The Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in , it is King's third published novel and first hardback bestseller: the success of. The Shining is the third book published by Stephen King; it is his third novel. The book was published by Doubleday in January 28, This classic novel is. To ask other readers questions about The Shining, please sign up. Most of Stephen King's books are that way, they suck you in and take over your life.
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But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old. Other books in this series. The Shining Stephen King. Add to basket. Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer. Carrie Stephen King. He's got that manic grin and unkempt hair, and you don't trust him. He has a swagger and a temper, and there's a constant feeling that Wendy Shelley Duvall — so much more timid and subservient in the film than the novel, reduced to little more than a long face and a shrill voice — hasn't left him because she's just too weak.
In the novel, she wants her husband back. And Danny …. Well, that brings us onto "the shining" itself. In both novel and movie, it's almost a footnote. Some people can "shine", which means they're psychic. Danny Torrance has the ability.
He can see the darkness in the Overlook and tell us — in all our naivety — what it is we should be scared of. It also gives him an invisible friend, Tony, who is little more than a scary indicator of when bad things are going to happen. He's super-bright in the novel, well beyond his supposed five years, and he knows when things are wrong. He's our window into the horrors of the Overlook. In the film, he's a kid, scared and almost uselessly infantile.
When we can see the horrors ourselves, we don't need a cipher. The only other character in both versions who has "the shining" is Dick Hallorann, the hotel's cook. In both, he comes back to try to save Wendy and Danny after Jack has gone crazy and after Danny's used the shining as a long-distance loudspeaker.
In the novel, he's deus ex machina ; in the movie, he's fodder. This is a general attitude of the movie versus the novel: In the novel, it's all there to be rejected, if he's strong enough. The fact that he isn't — bar one final moment of control, when he tells Danny to run away from him, before he beats his own face to a pulp with his mallet — shows you how powerful the hotel's evil really is.
It's stronger than the evil of man alone, certainly. It's fairly common knowledge that King isn't a fan of the film adaptation. He has described it as "a domestic tragedy with only vaguely supernatural overtones", saying that, "a visceral sceptic such as Kubrick just couldn't grasp the sheer inhuman evil of the Overlook Hotel.
The Overlook Hotel itself is alive; huge and vacant, with secrets hidden everywhere. Haunted bathrooms, the echoing memories of debauched parties, a topiary animal garden that seems to come to life, wasps' nests that feature a never-ending stream of hostile insects.
The hotel wears its malevolence on its sleeve.
It has a history of bringing power towards it, and of trying to grow by consuming that power. Jack hears the voice of the Overlook as the novel progresses — his own touch of the shining — and it gnaws at him, turning him away from his family.
It wants Danny, because of his special ability and whether it gets him or not is down to Jack. As Wendy explains to her son, "It wasn't your daddy trying to hurt me … the Overlook has gotten into your daddy! The primal thing that makes him who he is, which he's so desperate to supress, is what the hotel thrives on. In the movie, he's a monster.
The hotel isn't alive: Jack might be possessed, he might not. I know the book messed with my head but I didn't realize it would make me I'm not sure why I only saw the movie and never read the book. I know the book messed with my head but I didn't realize it would make me write that way! I hope anyone reading this can understand what I meant.
I really did enjoy the book, although I did feel a bit crazier than I am at times with all of the voices in everyone's head! I didn't want one of the bad things that happened in the movie to NOT happen in the book. I didn't want to read that part and lo and behold, it didn't happen! The ending in the book was a lot better than the movie. Once again, I really did enjoy this book and look forward to reading and re-reading more of the golden oldies!
Apr 03, Kai rated it really liked it Shelves: It don't care. It don't hate you and me but it don't love us, either. I hate them, but my fascination for them always overpowers that feeling. It may take me ages to pick up a certain book or watch a certain movie but at some point curiosity always kills the cat and satisfaction brings it back. The only Stephen King I've read before is Carrie. I didn't find it either really frightening or exciting, but it was good. A "The world's a hard place.
And I just knew that The Shining would be on a whole new level. So it was. The foreshadowing was the worst. It held me tight in its grip and nearly crushed me. On the other hand, it made the story predictable. Apart from that, I'm fascinated by how amazingly well constructed the characters are.
Same thing applies to background details like the hotel's history, its former owners and guests. King also leaves many questions about the hotel unanswered, which is equal parts torture and genius.
That's something I really love about authors: Find more of my books on Instagram View all 12 comments. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Mix a heaping helping of exposition, a generous spoonful of backstory, a man struggling with alcoholism and a pinch of scares. Shake and pour over ice.
La cocktail de Shining. View all 11 comments. Aug 22, Dana Ilie rated it really liked it Shelves: The Shining is a ghost story told the way it should be. The characters are strong and endaring, all in their own right. I actually really like Jack Torrance. Danny is another great character. And then of course, the most interesting character of all. The Overlook. Suspenseful from the get-go, thrilling and terrifying, this is a great novel. View all 8 comments.
Once upon a time, there was a young man who believed that books were always better than movies. Everyone whose opinion he respected told him it was so, and he believed it must be. And for a time he saw nothing to shake this belief. He read Dickens and saw filmed versions and knew it was so. He read Dumas and no version of Musketeers could shake his conviction. But the young man discovered that it wasn't just the cla Once upon a time, there was a young man who believed that books were always better than movies.
But the young man discovered that it wasn't just the classics for which this held true. He read the popular books of his day, the mysteries and science fictions and fantasies, and those were always better than the movie.
But the inevitable happened. One day his notions were challenged in the most devastating way. A man, wild with isolated madness, chopped a door down, poked his head through the cracks and declared his frightening presence. It was an iconic moment. A new idol to replace the idol he'd worshipped, but he didn't know it yet. The young man went out to read the book that gave birth to that image, knowing that the book MUST be better than the film.
He turned the pages with excitement, and it began as he expected it would. Tension built, suspense drove him on, the characters seemed fuller and richer, but that began to slip away. Where was the thematic depth? Where was the powerful iconography? Where was the terror? It was gone, and with it his notions. Suddenly there was a film that was better than the book. By a long distance. And it was happening everywhere around him.
On screen Replicants beat their written counterparts. Russian poets in frozen manors moved him in ways the translated words couldn't. Christs made love to Magdalenes and it made him weep for joy. The truth was other. Rare though it remained, movies could be better than their sources. He would never again be the snob he'd been. He would embrace those films that trumped their books, and proclaim it to the world.
J the book is meandering, silly. Daniel Phillips I'd say that the book has a stronger first two acts than the film, but the film has a stronger final act that leaves the more satisfying final impress I'd say that the book has a stronger first two acts than the film, but the film has a stronger final act that leaves the more satisfying final impression of the two. Mar 25, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Back in the day when I read this, years ago, I thought it was pretty good but not fantastic.
I went ahead and went through all of SK's movies, too, and remembered watching Jack Nicholson in his iconic crazy and thought to myself, "Hey! This guy is freaking crazy! I love it! I watc Back in the day when I read this, years ago, I thought it was pretty good but not fantastic. I watched that movie a few days ago and thought to myself, "This is a really bad movie. I still think that Jack is pretty awesome, but no matter how cool he is, it can't save this film.
He despised it. And as I read The Shining, trying to keep an open mind, I realized something. The Shining is Really, Really Good. Gorgeous details, imagery that blows me away, thoroughly amazing characterization, depth, beauty, and such a great rising unease. I loved Jack in the book. I loved Danny in the book. I loved Halloran in the book. Wendy had a moment or two. But what I loved the most was the Hotel and all its creepy secrets, its depth, its horror.
You might say the worldbuilding in this was something pretty damn amazing. And then it hit me. The Kubrick film is a dumpster fire trapped in a bubbling lake of poo.
Jack in the book went nuts, sure, but the underlying message that "normal" novelists writing "normal" books are inherently batshit insane in comparison to "horror" novelists is as clear as day!
Seriously, there's enough story in this book to choke an ox and put any mainstream novel to shame. Because let's face it, SK shows more talent for mainstream fiction in this book than the majority of mainstream fiction, and he's just going to burn the whole house down! Just do me a favor, folks, and skip any screened production of this novel and stick with the text.
You will NOT be disappointed. View all 47 comments. Horror Fans. This inhuman place makes human monsters. When Jack, an alcoholic months sober, gets offered a job as a caretaker for an old hotel in remote Colorado, he has no choice but to take it.
He doesn't have many options - he's been fired from teaching and his play he's been working on is far from finished. He packs up his wife, Wendy, and his psychic five-year-old son, Danny, and waits for the snows to come. The hotel has a Grudge, unfortunately. And Danny's psychic ability is only feeding the Grudge a This inhuman place makes human monsters. And Danny's psychic ability is only feeding the Grudge and making it stronger.
As the Grudge tries to work it's way into Jack's mind, the possibilities of any of them escaping alive dips toward zero. If something terrible happens in a place - someone killing their own family and then committing suicide seems to be the most common trigger - then a Grudge is on the place. This book's Grudge apparently is a conglomerate built up over the near hundred years the hotel has been in existence. It consists of the remains of a Mafia killing, and a caretaker who killed his wife and two daughters and then himself, and a woman who commits suicide after her younger lover leaves her.
There's probably a lot more. This Grudge sees Jack, his wife, and most especially his little boy Danny as a kind of all-you-can-eat buffet, personally delivered for its enjoyment. If it can kill Danny, therefore tying him to the hotel, it will become very powerful. But I sure as heck believe in alcoholic abusive men with tempers. And that is the true horror here. Yes, there is an evil presence in the hotel. Yes, it spurs Jack on to murderous intentions.
However, that is not the real problem here. The real problem here is that Jack is a bad person. Yes, he loves his wife. Yes, he loves his child. But he has a terrible temper. I can't even blame the alcohol, although that certainly exacerbates things. But Jack does horrifying things while he's stone-cold sober.
And way before he's introduced to the hotel's Grudge. Some examples: Then denies doing it. Everything can be blamed on others. This is very dangerous, especially in a man with temper.
He takes absolutely no responsibility for his actions or his position in life. Instead he hates everyone else for "putting him there. So don't try to tell me it's the drink! Don't try to tell me that it's the ghosts! This man is already someone you should be crossing the street to avoid.
It's very tempting and easy to blame all your problems on your alcoholism. I've seen it a thousand times. Because alcoholism is a serious and damaging disease. It is. And if it weren't for the drink, life would be perfect - you would be perfect. And Stephen King does a subtle job of showing that here. Jack Torrance's problem - his real problem - is that he has a bad temper. There is no cure for that.
Going sober is not a cure for that although it will probably help. Being married to and bearing a child with a man like this is the true horror, I think, and not all this bullshit with dead people in the bathtub.
I don't think that comes through clearly to a lot of people, who still think this is a novel about ghosts. Stephen King's absolute belief in God, Satan, angels and demons shines from every page of his horror novels. And this is no exception.
Young Danny has 'the shining,' and so does the kindly, black, year-old cook for the hotel. This is described as "psychic" in the book, but it's obvious especially near the climax that they are God-touched and warriors in God's fight with Satan. Hmmmm, a kind of human angel or angel-on-earth if you will. People laugh and also scoff when I baldly state King's rightful place as leading Christian author nowadays, but it's completely true.
Actually, one of my atheist friends refuses to read King's books for just this reason. Deep, deep evil from hell crops up and God must send someone usually a little boy, although sometimes that changes to act as His representative and stop Satan from gaining a foothold.
Jack's father frequently beat his wife and children, putting them in the hospital. Wendy's mother is verbally and emotionally abusive, ripping Wendy and her accomplishments to shreds at every opportunity. We can see how hard each of these people have to fight against continuing the cycle of abuse and attempt to be good parents to Danny. Wendy largely succeeds Jack not so much. Would she stand frozen in terror, or was there enough of the primal mother in her to fight him for her son until one of them was dead?
She didn't know. The very thought made her sick - made her feel that her whole life had been a long and easy dream to lull her helplessly into this waking nightmare. She was soft. When trouble came, she slept. Her past was unremarkable. She had never been tried in fire. Now the trial was upon her, not fire but ice, and she would not be allowed to sleep through this. Her son was waiting for her upstairs. Wendy is really put through the wringer, and she performs admirably.
I loved her bravery and her struggle to protect Danny. She's terrified, weak, and unskilled - but she doesn't let this stop her from doing what she has to do. Well done.
Even a master-author like King cannot convince me that this is scary. It's just dumb. It rang false. I couldn't believe he was view spoiler [having a rational conversation with it and talking it down. Complete bullshit. Then it leaves to run down to the boiler instead of murdering him. Stupid and unrealistic. Tl;dr - A great book, full of nuance and delicate shading.
The writing is excellent, the plot as a whole is fascinating. Besides the disappointing, dumb aspect of the climax which I discussed in the above paragraph, this is an overall success. I'm reading all of King's books in order, and of the three I've read, I would rank them: Carrie 2. The Shining This has been the weakest of the three.
But still spectacular. I would highly recommend it. View all 45 comments. This is a fine novel. How about chills and thrills? The obligatory comparison with the movie.
After reading the book, it becomes crystal clear why King hated this particular cinematic treatment of one of his books. First, any questions or plot holes that might have been nagging at me after watching the movie were answered within a hundred pages of reading the book. Third, maybe if the movie was made today and it used current CGI for the evil shrubbery et. This was a huge buddy read with Anne, Stepheny, Trish, Dan 2.
View all 40 comments. Yes Danny Do you feel bad? Really Delee? Yes Danny, I hated it more than anything else in the whooole wiiiiide woooorld.
I tried I really did.
I first read THE SHINING just before the movie came out on video- some time in the 80s- because usually if I watch the movie first, it is very rare that I go back and read the book- I remember liking it quite a bit, but over the years the movie and the book seemed to have blended into each other in my head. I had only read the book once That is what I love about it, and why I go back and watch it over and over again Danny was horrible- The finger talking , and the voice of Tony made me cringe.
Movie Wendy Shelley Duvall- was sad, weak and pathetic, and Jack Nicholson- as Jack Torrance made the character crazy right from the get go. I never once believed that Jack ever loved his wife and son.
Kubrick also took out much of the supernatural in the movie, making it more of a mental breakdown of Jack's character, than influence from a haunted hotel. So for anyone thinking that because they watched the movie, they know the book. They are dead wrong. Sleep- the sequel, and continuation of Danny Torrance's life.
I decided it was time to once again re-visit Danny's childhood. There was so much I had forgotten and mixed up having watched the movie so many times. The novel follows Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic and writer. After losing his teaching job, Jack decides to accept a position as the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the off season.
Coming with him are- Wendy- his wife, and Danny- his five year old son who has psychic abilities. After a winter storm cuts the family off from the outside world- evil forces from the hotel's past, and Jack's own troubled history- start to drive him slowly insane- leaving Wendy, Danny, and Jack in incredible danger.
I think that Jack Torrance was the closest King ever came to writing his own true persona from those years, and I can see why he was so disturbed with Kubrick's interpretation.
Gone was the strong beautiful wife, gone was the gifted, smart and lovable son, and gone was the sympathetic main character who tried so hard to redeem himself.
Suspenseful, thrilling and terrifying- this was a fabulous read View all 48 comments. Recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance takes a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, bringing his family with him.
But can even his son Danny's special gift, The Shining, stop him from going mad and butchering his family like other caretakers before him? I'm not sure this was such a good id Recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance takes a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, bringing his family with him.
I'm not sure this was such a good idea. This book isn't very long but felt like it took a few ice ages for anything to happen. Sure, there were some creepy parts, most of them involving Jack or Danny and the Overlook's ghosts.
I think if I hadn't seen the movie first, the book would have been much more enjoyable for me. I think the advantage the movie has over the book is that a third of the time isn't spent delving into Jack Torrance's past. In the movie, we know he's balanced precariously on the razor's edge of madness the first instant we see him and no one in their right mind would want to spend any length of time locked up with him.
In the book, we witness the downhill slide for hundreds of pages. The biggest advantage the book has over the movie: That's all I have to say about that. View all 34 comments. El resplandor [Mayo ] 5 50 May 25, El resplandor, de Stephen King 24 63 May 22, The Shining 34 19 May 05, The Shining Part Five 1 17 Feb 03, Readers also enjoyed.
Videos About This Book. More videos About Stephen King. Stephen King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good.
Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional.
He graduated in , with a B. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums. He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines.
Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.