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Titre : THE DEAD ZONE
Éditeur : The Viking Press ., New York
Date d'édition : 1979
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Signed inscription by King dated 24 September 1980 to a mystery book publisher and bookseller on the front free endpaper. Filmed in 1983 by David Cronenburg with an excellent cast, Christopher Walken in the lead role, supported by Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe and Martin Sheen. This book also spawned a television series on the USA cable network (2002-07) with Anthony Michael Hall in the lead role. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-600. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with some mild scratches to rear panel. (#128852). N° de réf. du libraire 128852
Synopsis : A supernatural thriller that plunges the reader into the fate awaiting all mankind -- The Dead Zone.
Critique: In the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that "King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature.... At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era."
If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.
The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster
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