An Appointment with Doctor Sleep
September 17, 2013
I’ve always liked The Shining, the movie version that is. So, I decided it was time to finally read the book. For those who don’t know, The Shining is the story of Jack Torrance, his wife Windy, and his six-year-old son, Danny. Jack gets a job as the winter caretaker of a hotel that closes down for the season. He’s looking for a fresh start, and in the book version, he’s trying to finish writing a play that he’s been working on for some time. Young Danny has a psychic gift or “the shining,” which allows him to read people’s thoughts and see things that have happened in the past and the future. The evil forces inside the hotel are awakened by Danny’s “shining.”
I’ve always heard that Stephen King did not like Stanley Kubrick’s film adaption of his novel. Among other things, he apparently found fault with Jack Nicolson’s portrayal of Jack Torrance. In the movie, he’s pretty much crazy from the beginning, instead of slowly going crazy over the winter. It was interesting to see the differences between the book and the movie.
I also wanted to read The Shining because the sequel, Doctor Sleep, is coming out soon. It’s supposed to pick up with a middle-aged Danny who works in a nursing home using his "shining" abilities to comfort dying patients. Now that I’ve finally read The Shining, I think I prefer the movie. In any case, I’m now ready and waiting for the September 24th release of Doctor Sleep.
Blue Springs North Branch