TITLE: The Body
AUTHOR: Stephen King
Overall: ★★★★★ (5)
Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King’s timeless novella “The Body”—originally published in his 1982 short story collection Different Seasons, and adapted into the 1986 film classic Stand by Me—now available for the first time as a stand-alone publication.
It’s 1960 in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. Ray Brower, a boy from a nearby town, has disappeared, and twelve-year-old Gordie Lachance and his three friends set out on a quest to find his body along the railroad tracks. During the course of their journey, Gordie, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp, and Vern Tessio come to terms with death and the harsh truths of growing up in a small factory town that doesn’t offer much in the way of a future.
A timeless exploration of the loneliness and isolation of young adulthood, Stephen King’s The Body is an iconic, unforgettable, coming-of-age story.
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THE CRITICAL POINTS
WRITING: You already know how I feel about Stephen King’s writing style. He is the whole reason I feel in love with reading and this book is the reason. Actually, it was the movie, Stand by Me, that introduced me to Stephen King in the first place. I was eleven when Stand by Me was released and after seeing the movie, I immediately read the book and I was hooked from that point on.
STORY: If you’re like me, and you’ve read a lot of Stephen King, you’ll be surprised that this one is rather short. Instead of your typical 500+ pages, this short story comes in at just 179 pages. Don’t worry, he doesn’t skimp on the story. I feel like I’ve known Gordie Lachance, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp, and Vern Tessio all my life. King has an amazing way of developing his characters without throwing everything in your face, but instead infusing them in your life.
APPEARANCE: The cover is perfectly illustrated with a depiction of the four boys running across the railroad track bridge. It’s a pivotal scene in the story, and was beautifully filmed in the movie.
MY FAVORITE QUOTE: “Vern’s head jerked bac over his shoulder. The surprise that distorted his face was almost comically exaggerated, written as large as the letters in a Dick and Jane primer. He saw me break into my clumsy, shambling run, dancing from one horribly high crosstie to the next, and knew I wasn’t joking. He began to run himself.”
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