Book Review: The Shining

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Book: The Shining
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Price: Rs.450 MRP.

Jack Torrance, teacher and aspiring writer, has an alcoholic past which makes his lose his temper and turns out to be the reason why he is out of job, with his family on the verge of falling apart.

This is when he takes up the position of caretaker at “The Overlook” hotel. He moves into this hotel with his wife and five year son. Danny, Jack’s son, has telepathic ability which enables him to communicate at a very different level than him. The hotel’s already violent past enables certain forces to make Danny use his abilities. However, when they are unable to do so, the so called “ghosts” in the hotel start possessing Jack and encourage him to kill his wife and son. As the possession grows stronger and combines with Jack’s rage, what is bound to follow is nothing less than chaos and havoc. This disruption and mayhem will be best expressed, and experienced once you read the book.

What Works

The descriptions are mind blowing. You will be able to view the gardens, the hallways, the passages, the rooms and the hotel exactly as Stephen King wants you to. This is what makes it realistic experience. If you are strong of heart, you might not find it scary but it certainly has the capability to create that tense, thrilling atmosphere which will have you on the edge of your seats and make you jump at hearing even a pin drop.

What Doesn’t

The kid, Danny, is supposed to be 5 years old but at times the dialogue or his conversations are written in a way wherein you might question whether a kid as small as him can speak in this way. The book unfolds its plot slowly before the actual action starts kicking in. Other than this the book has got a smooth flow.

To read or not to read

Just one word – creepy! This one was recommended and I will pass on the recommendation to those who do not mind spending sleepless nights finishing this book. Go get your copy and start reading. This one has a movie by same name and a sequel too. One advice I received and I quote, “Ensure you empty your bladder before going to bed because hallways, stairs, empty passages, or merely being alone is going to give you the chills.”

Apurva Tupdale

Apurva Tupdale

Apurva is an Oxford graduate, who loves reading and writing. Currently, she is working as a Secretary of various head of departments with ICICI Securities Ltd. Through her blog "Appie's Place", she portray her views, poems and the random things which she find amusing. She reviews books that will help you find your "read-me" perfect book to whichever mood you are in.

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