It took me one solid month to finish this book, Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. I thought it’s a horror novel but it’s actually a fine psychological thriller novel. Only towards the first half of the book I kind of getting the message King wanted to tell us. Some chapters of the book (involving Scott Landon, his brother Paul and his daddy Sparky, the crazy Zack McCool) are so gory that I wonder whether these can really happen to human beings.
King is really an awesome crafters of words: goners and gomers, bad gunky, Boo’ya Moon, and booksnake, SOWISA, booms, bools, bool hunts, stations of the bools, blood bools, long boy, “the thing with the endless piebald side”, “darkness loves him”, King of Incunks, the Black Prince of the Incunks, smucking, babyluv, under the yum-yum tree, the tree story.
King built the novel’s core using the flashbacks of Scott and Lisey’s marriage without the slightest hint of authorial labor. The reader, in this case I, didn’t have difficulty to follow these flashbacks that are so lucidly relate Lisey’s own reactions to her present worries.
King depicts Lisey’s reaction as human, caresses her as he writes her horrors: “There were a lot of things they didn’t tell you about death…and one of the biggies was how long it took the ones you loved most to die in your heart.”
Follow these links for coverage on Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story:
- Excerpt: “Lisey’s Story” by Stephen King on ABCNews
- Book’s Review by The New York Times: Her Story of Him, Both Tender and Terrible
Every marriage has two hearts, one light and one dark.
‘You are the call and I am the answer,
You are the wish, and I the fulfillment,
You are the night, and I the day.
What else? It’s perfect enough.
It is perfectly complete.
You and I,
Strange, how we suffer in spite of this!’
D.H. Lawrence as quoted by King in Part 3 of this book.
In an effort to illustrate the ideas, King admitted that he used references literally dozens of novels, poems, and songs that intertwining and making a net with the heart of this novel.
It’s actually a damn good love story! (Is there any such love as rock-solid but true as Scott’s and Lisey’s? Probably there is.)