REVIVAL

13 Jan
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“That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons, even death may die.”
-H. P. Lovecraft

This story takes us into a dark turn toward the end of the road, and it isn’t until it’s too late to turn around and too unthinkable to stop, that we are blindsided by something so disquieting and deeply unsettling that we are finally able to understand what  ‘I’ll never be able to un-see this’  truly feels like ……..

… and THAT, my friend, is the horror of it.

Jamie Morton is a six year old when we first meet him. He’s in his front yard playing (as most pre-teen children did during the 1960s), and that’s where we are as well: sitting in the grass in Jamie’s front yard with our toy soldiers, when a shadow of the new reverend Charles Jacobs falls across us.

The voice we hear is Jamie’s throughout the pages, over a span of fifty some odd years. And, in my opinion, no other writer narrates, through the mouth of youth, better than Stephen King. I was inside the magic from the very first page:

“In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies. The main cast consists of your family and friends. The supporting cast is made up of neighbors, co-workers, teachers and daily acquaintances. There are also bit players: the supermarket checkout girl with the pretty smile, the friendly bartender at the local watering hole, the guys you work out with at the gym three days a week. ……… But sometimes a person who fits none of these categories comes into your life. This is the joker who pops out of the deck at odd intervals over the years, often during a moment of crisis. In the movies this sort of character is known as the fifth business, …..”

This is exactly the kind of book you should NOT read Reviews about until AFTER you’ve escaped. So, on that note all I will say, all I can say is this:

“Life is a wheel, and it always comes back around to where it started.”
page 301

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Stephen King (1947 – )

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One Response to “REVIVAL”

  1. Silvia Thomson January 13, 2015 at 8:59 p01 #

    I like this. Reading this piece makes me smile inside and out. Yes yes yes. Thank you.

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