Sunday, August 3, 2008

“Duma Key” by Stephen King

Duma Key” by Stephen King
2008, Scribner
ISBN: 978-1-4165-5251-2

Duma Key” by Stephen King is a fabulous read. Edgar Freemantle is the hero, though there are actually several heroes in this story, Edgar is the first we meet. The story revolves around him too. He’s a contractor; a very successful contractor in the life before things happen. He has an accident and he loses his right arm. Other bad things have happened to the man too. His speech is disordered, he’s got pain that won’t stop, he can hardly walk; life sucks. His marriage begins to dissolve quickly. As I said, life sucks for Edgar Freemantle.

But, he decides to move to Florida, to Duma Key, to heal up and it is at Duma Key where the rest of this story takes place.

Phantom limbs. You’ve heard of them. Well, Edgar’s right arm starts itching. He begins to draw. To create. To form. To waken and inadvertently bring back to life a horror that has patiently lain in wait for a very, very long time.

I don’t want to give away any more of the story. It’s classic King. You’ve got lots of good guys. You’ve got the bad guys and you’ve got an incredible understanding of human beings and what makes them tick.

Enjoy it. I surely did.


Ken Armstrong said...

Nice review.

I'm a big King fan and I read this recently.

These days, I find that SK writes so convincingly about real life things like pain and loss and human relationships that I get a bit disappointed when the inevitable supernatural element turns up.

It took a lot of pages before it turned up in this one but I found it a bit similar to previous works when it finally did.

I kind of wish he'd write a book without the ghouls, just once.

torasham said...

i love Stephen books..but it is very hard to looking for Stephen's book. well i must awaiting for this book. thank you for reviewing a new book from Stephen King.