Duma Key

Duma Key

Book - 2008
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"No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through... A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else. "Edgar, does anything make you happy?" "I used to sketch." "Take it up again. You need hedges... hedges against the night." Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating. The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying."--Inside jacket.
ISBN: 9781416585558
Characteristics: 611 pages ;,24 cm..


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Mar 14, 2017

Could not finish this one. Cannot compare to The Stand or Under the Dome both at his best.

Dec 01, 2014

It's a slow burn but very good once you get a couple hundred pages in. Far better then the plot summary on the cover flap looked

tokyotower Nov 03, 2014

It took so long to finish this book for me but I enjoyed it very much.

arbolito Aug 13, 2014

Duma Key is set on a barrier island much like the one Stephen King winters on near Sarasota Florida, so he does an excellent job of creating the setting for a cleverly plotted tale. Desptie the length like most of his books it reads fast.

Apr 19, 2013

A great novel! It is not the most interesting plot when just reading the synopsis, however, after the first few pages it hooks you right in.

grace7007 Jun 16, 2012

Very good book that held my interest. It had a weird twist at the end.

Sep 30, 2011

One of King's best. His writing really has improved with age.

May 24, 2011

A classic King read of creepiness and interesting characters.

Dec 20, 2010

King's best novel by far!

Sabrina Prem Sep 02, 2010

I'm only roughly 200 pages into this book and I already find it really interesting.

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Sabrina Prem Sep 02, 2010

When a careless billionaire nearly loses his life, his family falls apart as his wife is having affairs with his old friends and his daughter gets engaged to a man that he doesn't trust, Edgar moves to a beach house in Florida. He continues his lost love of painting and soon finds out his paintings mean more than he would ever know. He meets an old lady and her caretaker and learns that with his painting and her knowledge, anything is possible.

lucky Dec 20, 2008

A man suffers a horrible accident at his place of work, making his mind go somewhat crazy. He goes to a place called Duma Key for rehabilitation.


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