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I really love Stephen King’s books.
Though they tell creepy and dismal stories of ghosts, demons, and catastrophes, they still somehow carry something significant and meaningful within themselves. These books always show that within the darkness, people still try to uphold the best traits of them – hope, faith, and even love – as they long for the day things turn better, and they can lead a happy life once more.
That being said, they don’t often end in joy. Lots of misfortunes occur, lots of blood spill, and even a lot more hopes are crushed. It’s tragic and terrible, yet, beautiful at the same time. His creations are simply fascinating.
Quite a paradox, right? But I think that is what makes these novels that special. As light shines brightly within the darkness, so do the most beautiful virtues of human. Without pain and misery, we won’t realize how much they actually mean.
King has a very unique writing style. It’s twisted, disturbing, heartless at some points, but he still manages to pour faith, love, and other moral into it.
This goes for all of his horror novels. And of course, The Stand is no exception!
The book tells the story of the survivors after a horrible disaster that wiped out nearly 99% of the world population. The plot centers upon the period before, within, and after the tragedy befell them, hence, the story is split into three parts: “Captain Trips,” “On the Border”, and finally, “The Stand”.
In the first one, we get to see how the catastrophe, known as unusual influenza secretly developed by the government, drowns the entire country in death and despair. It was so horrible! And I must say that King has done a very good job in detailing the incident.
With descriptive language and his distinguished style, he gives us a close picture of the panic overwhelming everyone, while the army tries to keep the disaster’s cause as a secret. In the end, society slowly falls apart as nobody bothers to keep it intact anymore.
On to the next part! Here, the lucky survivors of both the pandemic and the collapse of the world struggle to move on. But this is a horror story, so there is no way they can lead a happy life without being interrupted by an evil force. Many twists and turns take place throughout this part. But long story short, it gives us a violent picture of a world with no law or real government.
Things reach their climax as the main characters somehow cross the villain. He then strikes them with a bomb, killing many of them.
The last chapter centers upon the few people make it through the explosion teaming up again to confront the villain. And eventually, they manage to bring him down.
But this doesn’t mean everything is resolved.
They’re still in a broken world after the apocalypse, and only God knows when it will be rebuilt. And the book ends as they again embark on a journey, hoping to start everything from all over again. They have their purposes. Still, their fates remain unknown and undecided.
So, is a book a tragedy? Yes, it is. There are a lot of painful and desperate moments, and King’s descriptive writing style only make them worse.
But is it a beautiful story? Yes! Like his other novels, we get to witness a lot of emotional moments of hope, faith, and even love.
Is it a book worth reading?