fruitless yet noble attempt to stop a personal injustice is compelling. In fact, along with Running Man, there seems to be a thread of the lone radical against an oppresive government within the Bachman books. I suppose this could also be said for The Long Walk, yet that story is often lost in personal dialogue. This theme seems to be lost in some later stories, however, I am reading Just After Sunset now (working on Stationary Bike - very good tale) and maybe there will be political comment. Anyway, I guess it is my hope that another who enjoyed Roadwork will see there are fellow travelers.
Posted By: Goes - August 8th, 2008 12:36:05 pm EDT
Without a doubt, his best work. Not only a triumph in the context of King/Bachman fiction, but in my opinion this is better than many 20th century canonical writers such as Fitzgerald.


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