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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three: (The Dark Tower #2) Kindle Edition

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Elaborating at great length on Robert Browning's cryptic narrative poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," the second volume of King's post-Armageddon epic fantasy presents the equally enigmatic quest of Roland, the world's last gunslinger, who moves through an apocalyptic wasteland toward the Dark Tower, "the linchpin that holds all of existence together." Although these minor but revealing books (which King began while still in college) are full of such adolescent portentousness, this is livelier than the first. Roland enters three lives in the alternate world of New York City: junkie and drug runner Eddie Dean, schizophrenic heiress Odetta Holmes and serial murder Jack Mort. If King tells us too little about Roland, he gives us too much about these misfits who are variously healed or punished exactly as expected. Typically, King is much better at the minutiae and sensations of a specific physical world, and several such bravura sequences (from an attack by mutant lobsters to a gun store robbery) are standouts amid the characteristic headlong storytelling. BOMC alternate.
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King is a master at creating living, breathing, believable characters. -- Baltimore Sun

This quest is one of King's best...communicates on a genuine, human level...but rich in symbolism and allegory. -- Columbus Dispatch

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1650 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (Aug. 5 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ISK55A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
Stephen King's Dark Tower series has become a modern classic, with its gritty imagination and mix of fantasy and horror. "The Drawing of the Three" is an expansive follow-up to "The Gunslinger," but it's a bit slow and too devoted to setting up the main quest of the series.
Roland of Gilead wakes up on a beach, surrounded by carnivorous lobster creatures that manage to bite off fingers and part of his foot. Sick and possibly dying, he stumbles away and collapses. But he still has to find and "draw" two people to assist him in his quest for the Dark Tower. He finds a door that leads him into our world, and inside the head of Eddie Dean, a young junkie/drug smuggler. Eddie reluctantly allows Roland's voice to guide him, as his beloved brother is murdered and his drug deal self-destructs.
As Eddie goes cold turkey, Roland starts to pursue the second person: Odetta Holmes, a beautiful African-American civil-rights activist, who lost her legs when someone pushed her off a train platform. She is also schizophrenic -- she has a second personality, the foul-mouthed, psychotic Detta. Now Roland and Eddie are stuck with a woman who can turn into a malevolent killer at any moment. And now Roland pursues Jack Mort -- and runs into a familiar face from his past.
"The Drawing of the Three" is almost very good, but not quite. Unlike "The Gunslinger," this is pretty obviously a bridge between the first and third books, setting up the scene for the rest of the series. So it's rather awkward at times, as King tries to write a story around his formative characters. In that, he does a pretty good job.
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Format: Hardcover
In the seond book of the Dark Tower series, we find that Roland is on a beach. I have to admit myself that the prologue was a bit of a drag to read through, and it made lose a little interest in the rest of the book, but i kept reading nevertheless.
And im glad i did, because if i didnt i would have missed out on all the excitement. These books are unlike all of kings other work, but thats a good thing. He is portraying a Fantasy/Adventure - with a touch of mild horror - side of him.
Soon Roland comes across the first door. This is when the book starts to become the masterpiece that it is. Believe me! He goes through the door, and finds that he is looking through someone elses eyes. He realises that he can influence this person to do what he wants.
So, to be brief - Roland gets what he needs for now, but that is only the first "drawing". He has to more to draw, two more to join him on his quest, with loads of twists, suspense and adventure.
Hopefully you will find, as i did, that towards the end of the book you dont want it to end. I like the characters a lot and really found the book heart warming at times. This book is a must for all!!! Dont even think about it - just buy the book.
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This is the second part of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series, his magnum opus of sorts, a long, mythic tale that is a blend of fantasy, science fiction, and horror (King's trademark). Like many writers who want to write an epic work, King was inspired to do so by "The Lord of the Rings", although "The Dark Tower" is a very different breed of story. I read part I, "The Gunslinger" in the summer of 2002, as part of my own quest to read all types of popular modern literature that attempt to be epic or mythic in scope. I waited so long to read part II because I wasn't sure if I wanted to. The Gunslinger impressed upon me the fantastic range of King as a storyteller and mythmaker, but the variety of vulgarity and just plain weirdness that dot the landscape of his writing almost turned me off. I'm glad now it didn't, as I see that King, in his own way, has a healthy respect for Christianity (something to which anyone who has seen or read "The Green Mile" can attest), and he is interested, (again, in his own strange way) with finding God. The hero of the story is Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger of a dying world that is not our own. His quest is for the Dark Tower, which is "the linchpin that holds all of existence together", binding all possible worlds in reality. I'm not sure, but I think I have detected veiled references that a quest for the Dark Tower is almost a quest for God, since it is only He that can sit in the top chamber of the Tower. I could be wrong on this, as King, like any good writer, keeps the reader in relative darkness as to how the whole thing ends, or even to the nature of the quest itself. "The Drawing of the Three" wasn't quite as morally offensive as part I, and was a much more coherent and absorbing yarn. I'm hooked now, and as the final and seventh volume of the series comes nearer to its September publishing date, it looks like I won't have to wait too long to finish it.
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The Drawing of the Three is the second book in the Dark Tower saga, which is of course, the greatest series of books ever written. This volume introduces Eddie Dean, Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker, and Jack Mort.
Eddie Dean is a heroin junkie from the 1980's.
Odetta Holmes is a civil rights activist from the 1960's, and Detta Walker is her dark half.
Jack Mort is a serial killer from the 1970's.
The second stanza continues the tale of Roland, the last of the Gunslingers who continues his trek towards the Dark Tower. He happens upon three doors standing freely along the beach. The doors open onto three different times in "our" world, out of which, Roland draws his three...(sort of)
The tale itself is very well written, and the dialogue is far superior to the original text from the Dark Tower I. This is where the course of Roland's story really begins to take its shape. From the first paragraph, picking up six hours after Roland's palaver with the Man in Black, the book moves forward at an almost un-relenting pace. Anyone who likes to read period, will enjoy this book.
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