6 comments on “Diabolically Quenching. Back To Black (Part III) : The Wrath Of Alcohol-Addiction @ Stephen King’s “The Shining.”

  1. THE SHINING, by Stephen King, is slowly but surely changing that
    perception. It is regarded in some quarters as King’s best book. I
    am not going to go on and on about how frustrating it must be for
    someone of King’s prolificity and stature to have people think that
    his best novel was written 22 years and 30-some books ago. Or
    rattle on about how his best book has yet to be written. Or rant
    about how THE DARK TOWER tetralogy or
    however-many-books-long-it’s-gonna-be will be the cornerstone of
    his work, his CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, if you will. Nope.

    Let us just say that this is an incredibly strong, well-constructed
    novel, with King using all of the wonderful little literary tools
    and bricks and mortar we love him for.

    In THE SHINING, King introduces his readers to Jack Torrance, his
    wife Wendy, and their son, Danny. Almost immediately, King reveals
    that Jack Torrance is more than a few screws short of a hardware
    store. He is a high school teacher who has just been hired as the
    winter caretaker for The Overlook, a resort hotel in Colorado. A
    caretaker? Well, The Overlook is in a beautiful but isolated
    setting and those Colorado winters really kick butt. As a result
    the hotel is cut off from the rest of the world for five to six
    months, hence the need for a caretaker. So, the hotel management
    hires Torrance: a disgraced teacher and recovering alcoholic with a
    few elements of the sociopath bubbling around beneath the surface
    of his smiling face.

    Now, the Torrances have big plans. Jack figures the isolation of
    the place will be an ideal environment for him to work on his play.
    Wendy, Jack’s loyal and long-suffering wife, is torn between — as
    King so wonderfully puts it — her grief and loss of the past and
    her terror of the future. But she’s strong, this one. And Danny?
    Well, Danny is in the eye of the storm that is their marriage. But
    he’s got a few tricks of his own.

    So the little family moves to The Overlook. And The Overlook
    has…a history. Especially with its winter caretakers.
    It has a personality, a life, all of its own. It is a beautiful
    pastel birthday cake with a razor blade inside. Make that a box of
    razor blades. Jack is ever so susceptible to the influence, the
    malevolent currents of the old hotel as they eddy and sway about
    him, drawing him in, sucking him up. Though, to his credit, he
    initially fights them, he ultimately willingly and joyfully
    embraces them, like a drunken conventioneer would a $10 hooker.
    Wendy knows something is wrong, but initially tries to ignore it.
    And Danny? Well, Danny has “The Shine.” He can sense things no one
    else can. Well, almost no one else. But by the time Wendy and Danny
    get the wake up call, Jack is totally around the bend. And, by the
    way, it’s snowing like crazy.

    People who think more about these types of things than I do believe
    that THE SHINING will still be read, studied and debated 50 years
    from now. Don’t wait that long to read it. Yes, it is a horror
    novel. But, as with most of King’s novels, the true, real horror
    presented is not of a supernatural nature but made up of things we
    visit upon ourselves and each other.

  2. Lisa : yeh!

    Rarong : It is 🙂

    Apit : oh yeah? Saya tak kesempatan nak tengok lagi filem ni..tapi novel dia memang menakutkan tapi menarik! 🙂

    The Book Reporter : gee..thanks!

    Kopiah ; betul..cubalah! 🙂

    dennis : thanks 🙂

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