The Talisman (Book Review)…

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The Talisman” by Stephen King and Peter Straub: a story about a boy named Jack who meets a friend (Speedy) who lets him in on a little secret—there are other worlds and he can travel them. He also tells Jack that he can save his mother (who is dying of cancer) but he has to leave at once. I’m not as familiar with Straub’s catalog as I am with King’s but I can tell you they deliver the quality I am accustomed to from King. The storytelling is excellent and engaging, and even though certain parts become a little wordy I never felt like it detracted (too much) from the book. Sometimes King’s enjambed constructions distracted the mood, but that’s more of a preference thing. I loved the story, and they wrote the tale of a boy on a journey to save his mother (and himself) very well. I felt Jack learning, adapting, growing and changing. Screenwriter Robert McKee said: “A story is series of events building toward irrevocable change,” and I felt the change occur within Jack as he pulled from reserves of strength he didn’t know how had. His time with friend “Wolf” touched my heart and generated emotional pull, and the imaginative aspects of fantasy and phantasm were there, but overall I was left wanting. Not because they were bad, but because I felt there was much more potential buried inside the story. As I sometimes notice with novels, the last third felt a little rushed to me—almost like they were approaching a word limitation and needed to bring the adventure to a close (namely with/on the train ride west). I also would have preferred a little more moral revelation to knit the tale together. King often writes of goodness and evil and the light overtaking the darkness—I’m always waiting for him to discuss the underlying ethos. But that’s okay, he prefers  to tell the story and leave the rest open to interpretation.

A fantastic read. Approximately 800 pages in length, typical of a King novel.

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by: Roman Newell


Synopsis
Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman—the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.

In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away—and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth—most notably Queen Laura DeLoessian, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.

An unforgettable epic of adventure and resounding triumph, The Talisman is one of the most influential and highly praised works of fantasy ever written.


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