The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 1, 2016 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

“An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).

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I understand the mythology and near cult status The Gunslinger novels have in the literary and King fandom community...but after three attempts at reading (to completion) I get nothing more than a slow-moving, uninteresting pseudo-Western novel with undercurrents of paranormal that fails to inspire a foray into the next novel.
I accept the vitriol to follow...but I just don't get this book's appeal.

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Allthough i'm brazillian and have read the book in english (saving some language missconceptions) I found this book really interesting. It had some parts that were tedious but all and all, the plot and Stephen's writing style pleased me. I'm reading the second book now, because the plot and the ending pushes you to know more.
Sometimes it took me a while to realize when I were at present time or in one of the gunslinger's flashbacks and had to go back a little to understand where that line was...
I don't want to be a spoiler, but who read the book already will understand me: I so just hope that when Roland and the man in black's master meet, I won't be disapointed. That's a big name to put on a book (actually, a position)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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