Article: What Went Wrong? The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

Posted January 31, 2018 by @Angelized_1st in Article, Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Article: What Went Wrong? The Drawing of the Three by Stephen KingThe Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower #2
Published by Penguin on 1987
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, General
Pages: 463
Format: Audio Book
Source: Audible
ISBN: 9780451210852
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In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar. A classic tale of colossal scope--crossing over terrain from "The Stand," "The Eyes of the Dragon," "Insomnia," "The Talisman," "Black House," "Hearts in Atlantis," "'Salem's Lot," and other familiar King haunts--the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page. And the tower awaits.... The Second Volume in the Epic Dark Tower Series... The Drawing of the Three While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland is drawn through a mysterious door that brings him into contemporary America. Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. Once again, Stephen King has masterfully interwoven dark, evocative fantasy and icy realism.

Growing up I was a major Stephen King fan. While my friends read The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High (which I also read), I was reading Stephen King. Part of this is due to the fact that I was an advanced reader who read a lot. So much, in fact, that my parents couldn’t keep up with my habit. They either got tired of shelling out cash for me to buy books, or running to the library. Whenever they got me “enough” books to last me for a while, I proved them wrong. $50 in books does not go very far with me. Even if all the books are paperback, and around $5 a piece. Though I read many of King’s books, I’d never read his famed The Dark Tower series. I tried to rectify this failing last year when I finally picked up The Gunslinger.

I had a very difficult time reading that novel, but I persevered because I had been waiting to read it for over 20 years. Plus, everyone I knew who read it loved the book and the series. I didn’t not like it, but I did wind up lost. The book was strange and confusing. I couldn’t get into the story until almost the end, and had a hard time visualizing what was happening. Though I refused to quit. This is how I ended up trying to read The Drawing of the Three. Actually, I got the audiobook, because I thought that would help me to understand the storyline. This idea did have merit as I finally began to understand this story, yet I found myself unable to connect to the characters. Finally, I decided to quit after struggling with this series and feeling like it was hard work to continue on.

I’ve read many strange novels, but this one had too much imagery. It was like sensory overload, and I found it difficult to pick out the important details. Though this story was easier for me to follow, I didn’t make the first novel clear to me, and I can tell I would end up lost having not acquired that information. Somehow all of this fits together, but I couldn’t figure out how. With all of the other confusion going on, I just had to DNF this novel and series. No longer will I continue to force myself to read books I can’t get into when I have so many other books I can be reading or listening to.

 

About Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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