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Brilliant Book, in my top 100 books I've read.

Discussion in 'The Shining' started by Mr. Cranky, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. Mr. Cranky

    Mr. Cranky Well-Known Member

    Excedrin, that's what I couldn't remember why Jack went a bit loopy without drinking. Is Watson the boilerman some sort of 'good' observer that was there to warn them or is he just an ordinary man. I thought maybe Watson compiled that cream colored book of newspaper clippings. I can't remember. I forgot to bring the book with me so I cant see what I penciled in, but the library here has a copy. I like how King does that internal dialogue stuff, like:

    Nag and nag and nag until you wanted to clout her one just to shut her up
    and stop the
    (Where? When? How? Are you? Will you?)
    endless flow of questions. It could give you a real
    (headache? hangover?)
    headache. The damned reader.

    A green bottle of Excedrin.
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    Mr. Cranky Well-Known Member

    1) It's funny, when you read The Shining, you think the author is a man beyond his years, not a 30 or 31 year old.
    2)Are there any books that delve into the secret meanings of King's stuff( if there are any books dealing on the topic?)
    3) Coincidence or Clairvoyance?
    Three or four times while I sat down recently to read The Shining, coincidence occurred.
    *Once in a pub, I bought a Coors beer on tap, and one page later King mentions Coors beer.
    *Wendy's sister is Aileen, my mother's was Eilleen.(Eileen)
    *I share the same first two names as Jack's dad.
    * King mentions that plane that crashed full of Rugby players that had to resort to cannibalism; I saw that movie recently.

    4) Fantastic writing.
    I've got the NEL May 1984 editions, which I bought back then( I read it the first time as a loan from my school library)
    *2nd paragraph, page 39; last para p41; bottom p53; top p54; heaps more including pages 137, 180, 183, 224 with Lloyd; etc.

    I love how Jack is supposed to be the writer but it is Wendy doing all the reading.

    5) Questions:
    a)Was Al Shockley 'grooming' Jack from the start?
    b) 'Pray tell me: why is a raven like a writing desk?' King doesn't answer his own question. I want to know.
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