Book Review: The Dark Half.

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Title: The Dark Half
Author: Stephen King
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Summary: This novel describes a classic case of good versus evil, with the twist that both are sides of the same man, literally and figuratively. Thad Beaumont, a successful writer, struggles against George Stark, the ghost of his twin and the personification of his pen name. Thad attempts to kill his pseudonym by writing an article for People in which he reveals the truth. Stark, enraged, commits a killing spree and murders all involved with the article. Stark then kidnaps Thad’s family in order to force Thad to write another novel, so that Stark may take over Thad’s life. Thad calls upon sparrows — psychopomps of the living dead — to rid himself of Stark — his pseudonym, his double life, his “dark half.”
Reflection: This was my fourth — and only successful — attempt to read this book all the way through. It took forcing myself to watch the movie and then trudge through the agonizingly slow first three chapters to get to the point where I could enjoy the story.
Fun fact: Alan Pangborn is the sheriff of Castle Rock in this and in the novel Needful Things.
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