The more I read by Stephen King, the more I come to appreciate his literary genius. As a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre, I decided it was well past time for me to read The Stand.
The Stand is not the sort of book that you just sit down and read; this book is a commitment, it is over fourteen hundred pages of book perfection. The true genius is in the fact that by the end of the book I still craved more. Stephen King has perfected the art of easing on down the road. There is no rushing around to get to the destination; we get there when we get there.
I could go on and on about The Stand for hours, but I’ll highlight a few points that captivated me. A book of this size needs characters, lots and lots of characters. The character development and building is essential. Stephen King has treated each and every single one with care and attention. They are all complete, unique and held a special place in my life for the time that I was engulfed in The Stand, and some of them since.
A technique that was masterfully used in The Stand was the “zoom in” and “zoom out” technique. I’ve seen it used before, although I suppose it was actually since. It’s a personalized way of revealing big picture events. In The Stand, as the virus spreads across the country, King focused on one particular person, he developed that character, has them affected, he then zooms out and repeats the process. This really helped to make the story hit home.
The Stand is one of those books that everyone should read, it has everything, including the kitchen sink. It is a lesson to all that the best things in life are slow and patient. Nothing great comes fast and easy.
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