Wow, this was my first purchase with this Amazon account back in high school! Yes, of course you should buy this book. These are some of the most powerful and heartfelt stories you will ever come across. You should read them just for the sake of understanding other people a little better.
So, an interesting fact about this book is that the movie with Anthony Hopkins, which was pretty decent, is based on the first story in this collection of stories. The first story is titled "Low Men in Yellow Coats" which makes absolutely no sense until you read the Dark Tower series, because this book was basically written during a much needed hiatus after he lost his mind in the wild west with that Susan Delgado nonsense that he eventually made the main story. You can imagine they could not have possibly called the movie that because it would have been confusing to most people, and simply not as catchy and dreamy as "Hearts in Atlantis".
I'm not much of a reader and far lessa crtitic. I went in reverse: watching the movie, before reading the book that inspired it. I admit I impatiently groped the text for greater content. Scott Hicks, director of the film, has a way of condensing large books with extensive backgrounds of full-bodied characters very effectively. He culls out the unnecessary content, to unveil the heart of the story. He did this too in one of Guterson's novels, Snow Falling on Cedars, focusing on the love story. With Hearts in Atlantis he focuses on the magic of childhood. I enjoyed this book, but grew bored with the descriptions of the peripheral characters of the story, but was amazed how King dotted the dark background with cameos of the main characters like stars, before bringing them all back again for their final performance.
Stephen King's best novels come from the heart. Hearts in Atlantis certainly was one of those, as well as Bag of Bones. Both books ended well, wrapping up all sections in the end, generally better than his horror or thriller novels.
Hearts in Atlantis is a book that examines five different characters, that are tied together by the kids from the beginning section. The main characters, John Sullivan, Bobby, and Carol all go through rough times becoming adults, losing their innocence. The big question was whether they would lose hope as well. The times of change in the 1960's seemed to mark this transition. Even though the story was never told through Carol's eyes, she was woven into every section, giving the reader a unique insight into her character. Despite what each character lost, there was a great sense of understanding in what had been most important in their lives: the bonds formed between them as kids, and nostalgia for the past.
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