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It took three re-reads.

Discussion in 'Duma Key' started by AchtungBaby, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    I've read Duma Key multiple times and have always liked it, but never *loved* it like most. This time is different-- every passage, every phrase... is hitting me. Funny how time changes our perception (or so Wireman says). ;)
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...ahhh Grasshopper, you have reached the stage of enlightenment....
  3. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    Take the pebble from my hand, grasshopper.
  4. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    The same thing happens to me when I read DT BK 1 The Gunslinger.
  5. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Reading The Gunslinger and The Dead Zone were the same for me. It took multiple re-reads, but one day something just clicked into place and now I really like both.
  6. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Ain't that the truth.
    Technically, every time we re-read a book, we're reading it for the first time.
    The words on the paper are fixed and constant, but we're whirling and hurling around.
    That's the argument I use when friends and family tease me about reading a book for the 20th time.

    Duma Key is complex and rewarding and substantial.
    We can't *love* every book, even if we want to - we'd never get any sleep:hammer:
  7. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    You're right. When I read a book over, it's like reading it new in some ways. A lot depends on age and life lessons I've learned along the way. Experiences that have happened to me since first reading the book. I can view a book totally different that I read in my 20s and now read in my later age. That's why I will read Grapes of Wrath again someday. Maybe I'll appreciate these banjo pickin' idiots now.
  8. mrblonde

    mrblonde Well-Known Member

    It gets better with every read. I just finished it for the 5th (6th?) time. It's like comfort food.
  9. bobledrew

    bobledrew Inveterate yammerer

    I think Rudiroo is right on: The book is the book. It's what we BRING to the book that changes. That's why some books have a time they should be read, and some books just keep giving up more treasure with every read, like Roland's grow-bag.
  10. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    What do you think about a stage play for this one? I keep envisioning a spare set, mood lighting, wave-sounds and sliding backdrops like one would find in plays like A Streetcar Named Desire. There is a lot of great dialogue and character backstories that I think would work for the stage. The actor playing Edgar would simply hide his right arm in a sling under his shirt. It wouldn't be too expensive if done properly, just a thought.
    Of course, a miniseries on Netflix would be nice, too.
  11. Chiana

    Chiana Mother of Cats

    If you haven't experienced Duma Key via audiobook, I would recommend it. One of my favorites and one which I revisit on a yearly basis.
  12. Wab

    Wab Well-Known Member

    Even better if they hire a one-armed actor to play Edgar.
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  13. I keep waiting for this one to pop up at my local thrift store in hardcover, they have Jimmy Buffett's "salty piece of land" and the spine of the dust jacket always fools me into thinking its Duma Key. :(
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