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EPUB ⛏ Stagioni diverse ã Un quartetto di racconti in bilico tra l orrore e l avventura, l incubo e la fantasia Il riscatto di un uomo condannato ingiustamente per omicidio Il morboso rapporto tra un adolesecnte e un ex nazista Quattro ragazzini alla ricerca del cadavere di un coetaneo Una donna che partorisce in circostanze surreali Quattro storie da brivido, agghiaccianti e paradossali, che hanno per protagonisti mostri moderni Best book by Stephen King That s a question I might answer differently from month to month, but for today, I ve got Different Seasons Published in 1982, the book consists of four novellas each in the 25,000 35,000 word range , any of which might be considered one of King s better novels if expanded and published separately You might have heard of a couple of these Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption Hope Springs Eternal chronicles the internment of Andy Dufrense, a banker sentenced Best book by Stephen King That s a question I might answer differently from month to month, but for today, I ve got Different Seasons Published in 1982, the book consists of four novellas each in the 25,000 35,000 word range , any of which might be considered one of King s better novels if expanded and published separately You might have heard of a couple of these Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption Hope Springs Eternal chronicles the internment of Andy Dufrense, a banker sentenced to life in 1948 for the double murder of his wife and her lover, coldly maintaining his innocence to the end Andy befriends one of the hoosegow s best smugglers an Irishman named Red who narrates Andy s beguiling rise from cold fish to resident financial wizard, ultimately laundering ill gotten gains by the prison s Bible thumping warden, Samuel Norton Andy uses his status to build the best prison library in Maine, but when he uncovers evidence that could prove his innocence, the warden responds with an iron fist In 1975, Andy escapes into thin air Apt Pupil Summer of Corruption takes place in the community of Santa Donato, CA A thirteen year old student athlete named Todd Bowden confronts his elderly neighbor Arthur Denker, accusing the reclusive German immigrant of being Kurt Dussander, a Nazi fugitive known as The Blood Fiend of Patin Todd made the connection due a newly discovered and deeply disturbing obsession with World War II atrocities He blackmails Dussander into telling him every detail about the concentration camps As Todd s All American life is plagued by nightmares and plunging grades, he becomes dependent on Dussander to help him out of his academic misdeeds, culminating in a battle of wills between master and pupil The Body Fall From Innocence unfolds in Castle Rock, Maine in 1960, a week before the commencement of a new school term Twelve year old budding writer Gordie Lachance and his friends whip smart thug Chris Chambers, foolhardy Teddy Duchamp and dim witted Vern Tessio light out into the woods of Harlow, where Vern has learned a missing boy named Ray Bower, struck dead on the railroad tracks while picking berries, rests In their quest to see a dead body and perhaps grow into men by solving Bower s disappearance, the boys contend with a fabled dog who guards Castle Rock Dump, a dangerous train trestle spanning the Castle River, a pool teeming with leeches and Ace Merrill and his gang, who claim dibs over Bower when they reach him at the same time the younger boys do The Breathing Method A Winter s Tale is narrated by a middle aged lawyer named David, who on a blustery night on Christmas Eve s eve in New York City in the 1970s, arrives at the brownstone which hosts an unnamed club of which David is a member The club consists of littlethan polite, gray haired old gentlemen, scotch, an extensive and mysterious reading library and most of all, storytelling On this night, David recounts a tale spun by Dr Emlyn McCarron involving a stoic unwed mother whose baby came due Christmas 1935, the radical Lamaze style breathing method the young physician advised she employ during her delivery and the uncanny preservation of the human body and spirit in the most dire of circumstances If you ve ever subscribed to cable TV, or been to someone s house who has a TV on, you probably know that the spring, summer and fall novellas have been adapted into one classic movie released as The Shawshank Redemption in 1994 , one intriguing if flawed movie Apt Pupil, released in 1998 and another classic movie released as Stand By Me in 1986 Screen rights to The Breathing Method were picked up in 2012, no doubt due to the marketing potential the other three tales offer.While a movie version of a Stephen King story isn t news thirty five have been done for film or TV so far, with varying success what makes Different Seasons my favorite King book is the transportive ability of the storytelling Each story, each chapter, each page fired a piston in my imagination and had my eyes racing down the page A prison escape, a battle between master and pupil, a boyhood adventure into the woods and the power of the expectant mother are four types of stories I can t resist pregnant characters may not have inspired any sub genre of fiction that I know of, but I find these characters radiant nonetheless King isn t a Great Writer, at least not at this stage of his career You get plain language, you get repetition, you get hurried editing and you get narrative elements that filmmakers have been able to improve upon dramatically The money laundering and the prison break are much better designed by Frank Darabont in The Shawshank Redemption, while the climax of Stand By Mepoignant in Raynold Gideon Bruce A Evans adaptation for director Rob Reiner The Breathing Method, the shortest novella, exhibits the best quality control in terms of the writing You can almost see the coffee stains and cigarette ash on the other three.King isn t a Great Writer here but he could always write Great Books, of which this is one His gift is his ability to craft three dimensional characters nice, humble guys with families and decent aspirations who we can identify with or aspire to be like These guys encounter the extraordinary and we re invested in what happens from there on out Authors like Dean Koontz, for me, aren t bothered with the three dimensional character aspect and jump right to the extraordinary encounter part, producing one disposable book after another Not so with King The climaxes of each of these novellas in particular will stay with me for awhile Had these novellas been expanded and published individually, they d all land on a short list of King s best Rather than bogarting a few half baked stories out of the trunk and hoisting them on readers for 29.99, Different Seasons is a literary bargain, a 4 fer 1 January 2020 Re Read update original review still belowI have finished the next book in my chronological re read of King s novels I knew I was in for a treat because I have always fondly remembered this book as one of his best It did not fail to disappoint the second time around.In the afterward, King makes the point that this book was his first release to try and show that he wasthan just a horror writer I will say that this is true, but it does still have some horrific elements So, January 2020 Re Read update original review still belowI have finished the next book in my chronological re read of King s novels I knew I was in for a treat because I have always fondly remembered this book as one of his best It did not fail to disappoint the second time around.In the afterward, King makes the point that this book was his first release to try and show that he wasthan just a horror writer I will say that this is true, but it does still have some horrific elements So, don t go in thinking it is all cute bunnies and cuddles This book is raw and real The human condition, temptation, coming of age, salvation, etc are all on display in an amazing showcase of storytelling While it may not represent King s horror as well as others, there is a definite case to be made for this being the finiest writing he has ever done.One observation in the re read and I kind of remember this from the first time around there is a short story within The Body unrelated to the main story, Stud City, and it doesn t really feel necessary It is not a bad part or make the overall experience any less enjoyable, it is just the only tangent in the whole book that feels like it doesn t need to be there If removed, it wouldn t change the book at all.In conclusion the re read confirms for me a 5 star book all the way ORIGINAL REVIEWThis book is PERFECT King Each story is interesting and special in its own right At least two of them Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption and The Body are must read classics that were turned into equally great movies Apt Pupil might be a little less accessible to some, but is one of King s best character studies The Breathing Method is one of his shortest novellas, but wildly creative and is guaranteed to leave you saying, WOAH Every King fan should have read this already Looking to get into King for the first time This is a great place to start I m going to try and do this book justice..but I know it s not going to happen so do me a favor, if you have never picked this book up just stop what you are doing and run get it Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption This is perfection At 101 pages Stephen King packed a story that stays with me forever I ve been a fan of the movie version since the first time I viewed it I was so pissed when Forrest Gump beat it out as the Oscar winner for best picture that year I raged..I ve since cal I m going to try and do this book justice..but I know it s not going to happen so do me a favor, if you have never picked this book up just stop what you are doing and run get it Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption This is perfection At 101 pages Stephen King packed a story that stays with me forever I ve been a fan of the movie version since the first time I viewed it I was so pissed when Forrest Gump beat it out as the Oscar winner for best picture that year I raged..I ve since calmed down because Forrest Gump was a good movie also..but still I ve watched the movie so many times that I can quote passages of it from heart, and I m not really a TV watcher If it comes on I watch it If it comes on again the next day I watch it To this reader the movie is a bit darker than Stephen King s story This story is not horror This story is about Hope..it s about picking yourself up every single day and keeping moving..it s about Redemption Apt Pupil To me this was the darkest story in the book A young boy learns that a former Nazi general is living nearby and well he stalks him and then latches on to him He honestly forces him into a strange relationship They both are some of the most vile characters ever but you don t have to like the characters to realize what an amazing story this is The Body Another of my favorite films were made from this story Stand by Me I actually have not seen this movie in years but I will now.This story is sadness of remembering your childhood friends and some of the crap you managed to survive Breathing Method This one to me started slow Then when the story unfolded I sat here and shook my head A woman s desire to have her child out weighed every obstacle in her course.And overall This book was a full five stars I would give itif I could It s hard to describe these stories They aren t horror but they are about life I wish I could have done them better justice..but I don t think there are words that can This quote is in the afterword of the book, where Mr King tells how he got typed as a horror author..not that there is anything wrong with that.I ve been in love with these stories, too, and a part of me always will be in love with them, I guess I hope that you liked them, Reader that they did for you what any good story should do make you forget the real stuff weighing on your mind for the little while and take you away to a place you ve never been It s the most amiable sort of magic I know Fear can hold you prisoner Hope can set you free Considered by many to be King s best collection of stories novellas, Different Seasons contains two stories that were ultimately developed into two of the greatest movies of all time The Body, which became Stand by Me, of course, and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption the movie is obvious, no Sometimes I really hate reading an awesome Stephen King book no, I m not crazy I just get stressed about where I m going to rank it in my top b Fear can hold you prisoner Hope can set you free Considered by many to be King s best collection of stories novellas, Different Seasons contains two stories that were ultimately developed into two of the greatest movies of all time The Body, which became Stand by Me, of course, and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption the movie is obvious, no Sometimes I really hate reading an awesome Stephen King book no, I m not crazy I just get stressed about where I m going to rank it in my top books list and what other books are gonna get pushed down the list Different Seasons is simply a masterpiece Having read most of King s epic stories, I thought I d seen King at this best but no, this is his best The writing, the characters, the storylines, it feels like everything is turned up a notch here This is a prime example of how King is so muchthan just horror.Let s start off with Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption Now I ve already seen the movie, along with the majority of the population, but somehow that didn t matter I still raced through each page, eager to see what comes next, even though I already knew the outcome It s a story ultimately about hope, resilience and survival Set against the backdrop of a bleak prison, these themes shine through evenprominently A touching, emotional story and now one of my favourites.Next up was Apt Pupil Now I really liked this one A former Nazi finds a willing student in young Todd Bowden and what follows is pure horror The most unsettling parts of this novella were those wherein Dussander relays stories from the concentration camps in WWII Having visited Auschwitz only last year, the atrocities that happened there just feelreal This novella is a terrifying look at evil and the darkness that resides in these evil humans Todd has to be one of the most hateful characters I ve ever encountered in literature, a sexual sadist, a psychopath, just downright disgusting Nevermind Dussander himself Yet this story is absorbing, once it hooks you in, you can t get back out.The horrific nature of Apt Pupil is swiftly followed by the nostalgic novella, The Body Reading this novella is similar to being transported back in time to when you were a child, when all you wanted to do was hang out with your friends You d leave the house early morning and not come back again until it got dark It s a beautiful story, and yet also quite tragic Each of the boys come from homes or backgrounds that aren t entirely supportive and they are able to find true friendship and support within each other In particular, the friendship between Gordie and Chris is touching, Chris is such a great character wise beyond his years and he really cares for Gordie Overall, this is a great look into those years where you grow up and relinquish your innocence, symbolised by the dead body out in the woods Simply amazing Lastly, The Breathing Method I actually read this one first as Abbie recommended to me It is considered to be the stinker of the collection, and therefore I decided to read it first, so as not to end the collection on a bum note But to be honest, I quite liked it I liked the gentleman s club and their penchant for telling stories, it kinda sounded like a cool set up that I d love to be a part of Miss Stansfield herself was a pretty badass woman, determined and strong I don t really understand why people would forget about this one, or just cast it off as the other story in this collection Granted, it s not as brilliant as the others, but it still left a lasting impression with me.Overall, this book was just unbelievable I lost count of the number of times where I just felt completely blown away by King s writing This is a great, GREAT collection and now one of my favourite King books