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Oh dear, I think I just hit a problem (Rage by Bachman)

Discussion in 'Rage' started by Speedygi81, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Speedygi81

    Speedygi81 Well-Known Member

    I just started reading the Bachman Books, and I thought Rage was absolutely rubbish?

    It was unpolished, rude, offensive and yet tense at the same time, and I have no idea what to make of it. It made me feel ashamed that I liked a writer who wrote such appalling stuff. It was as if he flung loads of moral garbage into a book and got it published.

    My goodness..
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  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    It's been so long since I read this one but a couple of points to consider might be that a) wasn't the story written in the first person? (Meaning that much of the tone would come from Charlie Decker?) and b) wasn't this one of Stephen's very early pieces of work? (Although it was first published in 1977, I thought I'd read somewhere that it had been written quite a bit earlier than this? Marsha would likely know...)

    That aside, don't feel ashamed ( :eek: ) I'm sure he wouldn't expect us to like all of his stuff.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...he was quite a young man and hence the unpolished nature of the narrative...but appalling?-nay, I disagree...
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  4. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Being a weird kid in school myself, I have to say, I found the story to be a page turner, every time I've read it.
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  5. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    He wrote the original manuscript when he was in high school himself. I don't know how much of it was edited when it was eventually published as that was before my time.
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  6. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Each SK story has it's own meaning to the individual reader. Like/ dislike- - page turner/ slow read. Personally I felt the story had insight into the thinking of a high school student.
  7. Speedygi81

    Speedygi81 Well-Known Member

    One case in point, how many points did one have to basically make about 'eating' one's own wife? It was so dreadful, knowing that this kid basically got the easy path out of his crimes.
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  8. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    While I respect your opinion SG, for a novel that was written by a 17 year old kid still in high school, I thought it was a really good book. Rage is one of the very first novels written by King, before he found and cultivated his 'voice', although it shows itself throughout the book. Unpolished, rude and offensive it may be, but isn't that what any 17 year old guy (and I am referring to the character of Charlie Decker, not King) is at that age? It held my interest from page one, and that's all I ask for in a novel and a writer. Keep in mind that this was not published under King's name, it was written and told in a different 'voice' than what KIng was known for. Not all King books please everyone. There's a couple that I wish I could have back the time I spent reading them.
  9. Angelo Bottigliero

    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    Out opinions could not be farther apart. I LOVE Rage and it is most definately a favorite. But obviously, opinions will vary, and to each his own :)
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  10. Terry B

    Terry B Well-Known Member

    I didn't think Rage was still available out there. Never read it.
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  11. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Look for an older paperback copy of The Bachman Books- ck the entries-- should be Rage/ The Long walk/ Roadwork/Running Man. Newer editions do not have Rage.
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  12. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Just picked mine up, I have the one with Rage in it. It's not an old one, but obviously a UK edition. I'm going in for a re-read.
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  13. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    our library still has a copy of The Bachman books with Rage in it,on there shelves.
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  14. Angelo Bottigliero

    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    In Dutch it's called '4x Stephen King' :)
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  15. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    It isn't being included in new printings but as others have mentioned, the ones that were already distributed before Steve rescinded future publication rights are still available on the secondary market or in libraries.
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  16. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Orhere on my bookcase.....
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  17. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    :rofl: No wonder people can't find them!
  18. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I try to snatch them up whenever I find them at a thrift store or used bookstore. Only have one actual 1st printing hardback, which took me over 20 years to find, that's on a different bookcase.
  19. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Early King is a juggernaut. His early published writing is no holds barred, no censorship, no apologies, with the four-barrel carburetor of his imagination wide open. Definitely not for everyone.
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  20. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I'm not an official connoisseur of literature, but I liked Rage as much as most everything by sK I've read. I thought it was pretty well written, not amateurish, very professional, actually.
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