Rocktober 2011's SK Flavor of the Month - Rose Madder
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Anyway, this month we'll be finishing out King's... what? Feminist cycle? That sounds condescending and I don't mean for it to. But he was on some kind of vibe when he put out Gerald's Game, Dolores Claiborne, Insomnia and then Rose Madder back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
I have to admit, Rose Madder is one of the few King books I've quit in the past (the other being Cujo). In fact, I barely remember what Rose Madder is about. I'm kind of looking forward to the re-read.
I won't be starting for a couple of weeks. I still have a bit of Insomnia left (pun intended) and then I have to read an ER book, but that should be a quickie.
But Rose just saw the painting. From memory, here is where my troubles begin...
Anyway, Rose Madder was a sensational read! And I would put it in my top 10 probably around #7. (that King's works)
I've just read about Rose's trip through the temple (this is where I gave up last time) and it just feels like 'what was that all about then?', but I will soldier on.
So far it's a very slow buildup. I'm a quarter or a third of the way through and while the tension is building, but no horror or supernatural except the painting has changed the smallest bit.
I think oldstick's observation is interesting. Right now I can't imagine feeling sorry for Norman.
#8 - Whatever your feeling on this book, do read others! King is so worth reading.
I've been thinking... aside from the painting, the book reminds me (in a good way) of Stephen King's take on the slasher genre (especially Halloween). I think I would have liked the book better if that is all there was to it.
#6 - You have a bigger heart than me. Regardless of his past I never stopped hating on Norman. Like you, I didn't much care for the epilogue. Really, I didn't care for the supernatural elements at all. I would have been happier I think, if the painting and everything about it were ditched and the novel were just a straight-ahead thriller.
Yup, xDH was not a horror or true crime type of guy. He would have never told me what not to read (I'm not very good at minding, anyway), but he'd shake his head & walk off.
Being inside Norman's mind bothers me a lot. I know this guy is a psychotic antisocial murderer, but if even one guy in the world actually feels this way about women, it is one too many!
I skimmed over a lot in the temple. I remember the myths about the river of forgetfulness, the pomagranite seeds and sacrificing virgins to the Minotaur in his maze. The inside of the maze is the underworld, death. Anyone else see any other myths that I missed?
Can we ever put a name on the goddess and what the leprous disease is on her body? I know very old statues get a patchy sort of decay that looks like leprosy.
I have read and hugely disliked Gerald's Game. It's not one I would ever reread.
The part of the book from the height of the action to the end of the book was quite long, and I was losing interest in this part.
I wasn't totally behind the painting subplot either, there was enough tension and horror just in the Norman-Rosie relationship without bringing that in. But, on the whole, I was interested enough to keep reading and to see how it all played out.
What usually happens in these stories is that the ex does catch up with her and there are some scary scenes but all is well in the end. Women who leave violent partners often have very different experiences - it's much harder, and often there are children with them. Throw in the painting, which is now changing, and it's even worse. I'm hoping the book proves me wrong.
NO ending is going to make me change my mind about the book as a whole. Godawful. And it barely reads like a Stephen King book, more like he's gotten someone to write it for him. The clumsy fantasy-feminist elements are atrocious, muddled, ill thought out and badly done in every possible way. Take those away and you have 'Sleeping with the Enemy', which is - if you've ever spoken with real victims of domestic violence - pure fantasy, and therefore insulting.
King has spoken about how he doesn't understand authors who write a book every few years. King at his worst shows why that's not a bad idea - a lot of his worst novels seem like unfinished articles, as if he's trying things out. Still, for that us readers also get the good stuff, which is amazing.