I love Stephen King and have read all but 4 of his novels. Now that I've caught up with him, I've decided to go back and read the ones I've avoided (because someone said they were bad or the movie was terrible, or just general disinterest). I finished this book in less than three days. I couldn't put it down. He's seriously the master of storytelling, there is no doubt, but even talking through a 66yr-old, female-housekeeper he had me completely riveted. This book made me cry AND gave me the willies.
When Hollywood keeps forcing classic remakes down our throats, why don't they ever revisit/reboot movies like THIS -- that were amazing stories, botched from the beginning? I'd love to see a new Dolores Claiborne!
Dolores Claiborne was always one of my favorite movies and finally read this book and both the book and movie are still exceptional - even with tiny changes in the film version. Let's get into the book, it's written in a one person narrative (no chapters or breaks) of Dolores during police interrogation, who's suspected of killing her long time employer Vera Donovan. Dolores promises in the early stages of the book that she would start from the middle of the story and bring it back to present (Which SK does that in the writing). Dolores goes into her life living on the island of a small town in Maine, her life working as Vera's help, being a mother and her volatile marriage with Joe Sr. The best thing about this book I admire the strength of both Dolores and Vera characters, they embody different ways of woman empowerment (especially Vera's famous quote about being a 'bitch'). Not to mention I felt sympathy for both characters. While I am not a fan of it, I'd recommend reading...
An astoundingly accurate portrayal of what it is like to live with someone who sexually abuses your child as a concerned mother. And as it is written by a man I am impressed with that alone. It is well done. It is not the whole story, not by far, but it is the roughest part of the story.
Dolores Claiborne is called to make a statement in regards to the possibility that she killed the woman for whom she worked for over 40 years. The story does not mince around, it begins at the beginning of her statement, and ends shortly after she finishes her statement. It is an amazing, frightening and thought provoking tale. One of Stephen King's better writings! I would suggest no audience under the age of 17 due to the content covered. But I would highly recommend it to anyone over 18 who is interested in the subject. It is that well done. Sometimes fiction says things in a way real life never does. This is one of those.
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