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Different Seasons (1982) is a collection of four novellas, markedly different in tone and subject, each on the theme of a journey. The first is a rich, satisfying, nonhorrific tale about an innocent man who carefully nurtures hope and devises a wily scheme to escape from prison. The second concerns a boy who discards his innocence by enticing an old man to travel with him into a reawakening of long-buried evil. In the third story, a writer looks back on the trek he took with three friends on the brink of adolescence to find another boy's corpse. The trip becomes a character-rich rite of passage from youth to maturity.
These first three novellas have been made into well-received movies: "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" into Frank Darabont's 1994 The Shawshank Redemption (available as a screenplay, a DVD film, and an audiocassette), "Apt Pupil" into Bryan Singer's 1998 film Apt Pupil (also released in 1998 on audiocassette), and "The Body" into Rob Reiner's Stand by Me (1986).
The final novella, "Breathing Lessons," is a horror yarn told by a doctor, about a patient whose indomitable spirit keeps her baby alive under extraordinary circumstances. It's the tightest, most polished tale in the collection. --Fiona Webster
“To find the secret of his success, you have to compare King to Twain and Poe— King’s stories tap the roots of myth buried in all our minds.”—Los Angeles Times
“Buy Different Seasons. I promise you’ll enjoy it….He creates people who are so alive, you can almost sense them.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make King the consummate storyteller that he is.”—Houston Chronicle
“Hypnotic.”—The New York Times Book Review
Awesome. Only read the shawshank redemption and I plan to read the others. Amazing stories!Published 3 months ago by mikaela oates
Different Seasons was okay. Some of the plots were lame and without meat. Other stories were quite good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rio
I am (re)reading King's works in chronological order. I read this book when it first came out. Up to this point in his career he had proven he was a master of genre fiction, even... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
Interesting stories. Some held my attention better than others. I actually preferred the movie version of shawshank redemption to the book.Published on June 22 2013 by carol anne woods
This book is excellent. It was written years ago, and my origional copy was lost. I bought another at Amazon, and re-read it, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read... Read morePublished on March 12 2011 by aprilrose0048