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Pretty Great,huh?

Discussion in 'Duma Key' started by HollyGolightly, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    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!!!
  3. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    I love the details in a lot of kings works. How you can visulise the whole picture and know the characters.
  4. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Absolutely. From a Buick 8, I was on that smoking bench looking at the shed, Dreamcatcher, could smell those woods... Brilliant stuff.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I'm scared shi*less of lawn jockeys now....
  6. kingzeppelin

    kingzeppelin Member who probably should be COMMITTED!

    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.
  7. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    One of his best.
  8. Ben.

    Ben. Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    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. :)
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  10. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  11. !redruM

    !redruM Semi-Well Known Member

    I'm only about 210 pages in, but so far, the book is surprisingly good! I had my doubts before starting it since I'm used to his stories like Christine, Pet Sematary, etc., so this was a (welcomed and) pleasant surprise!
  12. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    Looks like I need to start a pile of rereads! There is a lot I don't remember about this book. *wanders off to bookshelf*
  13. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Amazing how many books we find ourselves re-reading.
  14. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    I would rather reread a great book than read a crappy book for the first time. And with King, it's like visiting a really good friend after you haven't seen them in awhile.
  15. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Thats so true.
  16. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

  17. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2013
  18. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    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.)
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2013
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  19. Becks19

    Becks19 Well-Known Member

    I am very fond of Duma Key. I have read it several times....In fact, while it is cold and ugly it seems a perfect time for a re-read!! ( Frank I have always loved Escher)
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  20. Garriga

    Garriga Well-Known Member

    I'm reading Duma Key now. Like Bag of Bones, it is a slow read for me. But a good read. This story has potential to be a great film. At least, IMO.

    I don't know about y'all, but the dolls are freaking me out.

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