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Difficult Read

Discussion in 'Lisey's Story' started by Jules3155, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. Jules3155

    Jules3155 Well-Known Member

    Just started reading Lisey's Story. I am finding parts of it difficult to understand...that "over my head" feeling. I will continue to read it...just hope it becomes clearer soon. I just read "Blaze" and couldn't put it down. While I would be doing other things, I would keep thinking about Blaze and couldn't wait to get back to reading it. Was hoping Lisey's Story would be that way too.
     
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  2. dcshark

    dcshark Member

    I found it a bit hard to get into at first. I actually re-read the first 20-30 pages, but once I was in I was hooked.
    One of my favorites now. But my wife, she's a King fan as well, didn't like it as much.
     
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  3. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Some of SK's books are just not for everyone. I never really got into Lisey's Story either (though I read it all and understood it, as much as one can I guess). But to this day, I can't remember what it's about for the life of me. The only think I can remember is

    the phrase "blood bool" and how disgusting it sounds. Can't remember what it actually is though.
     
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  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Lisey's Story is definitely Mr. King's most 'literary' book. He does a lovely job with jumps back and for the through time, but since it's not part of his usual style, it can be difficult to navigate--it's unexpected. It feels raw and personal, too. It's an uncomfortable book, I think, but well worth the effort to read it through a first time. You'll finish and have to think about what you read, and then it will either click with you and be far easier the next time (my experience) or you'll decide it's not for you.
     
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  5. Sliced Bread

    Sliced Bread Well-Known Member

    I've started Lisey's Story three times and I've never got to the end. I found it a real drag and I didn't like the character herself and all the "smucking" got on my nerves. One day I'll get through it.
     
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  6. BeverleyMarsh

    BeverleyMarsh Well-Known Member

    I personnally didn't have any problem getting into Lisey's story, I loved it from the first read, and about halfway through it I already had an inkling it would become my favourite SK's novel. And to this day it is my favourite. But it's true it's a real departure from his usual style, I tried to get my mum to read it as I was convinced she would love it but she said she tried and tried but couldn't get into it. She was surprised as she never had any problem getting through his novels before and it's actually her who initiated me to Stephen King's work. I think maybe it's a case of leaving the expectations you have of his usual work aside, as much as possible, but maybe it's just not for you, like Skimom said, it's true this one has very much divided opinions.
     
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  7. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I enjoyed the fantastical aspect of it more readily, yet after my third read-everything "clicked"...and I appreciate it for a fine overall piece of work now...
     
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  8. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    Said it before, I'll say it again--probably one of the finest novels I'll NEVER read again. Pretty much everything Skimom said above, yep. Kinda awkward.

    And all that couple's marriage-speak baby talk made me wanna ralph.
     
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  9. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I've read this one so many times my hardback looks like the user manual at the mechanic shop. I loved this story and yeah there are some things I had to reread the first time through. One chapter midway through the firs third...Wood-pucky maybe. Woodenhead. Never got a kiss. Old Hank sang 'em, didn't he? Oh you betcha.
    And the other day, I'm trying to find something to make a point. And boom, there I am again, step outside and look at the sky. You have that thing that sneaks up on you and bites you on the ass. I made my father laugh. That's the thing, isn't it...? Did God laugh? Does he laugh? Or is the only thing available the horror of forever? I never made my old man laugh, no siree-bucko. All I needed was that quick crumble of evening paper and I was out the door.

    This one is a favorite. What's crazy is that Salon did a number on this one, right. King may have to blah blah blah to write a literary novel? Empty devils.

    I think it's a hoot that we could possibly say hey to the Shakespeare of our day. Hey, Billy! What say! Doesn't mean he hears us, right?

    Now...I have to run again. Boundary Street, someone ripped up their kitchen. Don't you hate when that happens.
     
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  10. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Poor old Kawliga...
     
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  11. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yeah, me too. I look forward to my first reread so I can appreciate the whole thing better for what it is.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2015
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  12. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member


    As with all forms of art, I accept that people's tastes are different (unless they don't like Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp, in which case something is fundamentally wrong with them on a molecular level ;;D). This book, however, was a trying one for me. It took me almost 3 years of picking it up and putting it down before I finished it. It's definitely not a bad story, but it's one of the few King books I just couldn't get into. Blaze, on the other hand, I loved. Would be nice to see a movie of that book.
     
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  13. Sliced Bread

    Sliced Bread Well-Known Member

    +1 like for "ralph", which I haven't heard since 80s high school movies. I actually laughed out loud on the bus.
     
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  14. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    LS is a commitment. Flawless parts coupled with confusing parts; never read a book with such a frequent push & pull between extremes before. Loved it, disliked it, excited by it, bored with it, crystal clear, clear as mud, pages flew, pages lagged. Stuck with it, though. Worth the read as the end came, but it took some deep stretching and a few start/stops at the beginning to limber up. But once you're past the initial ruts, stick with it, man!!!
     
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  15. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    It kind of reminded me of Bag of Bones and Rose Madder somewhat... along with a little of the Dark Tower for the thing with the pie-bald side and world-jumping like Jack Sawyer in the Talisman.... loved Lisey's Story... still do... I didn't ralph... probably won't the next time either unless of course I eat a bad Chicago dog while rereading it....
     
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  16. Senor_Biggles

    Senor_Biggles Well-Known Member

    Definitely my least favourite King book and the only one I can't imagine myself going back to, but I don't think I couldl tell you why exactly.
     
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  17. Bardo

    Bardo Well-Known Member

    I actually have picked up and put down three times now,
    Somthing I rarely do!
    Ill get to it one of these days
     
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  18. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    It seems to be quite a chore for many readers.
     
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  19. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    The silly language troubled me on the first read too and I ended the book thinking I wasn't crazy about it. I have listened to it on Audio a couple times since and was surprised how fast I got over the language thing and was able to concentrate on the story. Lindsey Crouse does a great job of pulling you in to the story. Probably my favorite part of the story was his crazy father and the horrible stuff that happened to he and his brother that made him the way he is. I found that part fascinating and I ended up liking the whole story a lot better.
     
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  20. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    I could not go too far into it the first time I tried to read it, many years ago. But I started it again one or two years ago (so I was already 33 or 34) and loved it. I think my 20-something self just could not find any common ground with the characters in this book, with all those years of marriage, siblings with families and lives of their own and all that.

    I am still single, but I have been exposed to friends' marriages, plus my own current relationship, which does have special talk just for the two of us. Thinking about my parents' future, if they would accept moving in with me (they live in my hometown, and I think they might be stubborn enough to want to stay there). All of those things helped me see the book differently, and now I enjoy it a lot.
     
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