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  • Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671024248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671024246
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 534 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mom is impoverished, and so bitter that she barely loves him. King is as good as Spielberg or Steven Millhauser at depicting an enchanted kid's-eye view of the world, and his Harwich is realistically luminous to the tiniest detail: kids bashing caps with a smoke-blackened rock, a car grille "like the sneery mouth of a chrome catfish," a Wild Mouse carnival ride that makes kids "simultaneously sure they were going to live forever and die immediately."

Bobby's mom takes in a lodger, Ted Brautigan, who turns the boy on to great books like Lord of the Flies. Unfortunately, Ted is being hunted by yellow-jacketed men--monsters from King's Dark Tower novels who take over the shady part of town. They close in on Ted and Bobby, just as a gang of older kids menace Bobby and his girlfriend, Carol. This pointedly echoes the theme of Lord of the Flies (the one book King says he wishes he'd written): war is the human condition. Ted's mind-reading powers rub off a bit on Bobby, granting nightmare glimpses of his mom's assault by her rich, vile, jaunty boss. King packs plenty into 250 pages, using the same trick Bobby discerns in the film Village of the Damned: "The people seemed like real people, which made the make-believe parts scarier."

Vietnam is the otherworldly horror that haunts the remaining four stories. In the title tale, set in 1966, University of Maine college kids play the card game Hearts so obsessively they risk flunking out and getting drafted. The kids discover sex, rock, and politics, become war heroes and victims, and spend the '80s and '90s shell-shocked by change. The characters and stories are crisscrossed with connections that sometimes click and sometimes clunk. The most intense Hearts player, Ronnie Malenfant ("evil infant"), perpetrates a My Lai-like atrocity; a nice Harwich girl becomes a radical bomber. King's metaphor for lost '60s innocence is inspired by Donovan's "sweet and stupid" song about the sunken continent, and his stories hail the vanished Atlantis of his youth with deep sweetness and melancholy intelligence. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By "Atlantis," King means the 1960s, that otherworldly decade that, like the fabled continent, has sunk into myth. By "hearts," he means not just the seat of love but the card game, which figures prominently in the second of the five scarcely linked narratives in this full-bodied but disjointed omnibus, King's third (after Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight). The stories proceed chronologically, from 1960 to 1999. The first, the novel-length "Low Men in Yellow Coats," is the most traditionally King: an alienated youth, Bobby Garfield, is befriended by a new neighbor, the elderly Ted Brautigan, who introduces him to literature and turns out to be on the run from villainous creatures from another time/dimension. A potent coming-of-age tale, the story connects to King's Dark Tower saga. The novella-length title entry, set in 1966 and distinguished by a bevy of finely etched characters, concerns a college dorm whose inhabitants grow dangerously addicted to hearts. The last three pieces are short stories. "Blind Willie," set in 1983, details the penance paid by a Vietnam vet for a wartime sin, as does "Why We're in Vietnam." The concluding tale, "Heavenly Shades of Night Falling," revives Bobby and provides closure. Sometimes the stories feel like experiments, even exercises, and they can wear their craft on their sleevesAin the way the game of hearts symbolizes the quagmire of Vietnam, for instance, or in how each narrative employs a different prose style, from the loose-limbed third-person of "Low Men" to the tighter first-person of "Hearts," and so on. With about ten million published words and counting, King probably can write a seductive story in his sleep and none of these artful tales are less; but only the title story rivals his best work and, overall, the volume has a patchy feel, and exudes a bittersweet obsession with the past that will please the author's fellow babyboomersAKing nails the '60s and its legacyAbut may make others grind their teeth.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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this is a very interesting book and a pretty unique book from stephen King. I have read many books from him and why people consider him a horror writer is beyond me. This book is, nevertheless, verygood. I think that it does a very good job at transporting you to the time in which it takes place. the characters are very good and King's attention to detail in this book (which I have now come to expect) Is very enjoyable for me for reasons that I have no idea. It is very well written, anyway, and it is a very entertaining story, or set of stories, anyway. If you have seen the movie but have not yet read the book, this book is much better and is very different than the movie. Many things were taken out of the movie(for good reasons) and certain things were just changed, I'm assuming to make the movie more interesting, but I think that it failed. And certain things that were cut out of the movie I don't think should have been,(For instance, the part in which Bobby is nearly assraped by a perverted man in the park while feeding birds, which would have been a pretty interesting scene I think) Anyway, I 'm getting bit off topic right now,but I think that I've made my opinion clear enough.
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