Herman Wouk Is Still Alive

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  • Title: Herman Wouk Is Still Alive
  • Author: Stephen King
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 346
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive”

    1. (Collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams)An excellent story, but bleak and depressingNNECTIONS:Berwick - North Berwick (The Girl Who Loves Tom Gordon) Mars Hill (Dreamcatcher, Blaze)Phil Henreid shares his surname with Gerd Heinreid (The Reach), Lloyd Henreid (The Stand) and Prrivate Heinreid (Apt Pupil)University of Maine, Orono campus (Pet Semetery, IT, The Tommyknockers)Sanford – Stephen King, his wife, Tabitha, and their two children were renting a four-room, second-floor apartment in on 14 [...]

    2. Foi muito bom voltar a ler Stephen King, ainda que tenha sido uma história pequena. É daquelas que se devoram até ao fim , sempre com "o coração nas mãos". Foi uma história dura bem à sua maneira. É sempre macabro quando a violência envolve crianças e aqui foi um bocado forte, mas o autor nunca nos habituou a histórias mornas.Tocou-me de maneira especial o momento em que o homem vai despindo as roupas para com elas tapar os corpos das vitimas. Foi um gesto de ternura a amaciar o horr [...]

    3. Two scenes will stick in my mind:Brenda describing her daughter's pointy chin with the drool coming down it.Jass picking up her baby and nodding yes to Brenda.

    4. The romantic with the depressive. A fascinating read. King gives such personality to his characters in so few words. Characters you can relate to. Pauline and Phil are elderly poets and former lovers, travelling together to a paid performance. They still have feelings for one another, still enjoy each other's company and are enjoying a romantic picnic stop at an old and well known layby. Brenda is depressed, sick of being poor, sick of living in such poverty that when she wins a couple of thousa [...]

    5. Does not go where you think it will. Goes somewhere worse. The stories of two sets of travellers, destined to meet. In one car, a pair of mothers on a vacation with their kids, taking a brief break from desperate poverty. In another, two poets on a romantic drive. Where they meet, tragedy and triumph.(view spoiler)[I actually found the ending gave me mixed feelings, regarding the mothers and their decision to kill themselves and their children. Yes, it's tragic. But so were their lives. True, th [...]

    6. 3.75 starsNo supernatural here, just a look at the darker side of human nature. King comments in his intro that he wrote this as a response to questions he had about the Taconic State Parkway accident. The situation isn't 100% the same—there's another adult in the car, for one thing—and part of the story is told from the perspective of onlookers. But it's a plausible (and bleak) look at the kind of thing that could have happened, the kind of thing that could have been going through Diane Sch [...]

    7. When I get extremely depressed I get the urge to run my car off the road. It's not a pretty urge and it takes my strength to fight it. It's the reason I hesitate to drive over bridges, especially bridges over bodies of water. That being said this book struck a heavy cord with me. I feel like I understand those two women's decision, however horrible. Understand it but definitely do not condone it. When I finished the story I realized I had tears rolling down my face and needed a couple of minutes [...]

    8. One of those stories that makes you put down the book after you've finished it, because you need a little break.King's superb storytelling takes us on a trip (literally) with two poor single mom's who have won some money and are making a roadtrip in a rented van to celebrate. Parallel to this story we meet an elderly couple of poets, having a nice picknick along the road, on their way to a poetry reading. When the two stories meet, the wind is literally sucked out of you as it comes to an icecol [...]

    9. I am getting tired of Stephen King using fake newspaper articles to start or supplement his stories

    10. Have always believed that Stephen King is better with his short stories then his full length novels and this story just. . . adds to that belief. The way he weaves the quiet despair of the women in the van and the golden years contentment of the old poets. . . makes the characters real and distinct in just a few paragraphs is masterful. Then the big King tragedy, so senseless but also. . . well you should have seen it coming, and not just because it's a Stephen King story but because. . . it's i [...]

    11. Found this via a link stating that it was a King worked loosely based on the Diane Schuler case. Some very illustrative moments, but was not into the 'B' plot of the two aging poets/sometimes lovers, even if their arc is what brought about the Herman Wouk 'theme'—if you will.

    12. Oof. I neglected to look at the title image, so I was not prepared for what I ended up reading. This is an ugly story. Not in the sense that it is poorly written or the content is offensive. It's ugly because King is touching on what happens when people feel hopeless. Two young mothers win a bit of extra money, but the windfall doesn't make them happy. It reminds them that things aren't getting better. And so they do something drastic (and their actions are totally spoiled by the title image). H [...]

    13. The book was okay. It just is a fictional retelling of the HBO documentary, "There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane." Stephen King's short raises more questions than it answers. I guess that is like life though, isn't it. Sometimes there aren't any real answers, are there? That is when life just sucks and there isn;t anything the person or people can do about it.

    14. I'll just cut to the chase with this one--I didn't like it. Being King, it was written well, really well. It just didn't click with me. Sure, the characters were believable, relatable, and maybe even likeable, but for some reason, it just didn't sit well.The ending seemed a bit bland to me. In fact, the whole story did. I didn't really get it.

    15. Good solid short story concerning a pair of impoverished single mothers on a weekend getaway and two elderly poets on their way to a joint poetry reading. Really enjoyed it. Non-genre, which of course means it was darker than his horror fiction.

    16. Não fiquei maravilhada com esta hsitória de Stephen king mas não deixa de ter algum interesse ler. Pelo menos não fiquei com a sensação de que a história não tinha tido um bom final ou que faltava explicar mais coisas - que são geralmete os meus comentários quanto aos contos.

    17. The story kept me hooked and wanting to know what was going to happen but the ending fell short for me. What happens is really messed up but why did it happen?

    18. Kind of random. The style that he wrote it in did not do him any favours. Does it make me a bad person for liking what happened to them at the end?

    19. Not a bad story, but depressing in a whole bunch of ways. I read it with the subtext of being scary, but it was entirely not.

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