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Question about The Breathing Method.

Discussion in 'Different Seasons' started by No1FanUK, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. No1FanUK

    No1FanUK Well-Known Member

    In the 'gentlemans clubhouse' in The Breathing Method the main character is thinking about what the place really is & he wants to ask Stevens the butler but he doesn't as hes scared to. He mentions the fact that the books have all got companies printed on that don;t exist, the snooker table, the jukebox. He says at the end that he imagines it being an alien landscape with double suns. Does anyone know anything about what the place could have been as it's bugging me. Thanks
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...it is another of King's "alternate realities"...other worlds that intersect with ours at some level of the Tower-the linchpin of the Universe....
  3. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    You got me there, haven't read this one in a looooooong time. Re-read needed! GNT is right though I think. :)
  4. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Right back atcha!
    Yep, time to re-read that one.
    Each time I read it (how many times?), I see something different.

    And now I see it's schluff time for me.

    G'night one & all.
    Yesterday was a bit of a MF, but today is looking better already.
    Thanks, folks!:biglove:
  5. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    "The Breathing Method" is my favorite novella in Different Seasons. I don't have the book with me so I can't go to the sections where the narrator contemplates the gentlemen's club, so while I won't quibble with The Tall One's interpretation of it, I do think that the facades in the club are there to appease people like exterminators or repairmen. The members of the club congregate there to conduct their own business...in whichever way and world they determine best.

    It's a wonderfully creepy tale, isn't it?
  6. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    The place is storyland, isn't it? Like the Tardis, it's bigger on the inside. It's the pool or well from which stories are spun, like in Lisey's Story--a place that is the physical manifestation of imagination and creativity.
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  7. No1FanUK

    No1FanUK Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the input. I'd like to see a follow up or a spin off from it where someone goes into this altenate world.
  8. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    His short story "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands" takes place in the same setting.
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  9. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    This gentlemans clubhouse....I don't remember much of it but do you think he could have been influenced by the Pickwick papers by Dickens?
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  10. AimesG

    AimesG New Member

    I thought it was a place similar to the Territories in The Talisman (published 2 years later), due to the fact it was dedicated to Straub.
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  11. The Walkin' Dude

    The Walkin' Dude Well-Known Member

    Had the exact same question. I figured it just a strange alternate reality sort of place similar to the levels of the Tower and all that stuff.
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  12. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

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