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Duma Key

Format:  Paperback,

769 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: Oct 2008

ISBN-13: 9781416552963

ISBN-10: 1416552960

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No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...
A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.
""Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch."
"Take it up again. You need hedges... hedges against the night.""
Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.
The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.

Specifications

Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: Oct 2008
ISBN-13: 9781416552963
ISBN-10: 1416552960
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 769
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.5 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of King, Stephen

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration.

Three months later, he received a $2, 500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success.

The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print.

Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Throught the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-01-01)

Construction multimillionaire Edgar Freemantle has a violent side. After he loses his right arm in a critical work accident, Pam, his wife of more than 29 years, asks him for a divorce. In a spurt of anger, Edgar uses his remaining limb to stab Pam with a plastic knife. Heeding the advice of his therapist, Edgar packs up and leaves Minnesota for some psychological rehabilitation along the Florida Gulf Coast on the undeveloped island of Duma Key. There aren't many other residents, and Edgar quickly begins to discover the hidden family mystery of the elderly Elizabeth Eastlake, who owns most of the island's houses.

In his new rental home, Edgar begins to experiment with drawing and painting, sometimes in a frenzied manner, as if controlled by some outside source. As Edgar's artwork begins to bloom, the haunted mysteries of Elizabeth's past unfold. While not alike in plot, this book has a feel of such books as Bag of Bones and the more recent Lisey's Story and is essential for any popular fiction or King collection.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/07.] - Carolann Curry, Macon, GA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2007-09-01)

Horribly injured in a construction-site accident and so edgy that his wife demands a divorce, self-made millionaire Edgar Freemantle heads for Florida's Duma Key and starts to paint. But his artwork seems to take on a life of its own.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Bram Stoker Awards, 2008 (United States)
  • Audie Award, 2009 (United States)

Book description

No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...

A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure", a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.

"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"

"I used to sketch".

"Take it up again. You need hedges... hedges against the night".

Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 8reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Excellent reading for adults Stephen King under this and other names is one of the most prolific horror writers of our times. He is a master in weaving into new books, threads of his previous stories. You can't put it down, so the entry below about how often I use the product is obvious. 06/17/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wonderful!!! I loved this book. I could not put it down. There was times I would wake up at 3 am and stop reading at 11 am. I would recommend this book to anyone. Now when I see a beach picture it reminds me of this book. 03/08/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Nice paperback for the collection My wife has a Nook reader,but she still likes the idea of having books too read.For the price you can't go wrong. 12/30/2011
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Duma Key As always Steven King delivers a great read! He has a way of developing the characters that pulls you in, and make you want to believe. You feel like they are your friends and that you are right there, in the dark, hearing the same voices and getting your pant scared off with them.Definitely worth the money! 01/19/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by A MUST READ! This is a book that you wont be able to put down!! I love his writing and it is his "Normal" far fetched what if book... This makes a great gift for any King reader... Cant wait to get his new one....The ending leads to a possible 2 book!!! 11/28/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Fantastic! once again the master has outdone himself! this book is so great that i haven't finished reading it yet because i don't want to get to the end just yet. i have no clue how the story is going to end and i love that!! 11/16/2008
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