Dolores Claiborne
  Fan submitted reviews of Dolores Claiborne (Novel):
Posted By: Lew - December 4th, 2012 5:46:55 pm EST

Loved the movie. Is the Island real or was it really just JonesPort i would like to visit. Cant get enough of it

Posted By: Alba4ever - September 22nd, 2012 6:40:50 am EDT

the love/hate relationship between Dolores and Vera makes this book! the two women are on polar opposites of the class scale. however, they are so similar in many other ways. This was a welcome break from the thriller/horror genre we're so used to from Mr.King. it opened up his writing to new readers just as the Dark Tower series did. plus there's the tie in with Gerald's Game. i always recommend this book to people who dismiss Mr.King as simply a 'horror' writer....he is so much more than that!!!

Posted By: Manooo - August 20th, 2012 6:38:51 am EDT

Very different than all the other books tha King has done, but also brilliant. Every second dedicated to reading this book is totally worth it.

Posted By: Tracie W. - February 7th, 2012 12:27:27 pm EST

If you have the chance, listen to this on audiobook. Frances Sternhagen brings the entire book to life. Kathy Bates and the movie version pales in comparison to the audiobook reading.

Posted By: Scott Wilson - January 31st, 2012 6:16:33 pm EST

This novel is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Its written with such care and the plot is stunning, the characters come to life right off the page and it doesn't get side-tracked and pull itself off plot like some other stories. This book can be funny (some of the stories Dolores tells about working for Vera) and intense (most of the novel!) at the same time - King has the rare and outstanding ability to make describe situations so vividly that it makes his audience feel apart of it and feel everything the characters are feeling. While it may take a few pages to get into because of the different style of writing that most probably haven't experienced before, once you do get deep into it, you wont put it down and nor will you ever want to! It's the perfect length and gets everything sorted at the end, giving you all of the answers to your questions and leaving nothing left undone. After MISERY, this was the first King book I properly read and it made me NEED to read more of his work. Thanks for this Completely stunning, magnificent and astounding book - It'll be on my top recommends list forever. 10/10 Scott.

Posted By: Yagerdog - January 8th, 2012 11:59:16 pm EST

The first book I've ever read where it benefited from having seen the movie first. Not for the sake of the plot or to help carry the storyline through, but for the simple sake that Kathy Bates is such a dominating character that envisioning her as Dolores makes it all work that much more. Enjoyed the book cover to cover.

Posted By: TMJ - August 17th, 2011 8:10:54 pm EDT

I am in the middle of Dolores Claiborne and I love it, also. I just read Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, a NH author who was a good writer and died young. (Her book is nothing like the movie or TV series). It raised some taboo issues that were not talked about in the 50's/60's. Some of her characters are in Dolores Claiborne. I read somewhere that KIng meant it as a tribute to Peyton Place. Selena is in there !

Posted By: Frank - August 3rd, 2011 2:58:04 pm EDT

I am about 2/3 of the way through this book, and I love it! The character development and the way Mr. King presents the story (through the first-hand "confession" of Dolores) is simply outstanding! Since I still have a little less than 1/3 of the book to read, maybe I haven't gotten to the "tie-in" yet (or maybe I'm just dense :-) but I don't see the tie-in with Gerald's Game

Posted By: Heather - June 15th, 2011 10:43:00 am EDT

After watching the movie I read the book which includes many differences. As I read it I literally laughed out loud at many things the character describes. Kathy bates did a great job but the screenwriter left out so much detail and didn't do the main character justice.

Posted By: Rolanddeschainswoman - August 11th, 2010 7:25:00 pm EDT
I loved this book especially what she did to her husband. I personally think it's what he deserved. I think every woman should do that to their other if they find out the jerk is molestin their child.
Posted By: Nick - June 18th, 2010 9:14:04 pm EDT
This is an interesting book, quite unusual style for King but if you persevere it works.
Posted By: Elfboy91 - April 29th, 2010 2:20:34 am EDT
A captivating book that was hard to put down! Many images are stuck in my head that I wish were not. It's difficult to try and sleep in a dark room when Joe St. George is staring up at me with that gruesome grin!
Posted By: GinaGina - January 29th, 2010 11:13:03 pm EST
I loved this book so much. This is the only King book to date that I have actually read twice. Maybe the only book ever I have read twice. The movie was awful, does not do the book justice.
Posted By: Amber - December 1st, 2009 12:50:19 am EST
Can anyone tell me the book that this one ties in with??
[Gerald's Game is the companion book.]

Posted By: JRM - November 17th, 2009 4:59:53 pm EST
A solid Stephen King novel. It didn't have many shocks or edge-of-your seat moments -- much of the book seems to just be an exploration of character development -- but it contains a great cast of characters. Characters you will grow to love or hate. Or somewhere in between . It took me about 50 pgs to get used to the writing style, but I eventually came around to appreciate it. If this novel was expanded just another 100 pgs, it wouldn't have worked; there just wasn't enough in the novel to justify a much longer read. But at about 300 pgs, with large font, it's just right. As it stands, it does what it can with the material its given and provides a solid reading experience. Not a favorite, but not bad.
Posted By: King's Fane - May 11th, 2009 6:13:27 am EDT
this was one of the best stories i had ever read;especially when we know that here horror is mixed with a little comedy(dolores always washed her mistress's shit from walls).
Posted By: Constant Reader - January 21st, 2009 12:38:34 pm EST
This was a great book! The movie was great also. Kathy Bates was the perfect choice. Her & I share the same last name now that I am remarried. Yes, I married a man with the last name Bates. First name is not Norman. After my divorce, my favorite thing to say was, "Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold on to." Needless to say I was single for 8 years. It was great! Thanks!
Posted By: Nahyan - January 14th, 2009 3:15:45 am EST
Great in characterization and literary expertise but low in thrills, heart attacks and grip than his other works
Posted By: Val* - December 27th, 2008 6:17:25 pm EST
This is definitely one of my favourite books. I love it, it's one of the best, and I love the character of Dolores Claiborne.
Posted By: Croaton - December 9th, 2008 12:08:40 pm EST
I'm just busy rediscovering this book by way of the audiobook read by the wonderful Frances Sternhagen. I am wondering, however, why some names are different than in the original version. Take John Marshall, who is Frank Marshall on the CD, or Rick Thibodeau, who becomes a Gerry ... Not a big deal, I know, but why the deviations?
Posted By: Anonymous - December 3rd, 2008 7:48:07 pm EST
One of King's best. Dolores and her story are unforgettable and the style used in delivering the book is superb. King deserves so much more than the "horror novelist" label. This novel as well as others like Duma Key, IT, The Green Mile, Bag of Bones, ect. all show that he is above such a category. King knows how to write a fantastic book and this story of loss, hope, and emmotional survival really emphasize that he has true skill.
Posted By: Beamishlyme - November 18th, 2008 8:05:07 pm EST
Another of my favorites. I loved the movie as well as the read,even though I see better when I read.
Posted By: Ajfromuk - August 24th, 2008 11:58:26 am EDT
The second book I read of King's at the age of 11 and once again I was spellbound by the tale and how this booked intwined with Gerald's Game which I read a few month earlier. The Audio edition is also worth listening to.
Posted By: Anonymous - July 30th, 2008 8:44:37 pm EDT
I've never read this book before, but I've seen the movie. It makes me weep everytime I watch it. I NEED to buy the book; I bet it's a million times better. This story really hits home for my mom and I.
Posted By: CannibalsOnCannabis - July 25th, 2008 8:13:38 pm EDT
One of King's most emotionally shattering novels. A great mix of interesting characters, some of which rank up there with King's best (in the league of Jack Torrance, Roland of Gilead, and good ol' Johnny Smith). Not horror, per se, but by far one of King's most frightening.


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