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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. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    LOL! Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice, Angelo!
  2. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Never understood the big whoop over Catcher myself.
  3. Speedygi81

    Speedygi81 Well-Known Member

    Update :I just hit more than the halfway mark and am finishing the story soon, and I'm starting to enjoy it a little more, with the police making the appearance haha. Not too bad, not too bad.
  4. Speedygi81

    Speedygi81 Well-Known Member

    Finally finished it, hah, surprising ending, never would I have thought of it in a million years. Truly SK even if he did hide it with. a pen name
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  5. This is the only Bachman book i have yet to read. As it stands Roadwork holds the #1 spot with running man at a close second. As much as i love Regulators it just never felt like a bachman book to me. I think it's because of some of the minor supernatural elemants. It's been awhile since i read it but i swear there is a scene where the boy
    levitates and floats across the room???

    Amazing book....it just feels out of place with the other Bachman stuff.

    Heck...i think i might start rage before mr mercedes hit's the shelf! =)
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  6. Kingfisher

    Kingfisher Well-Known Member

    'Rude and offensive'.

    That's a quandary. I never really found King's work to be, well, beholden to personal standards but his own or morals. They're stories, and if they touch upon the rude or offensive, that's life. Life may be a heavenly green garden, or a city river overrun with sewage and trash. The world is beautiful and ugly. Sweet or sour. So too, can a book be.
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  7. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    I just finished it and largely, though not entirely, agree. It reminded me of the moral obtuseness of Salinger. The one thing I appreciate the most about King is his surprising moral clarity. I thought that was missing in this story. I thought the writing was good, not great. The story was not compelling. I doubt very much that kids would react the way described. But like so much in life, "eat the meat, spit out the bones."

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  8. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Remember, this is Bachman: unpolished, rude, offensive and yet tense at the same time. Add to this uncensored, grossed-out and unapologetic. Not everyone's cup of tea (or coffee).
  9. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    It helps to be a 17 year-old male when you first read it. It's all angst, hormones, alienation, rejection, hate, more hormones, more angst. I was around that age when I first read it, I totally identified with the character. High school can be hell sometimes, and this one taps into that vibe. Loved it then, still have affection for it.
  10. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Well . . . I won't speak to the voice of the story, you don't have to like the character if you don't want to, but what the voice says certainly resonates.

    These stories -- one way or another -- all seem to be about being (or feeling) alone in a crowd; or trying not to be alone in a crowd; or not understanding whether you should be in the crowd or not; or if the crowd should exist at all; or if you exist at all.

    Seems to me those are confusing questions for people (particularly Charlie and Ray Garraty) who aren't even old enough to know who they are yet.



    And for good reason.
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  11. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Wow, I thought Rage was an awesome story when I first read it years ago and I thought it was an awesome story last year when I read it again. If that isn't art, then I'm not interested in finding out what art is supposed to look like.

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