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Bobby Garfield's father had been one of those fellows who start losing their hair in their twenties and are completely bald by the age of forty-five or so. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King, at his best July 6 2004
By niara
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This review will be short and sweet: I loved this book. I loved this book so much that I refused to see the film adaptation with Anthony Hopkins out of love for the words and not to be betrayed by the screen. It is absolutely brilliant. I have been reading Stephen King since the 8th Grade with Salem's Lot and this is by far, the absolute best that he has written. I finished this and Bag of Bones back-to-back and I honestly believe King is writing the best he ever has. Beautiful. Poignant. When the boy received the flower petals in the mail, it nearly brought me to my knees. I was truly, truly sorry when I finished it. I just wanted it to go on and on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 1 2014
By Charles
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the least "spooky" books by King. Anyone growing up in North America in the 60s or 70s can relate in some manner to the main theme of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super March 1 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book was one of the best books I ever read.D'ont you know that they made a movie out of the book?Yes but the book is devided in 4 different epoques,and the movie is about his childhood .It a great movie too but the book is better coz you know when they make a movie out of a book ,the book still the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a big thriller fan, and this is not a thriller. I want to read more king books because of this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great King read June 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Everything who has read King knows his writing is flowing and easy to read. This book is NOT a horror story! It is a great coming of age/relationship story of a young boy and an old guy. Actually, it is three stories in one book but they all relate to each other in the end. The Film which was made was based on the first story mainly. I liked it, read it in less than 3 days and also enjoyed the movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars PEACE LOVE AND FLOWER POWER June 8 2004
This is one of Stephen King's TAKE ME AS A SERIOUS WRITER novels. During his prolific and supersonic career, King has given us some of the best "horror" novels of our time: "It" "Carrie" "Dead Zone" "Salem's Lot", etc. Years ago, he decided he wanted to be more than just a genre writer so he gave us "Different Seasons" and "Four Past Midnight," and "Nightmares and Dreamscapes." HEARTS IN ATLANTIS is the least impressive of all the King books I've read and I've read them all! Divided into five different sections, King weaves tales of psychodrama and Vietnam War drama. The first story (the longest) is the one about Bobby Hatfield and his encounter with Ted Brautigan and the low people in yellow coats. At times mesmerizing and frightening, it still is pretentious and overly talkative at times. Characters are established and King continues his deft handling of bringing us multidimensional characters. But at this part's end, we're still not sure of just who Ted is, and unless you've read THE DARK TOWERS, King's self-congratulatory epic series, you will be lost.
The second part is about as electrifying as a gas lantern; we meet Pete Riley and some other King-like characters, we're reintroduced to Carol Gerber from part one, and the whole story focuses on the addiction to the card game, Hearts, with antiwar sentiment thrown in for creative balance, or imbalance.
In the third story, one of the characters from part one leads a triple life and poses as a blind man. Ho hum. Next we meet Sully again, and this time he encounters objects falling from the sky during a traffic jam. Woah..where did this come from? And finally we meet Bobby again who meets Carol again and who tells us Ted has something planned.
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2.0 out of 5 stars King alienates his readers May 22 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fortunately, I had read the Dark Tower series before I read this book, but after I finished it, I thought to myself that King was really alienating anybody who hadn't. I've always thought it was ridiculous to interconnect novels that aren't part of the same series, because if Joe Reader picks up one of your novels, thinking that it's a stand-alone, he'll be sorely disappointed and confused when he learns that in order to understand it, he had to have read several books that are part of a separate series.
Okay Dark Tower connection, followed by several hundred pages of dull college antics that serve to remind readers that King really has forgotten what it was like to be a college student.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King: Experienced and Flawed, but good May 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I initially picked up the hardcover of this novel off a B Dalton bookstore due to the ultra low, bargain price of 6.99 (as opposed to $20+), and the fact that it was a King novel definitely added a plus to that purchase. I quickly found out about the plot of the book online, including the fact that it was tied to the Dark Tower series. Such a fact made me excited and pushed me to read it. After finally finishing it two nights ago, I find myself both gratified and yet somewhat dissappointed.
The first story "Low Men in Yellow Coats" is pure gold, and I can see why the film adapatation would pick this story in particular as its plot (although I still need to see it sometime). The relationships between Bobby Garfield, his mother Liz, his first love Carol, his friend Sully, and especially his close friendship with the old man Ted Brautigan make this story pull you in like a powerful magnet and not let you go until the end. At many points of the story, I felt myself emotionally attached to much of what went on, even losing my cool a bit from time to time (just a bit ;) ). The plot does well to tie into the Dark Tower series (of which I'm between books 4 and 5 at the moment), and yet keeps itself to what's ultimately important in "Low Men," in how Bobby handles the conflicts thrown at him. This story alone makes the book worth a read, especially for DT enthustiasts.
Unfortunately, King put his best story first, and left the other four as a fizzle down to the end. It wasn't necessarily that I didn't enjoy the stories, it just felt like half the time King was dragging on and not going to the action quickly enough. It's not as if King is a slow author (incinuating a waste of words), but he can leave a reader thinking "why does this matter at all? Just go on!!
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