Body Paperback – Jun 1 1995
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The disturbing juxtaposition of four young boys and a corpse already makes Stephen King's THE BODY a tremendous thriller. In the hands of one of the most masterful narrators in the audiobook industry, it is truly chilling. This is the tale that inspired the film STAND BY ME, which audiences might recall as spooky but sweet. Offering very little of its sweetness, Frank Muller maintains the ominous undertones of the film while accurately representing the youthful spiritedness of the four boys. R.A.P. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Now for what I like very much about this novella. It is a combination of the ancient epic of "Gilgamesh" (why must men die?), the "Odyssey" (a series of harrowing adventures leading to self-awareness), "Huckleberry Finn" (male bonding), and "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (incipient author learns about life). Add to that list any of the thousands that fit the bill, and you have a very derivative work. But so is "Hamlet" and therefore the derivations are not necessarily a Bad Thing.
The youngsters who take the Great Journey to find the corpse that gives this work its title are not particularly desirable beings; but King is careful to show how little choice they had in their development up to that point in their lives. On the other hand, they are utterly believable, which puts them many notches above characters in other King novels, let alone most novels by any author.Read more ›