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Discussion in 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon' started by DexterTan, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. DexterTan

    DexterTan Active Member

    So who else gets a little emotional at the ending?

    Every damn time, I re read the book, the ending just gets me.

    Love the lines such as
    Tricia's puking place, praying to the sub audible and the whole passage of "staring" down the bear
    it's not everyone's idea of a King book but it's certainly one of my favourites. As King said himself, was it in On Writing? It's a situational story. Girl gets lost in woods and then it flows from there.

  2. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I enjoyed the tale. Very evocative, his describing the woods, could picture how scary it would be to be alone there.
  3. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I also liked this book, but as folks here may know by now, put a vulnerable child in danger and have her/him face their fears, and just like that, I'm emotionally tied to them. I was with the losers (especially bev and Ben), Dinah from langoliers, abra from Dr sleep, and very much trisha from '...tom gordon.
  4. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Thought it was amazing. One of those you constantly say, how would I fare out?
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  5. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Re reading this right now.
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  6. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Scary book in that something like that can happen and often does. I don't recall getting emotional at the end but I loved reading the book!
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  7. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    loved the book...easily one of the better ones.

    ...just another great one i need to reread
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  8. DexterTan

    DexterTan Active Member

    The bit where
    Tricia didn't want her dad to leave, and the nurse was exasperated. Just pointing to the cap and then pointing to the sky and the look of understanding on his face....just brilliant
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  9. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    He is amazing in catching kids and youth as no other writer i know. It rings so true in talk, thoughts and everything else. Goes for a lot of his books.
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  10. Waylander

    Waylander Well-Known Member

    To date, this is the only SK book I gave up on. I just found it so slow and dull. It was quite a few years ago now, and I've never been interested in trying again. Reading this thread today is making me think I should perhaps give it another chance. My literary tastes have evolved over the years, growing to encompass different genres and styles. As such, perhaps now is the right time to this "unusual" SK story.
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  11. Mack

    Mack Member

    I'm sorry to say I agree with Waylander. I was sadly underwhelmed by the book. The only SK novel I disliked more than this was Rose Madder. I thought it would be a nice short read, but this novel was just so overdrawn, it simply did not need to be a novel. I thought it would've been better if he had distilled it into a short story or at least a novella. There just wasn't enough backstory to make this a compelling novel, I just wanted it to end. Also, I didn't much care for the character. I've never really found King's child characters very convincing, and this did not change my mind. After the second day roaming the woods, I just didn't care anymore.
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  12. Joanie Kay

    Joanie Kay Well-Known Member

    Agreed. King's primary genius IMHO is capturing and communicating the mind of a very bright child. The only other writer who comes close (IMHO again) is Orson Scott Card in Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow.
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