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The talisman, Stephen King, Peter Straub

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The talisman
Title
The talisman
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Stephen King, Peter Straub
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Language
eng
Summary
As lung cancer consumes his mother, Jack is sent on a mystic quest through a parallel country called the Territories. He must obtain the talisman which can save his mother's life and that of her "Twinner," the queen of the Territories. But evil forces crave the talisman for their own use; Jack must dodge and fight his way across a continent
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Review
  • King's influence on this mammoth, convoluted collaboration with Peter Straub is perhaps the most readily recognizable, but King's devotees will soon discover that this endeavor is a definite departure from his previous ventures into the supernatural. While there is certainly no shortage of monsters, nor of riveting scenes of the horrific variety, The Talisman is basically a quest fantasy that flips back and forth between two alternate worlds--the near present and a surreal, technologically untouched, past-time place known as the Territories. The protagonist, 12-year-old Jack Sawyer, from 1980s California, travels in both worlds, as he proceeds cross-country in search of the magical stone that will save his mother's life and the life of her counterpart in the Territories. Filled with allusions and flashbacks that alternately bog matters down and intrigue, the novel gradually gathers tension, vividly chronicling Jack's numerous encounters with the heroic and the damned as he flees those who would thwart his goal. ((Reviewed January 15, 1985))
  • The quasi-cosmic, picaresque journey of twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer--across America on foot, "flipping" in and out of a parallel universe called the "Territories"--in quest of a magical talisman that will save his widowed mother (a former B-movie star) from dying of cancer. Jack's trek begins on the Atlantic coast, where an old black man at a seedy "Funworld" tells him about the Territories, The Talisman, and the "Twinners" (parallel-universe doppelgangers); and these first chapters recall the murky hoo-hah of Straub's opaque Shadowland--as Jack learns that his nemesis is his dead father's evil business partner Morgan Sloat, known in the Territories as "Morgan of Orris." Still, Jack plunges ahead--walking west but flipping into the Territories whenever Morgan's pursuit becomes lethal. . . and vice versa. In the real world his ordeals include: slave-labor at an upstate N.Y. tavern; harassment from pederasts; dreadful days in a neo-Diekensian "Home" for delinquent boys. In the semi-medieval Territories, he faces tree-monsters and assorted "thing" attackers--but also acquires a devoted, brave sidekick: a werewolf named Wolf, who travels with Jack into the real world. (This 150-page section, midway through, is prime alien-fiction à la King--funny, touching, complete with a Carrie-like outburst of retaliation from poor, sweet Wolf.) And eventually, after Wolf's noble demise, lack reaches the midwestern prep school of chum Richard Sloat (son of Morgan)--who'll reluctantly accompany him the rest of the paranoid-peril way: across the radioactive Blasted Lands on a magical train, then flipping into real-world California. . . where The Talisman awaits ("COME TO ME! COME NOW!") in a black hotel. Fans of King's horror, then, will probably be irritated by the pretentious, verbose, psycho-gothic/philosophical fantasy here--which involves coming-of-age, the Twinner gestalt, the sinful secrets of Jack's dead dad, and heavy good-vs.-evil breathing. (See King's The Stand as well as lesser Straub.) At the other extreme is a lot of King-style sentimentality and jokey vulgarity--with Jack's mind implausibly embracing four decades of pop-culture allusions. But, with some gripping sequences along the way and the double-whammy byline, this grandiose, meandering saga--echoing Oz, Alice, and Huck Finn--is sure to reach a massive audience. . . and satisfy about half of it. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 1984)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
038254
Cataloging source
MvI
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
King, Stephen
Index
no index present
Intended audience
880
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Lexile
Interest level
  • UG
  • High School
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
  • 6.2
  • 7.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Straub, Peter
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Jack Sawyer series
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boys
  • Talismans
  • Mothers and sons
  • Quests (Expeditions)
Target audience
adult
Label
The talisman, Stephen King, Peter Straub
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 644 pages
Isbn
9780425105337
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
83040677
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)47729090
  • (OCoLC)810077799
  • (OCoLC)10877824
Label
The talisman, Stephen King, Peter Straub
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 644 pages
Isbn
9780425105337
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
83040677
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)47729090
  • (OCoLC)810077799
  • (OCoLC)10877824

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