A haunted hotel, a gifted boy and some scary stuff
One of my favourite non-fiction books on writing is Stephen Kings’s On Writing. I have read two of his smaller novels, like Carrie. But I am so glad I read The Shining. This book is a proof of Stephen King being the best in his business. King is so good in scaring people not with some artificial, formulaic ghost stories but by creating a deep psychological scary chain. In Shining, the characters are brought out perfectly, they are so real. One readily pities with them and gets accustomed with their motives as well.
The story is quite simple. It is about Jack Torrance who has lost his job and so he takes up a job as a caretaker in a hotel called The Overlook. He goes there with his family during the winter, but it seems the hotel has its own mind. (Spoiler Alert) Things turn out to be different in the hotel. His son Danny has the shine( can see visions), he understands the terrible past of the hotel. Jack Torrance has been a drunkard, and he had vowed he would never drink. But the hotel makes his do ‘the bad thing.’
The rest of the action is how Danny and his mother escape from Jack and Overlook. But this book kept me awake at night. Really scary.
If you haven’t read any of King’s novel then this novel will be a perfect introduction to his horror world. From critical point of view it also shows the power of addiction, and how it can ruin a persons life. Doctor Sleep is the sequel to this novel–I would be reading it pretty soon I guess.
Some brilliant lines from the book:
“The world’s a hard place, Danny. It don’t care. It don’t hate you and me, but it don’t love us, either. Terrible things happen in the world, and they’re things no one can explain. Good people die in bad, painful ways and leave the folks that love them all alone. Sometimes it seems like it’s only the bad people who stay healthy and prosper. The world don’t love you, but your momma does and so do I.”
“He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to.”
I think all mothers shine a little, you know, at least until their kids grow up enough to watch out for themselves.”