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Thinner (Signet) von Stephen King
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Thinner (Signet) (Original 1984; 1985. Auflage)

von Stephen King

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For use in schools and libraries only. After an old gypsy woman is killed by his car, lawyer Billy Halleck is stricken with a flesh-wasting malady and must undertake a nightmarish journey to confront the forces of death.
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Titel:Thinner (Signet)
Autoren:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1985), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 320 pages
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Der Fluch von Stephen King (1984)

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I can’t believe I’ve never read this book. I really enjoyed it. It had my attention from page one. Loved the narrator as well. ( )
  LenaR0307 | Nov 9, 2021 |
Read entirely on a cross-country flight. I gave the book to the lady next to me when I was finished. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
Stephen King from the Richard Bachman collection. A real page turner. But I have mixed feelings about the plot. ( )
  therestlessmouse | Oct 15, 2021 |
3.5⭐️ ( )
  deannachapman | Sep 15, 2021 |
I'm catching up. Now I'm only 32 years behind in my Great Stephen King Re-read.

I still remember seeing this hardcover in the Oshawa Centre mall on my weekly visits to the various bookstores. It sat, tempting me, on the second-from-bottom shelf, and I'd picked it up a couple of times, that stark black cover with the lurid red handprint and thin lettering. But each time, I put it back down. It was a hardcover and it was kind of expensive for a kid not making much money.

Then the rumours broke that it might be Stephen King, and, with no hesitation, curiously piqued, I picked it up from that second-from-bottom shelf and bought it. When I got about halfway through and two characters were discussing how this could be something from a Stephen King novel, dropping the name twice, I had to chuckle and hope that it really was him, because...man, the balls on this guy.

32 years later, rereading it, the is he/isn't he Stephen King? mystery and excitement is gone, so now the story stands on its own merits and, for the most part, it holds up fairly well.

My two biggest shocks were, there really are no nice characters in this story. Everyone is tainted with guilt. Because, when it comes down to it, this really is about guilt and how it erodes and eats at you, and the longer it feasts, the uglier you become.

The second shock, along with that first realization is, this. I first thought, There's no good people in this story at about the 3/4 mark, and then immediately followed that with, No, I'm wrong, there's Billy's daughter. Then I realized that, for such a driving force toward the end of this novel, she's essentially a non-character. She's someone that King--through Billy--refers to on occasion, with longing and protectiveness, but we never get to truly see or know. We really don't get more than the barest sketch of their relationship, which is surprising for a King novel, because this is truly where the man shines.

And this, to me, is the ultimate failing of the story. It hinges on a motivation that we are never really shown, only asked to have faith in, because every man loves his daughter, right?

If King had added even twenty pages of character development for Billy and his daughter, this book would have been damn close to perfect. Because that bit at the end? When Billy has to ask his wife to lift a competency order? When he compares that to the Gypsy curse? Man, that shit is brilliant.

So this one was mostly a hit, but there was a big miss in there. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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"Thinner," the old gypsy man with the rotting nose whispers to William Halleck as Halleck and his wife, Heidi, come out of the courthouse.
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