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HollyGolightly

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Sep 6, 2013
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Heart of the South
#1
This one is new enough that I remember it! Loved it, and I think we got to hear about Sai King's torturous battle through his accident and the fallout - mayhap. I was introduced to an artist I'd never paid any attention to (Dali) and forced to ponder our world of idols and Gods and such. A brilliant novel! I like to drink green tea on the beach too! And as always, vibrant characters and details. I always feel like I'm living right along with everyone in the novel when I read King. It makes me a little hard to be around sometimes.
 

kingzeppelin

Member who probably should be COMMITTED!
Apr 15, 2012
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Oxfordshire, UK
#6
This one is new enough that I remember it! Loved it, and I think we got to hear about Sai King's torturous battle through his accident and the fallout - mayhap. I was introduced to an artist I'd never paid any attention to (Dali) and forced to ponder our world of idols and Gods and such. A brilliant novel! I like to drink green tea on the beach too! And as always, vibrant characters and details. I always feel like I'm living right along with everyone in the novel when I read King. It makes me a little hard to be around sometimes.

I loved the vivid description of the beach of shells under "Big Pink" moving in the breakers. I could hear them in my head, great stuff and superb writing.
 

Ben.

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#8
I've always thought that Duma Key is somewhat underrated. I think it's the most visual of all of his works. That could be because art and colour are such important things themselves within the novel. I loved the "How to Draw a Picture" segments and the scene where
Perse kills off most of Elizabeth's family on the beach
is one of his best written.
 

Walter Oobleck

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Mar 6, 2013
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#9
I liked the "How to Draw a Picture" sections...they could be collected and added to On Writing. This is the only story I've listened to on audio and I've no clue what possessed me when I picked it off the...shelf?...bin?...I think it was a bin, middle of the aisle, where it did not belong...where someone I thought later, must have left it, second thoughts I guess. I liked the narrator's presentation of this one. I especially liked his presentation of Elizabeth. He didn't try to speak in the voice of a woman...but nevertheless, I heard an old lady speak when he spoke. Those sneakers, too. :)
 

Lisey Landon

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May 20, 2009
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Germany
#10
Wonderful book, and everytime I think about it I can picture that beach in my head. His writing of colour in that story is so evocative!!!
I feel the same about this book. Just thinking about it, it feels like I can almost smell the beach. I am not a visual person when I read, normally I am more emotional. But with this book, I can see it all in front of me.

Come to think of it, after I read Duma Key, I have become more visual when reading other books as well. Didn't realize that until just now. :)
 

blunthead

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Aug 2, 2006
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Atlanta GA
#17
...I was introduced to an artist I'd never paid any attention to (Dali)...

As a teen my favorite painter was Salvador Dali. The above is one of my favorites. Duma Key inspired me to pink up my paint brush and paint again - after decades of not exercising my talent. I've found there are times when it seems I grew up with sK, like he's my big brother. His favorite movie as a kid was the same as mine. He talks about Dali and describes painting so expertly. sK las a magical, personal quality for me, and of course, for most of us.
 
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blunthead

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Aug 2, 2006
80,756
195,358
Atlanta GA
#18

Another favorite of mine, Tuna Fishing or The Tunny Catch, 1967 (at the approximate center of the canvas is a very small homage to MCEscher. Considering that the canvas's actual height is about 14 feet, the homage to Escher in this image is probably invisible.)
 
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