NOT Enjoying Gerald's Game

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Opopanax

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I'm re-reading all of SK's works this year, and there are a couple I've avoided, not having read them except for the first time when they had just come out. Now I remember why Gerald's Game is on that list. It's very good, but it's just excruciating. I can barely stand the discomfort enough to finish. The situation is almost more than I can stand; it's making my stomach hurt. That's a sign of good writing, of course, but man.
 

Neesy

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I'm re-reading all of SK's works this year, and there are a couple I've avoided, not having read them except for the first time when they had just come out. Now I remember why Gerald's Game is on that list. It's very good, but it's just excruciating. I can barely stand the discomfort enough to finish. The situation is almost more than I can stand; it's making my stomach hurt. That's a sign of good writing, of course, but man.
Oh, my God, I can't. :eek: I can't get through those pages. I've started and stopped a few times now, and I keep having to put it down. It's too horrible. :barf::fatigue:
Call me a sicko, but I enjoyed this one.

Don't force yourself to read it if it is bothering you so much. Move on to a different SK book - good luck!
 

Opopanax

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I just finished. :nightmare:
Poor Prince. Poor dog. I don't know why he had to pay such a terrible price. Jessie should have saved him.
I wish I could remember everything Dolores Claiborne said about Jessie. It seems to me that she thought, while she was telling her story, that the girl she had seen during the eclipse was in some kind of trouble. I guess I could try to flip through and find it.
 
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Sunlight Gardener

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Jul 22, 2013
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....Pet Semetary was like that for me....
Same here. That was the only book that is hard for me to get through because of the subject matter. That thing is darker than dark. Bleak.

I don't know your gender but based on being around here for awhile, it seems that a lot of women have a very hard time with Geralds Game...except for Neesy of course lol. I can definitely see why. It would be all too easy to think about being in that predicament. It is a pretty dark book, but Pet Semetary for me is awful....not that it's a bad book, it's riveting..just not very nice.
 

GNTLGNT

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Same here. That was the only book that is hard for me to get through because of the subject matter. That thing is darker than dark. Bleak.

I don't know your gender but based on being around here for awhile, it seems that a lot of women have a very hard time with Geralds Game...except for Neesy of course lol. I can definitely see why. It would be all too easy to think about being in that predicament. It is a pretty dark book, but Pet Semetary for me is awful....not that it's a bad book, it's riveting..just not very nice.
...I are a fellow of the male persuasion....and "Game" was interesting-nothing more...
 

RichardX

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I re-read GG not long ago and enjoyed it much more than I had remembered. It is definitely a dark book but not because of the taboo scenario. Much like Cujo and Rose Madder there are dark undertones in the everyday lives of the characters. By far the best written and creepiest part of the book was the eclipse scene with her father. The wife also has a weird lack of emotion and resentment toward her dead husband. Things went off the rails a bit at the end but I don't want to spoil that.
 
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