Revival by Stephen King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Stephen King, the Master of horror has presented another book for us Constant Readers to read and discuss. If you are a Constant Reader, like me, your heart will jump in your throat before you even crack the spine. You might be disappointed with this one, or you might not.
Revival sounds like it has a hidden message lurking in the title. It doesn’t. If you are looking for vintage King, you won’t find “none of that ’round here.” What you will find is a mellow story with a little spark at the end.
Revival starts in a (you know where I am going with this.)small New England town in 1962. Jamie Morton is a small boy who befriends the new preacher. From that point on, their lives weaver together like a spider web. The preacher leaves town after a horrible accident and equally horrible sermon. Jamie goes from a small boy playing with his toy army men, living a picturesque American life, into a drug shooting, rock-n-roll playing loser. Jamie, down on his luck and almost at the end of his drugged out life, comes crashing into the preacher’s world. Divine interference? Nah, just King. Jamie’s life is changed forever when friend, now an ex-preacher, cures him of his drug habit in a most Kingly way. From that point forward, the story follows them both as they trudge through life.
Revival is full of glimpses of the King of old but, it is mellow. The writing felt a little forced in places and lacked the spark of his previous novels. The 1st few chapters had me pounding the table with my fist, as I expressed my elation-even if it was short lived. The Terrible Sermon is the best part of the novel, in my opinion. I even read it to others while proclaiming my joy of reading this book. Then, everything stopped. MELLOW. It got real mellow. Where was the horror? The thrill? I couldn’t find it. I kept waiting for the punchline, the bolt that would shock me into the place. It never came. The ending was a let down. It seemed rushed and restrained, as if someone edited a little too much.
This book is full of religion. Some may find that insulting, if you are a believer. But, if you are a constant reader, you will not be surprised. This was the best part, it is what kept me reading. I wanted to see what he would say next. King has a way of saying all the things I have been thinking and he hits the mark with Revival when it comes to religion, faith, and death. He also includes information on interesting books in the story that I am now seeking more about. Overall, it was a decent book. It is short, a little over 400 pages and is easy to read. It is a little bit Shelly, Lovecraft, and King rolled into one. I am glad I read it and it will sit in a place on the bookshelf with his other books- at the top with the ones without any dust.
Give it a go and let me know what you think.
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