Discussion Group Read for May 20, 2020.... Rat by Stephen King

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cat in a bag

Well-Known Member
Aug 28, 2010
This one was my least favorite in the book. I did not like the main character, he seemed like a self-centered ass. Say sorry. I did enjoy the part of the story at the cabin, and during the storm. I know it was a rat he saw, and in my head it was a rat, except he reminded me of the dancing frog from Looney Tunes. Top hat, cane and little tux included. The story as a whole reminded me of Fair Extension from Full Dark, No Stars.

Still a good story, just my least favorite of the bunch.


The Fool on the Hill
Apr 12, 2014
A kind of Faustian story. The rat then, of course being the devil, and our protagonist being the one willing to offer a good friends life to write that one story. It is, at the bottom of it, about the choice. I think its rather clear that he never really believes that the rat is an usual kind of rat, in spite of all his efforts to call it a dream and not real and so on. So he makes the deal and, just as many who makes such a deal, thinks he has made a good choice. (he would die anyway) Good story, well told and interesting.