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Series: The Dark Tower #1
Published by NAL on June 10th 1982
Source: the library
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Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy -- what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus -- has spanned a quarter of a century.
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.
Book IIn The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.
My dad’s been trying to get me into this series for more than twenty years, so I guess it’s time I finally read them. My all-time favorite book is the Stand, and he keeps telling me I’ll “get” the Stand even more if I read this series.
So I’m still not really sure what happened in this book.
I’m not good with all that symbolism stuff, so most of the book went over my head, I think. After discussing the book, in great detail, with a few others who love the series, I think I “get” it a little more, but I still don’t get it. I have more questions then answers, and perhaps that’s the point?
Is the Gunslinger the good guy or the bad guy? Why didn’t Jake just leave the gunslinger, if he knew he was going to die (again)? What was the entire point?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: