Revival

November 30, 2014

o_king101Revival is the latest novel by Stephen King, one of my all time favorite authors. I have read most of his work and it has always given me great pleasure. I have also complained that ever since King got into a car accident, his novels went down. But with this book King has come back to his old level again. I read this book in 2 days and I love it very very much.

I guess you could say its based on the Frankenstein story, but that only becomes clear in the end of the story.

In the story we follow Jamie Morton, who lives in a small town. One day he is out playing when a shadow falls over him. It is the new pastor and his wife who come to take over the church in the town. Soon the church is full again. All the women are in love with the new pastor, all the men have an eye for the pastors wife. But then something terrible happens and the pastor is chased out of town, disappearing forever.

Years later Jamie is addicted to drugs and travels all over the country with his guitar, making a little money here and there. Then he runs into pastor Jacobs again, who has given up his faith and is now doing completely other things with his life. But are these things safe or could they be very very dangerous?

The official description from the Stephen King website reads as follows:

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Stephen King has announced at least 2 new books for 2015 and I really hope he keeps up this level of writing. I have been and always will be a hardcore King fan.

One Comment

  • perksofbeinganika December 1, 2014 at 08:31

    I have read Misery and Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King and I loved them! Any other King recommendations?

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