The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. King does not short-circuit the story with too much emphasis on the recovering-substance-abuser element. But where does Mr King fit? At one point in the story Jamie is asked if he wants to go on stage and play guitar. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. One of the things I loved about King yes, past tense there w Let me say something up front: King is my favorite author. A fascinating story that explores a lifelong albeit intermittent relationship between two men. As for me and my feelings toward the master? Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister.
All of a sudden there were no kids yelling in the backyard, no records playing upstairs, no banging from the garage. And then it rips that hope, still beating, from your chest. A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. Mainly because it gives you hope. In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. God, The cover is so attractive, yet deceiving.
It starts out as a coming of age tale told in first person. I found most of Revival incredibly boring and tedious to get through. I honestly would have loved to see more of his breakdown. I've only read two other King books but after reading this,my opinion of the other two has completely gone up. This novel leaped beyond insanity, and I'm glad that it did.
I need to read something cheerful after this. It's a revival of old school King, the King many of us miss. There is no 'slow burn'. I was a little disappointed in the narration. Charlie has been hired to be the new preacher and the entire Morton family quickly find themselves smitten with everything about him as well as with his wife and baby. Yeah,it's also about losing faith. Not in the freakshow, jump out behind the curtain, B-movie kind of scary.
This leads him to start looking into the many others that Jacobs has healed. The rest of the book was great, I love Jamie and his family. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. He could've easily died from the treatment but he'd've also died without the treatment. King fans will delight in picking small references to his universe - the cities of Castle Rock and Jerusalem's Lot, Gunslingers, Roses and the number 19 among others - but I would argue that there's little of Edgar Allan Poe or Nathaniel Hawthorne to be found here. I'm just going to say this is the best King novel I have read in a long time.
The young Reverend Charles Jacobs and his beautiful wife brought new life to the local church and captivated their congregation. At one time those horrors would have been the setting for the tale, as big a part of the horror as Jamie's loss and Jacob's obsessions, but here they're just background. There are some obvious correlations. Dramatic events are sprinkled throughout the narrative, but the story moves along at what seems a deliberate pace. Stricken with grief, the reverend denounces God and religion during a sermon, is banished from the town, and spends many years pursuing a career as a sideshow huckster before regaining his belief in God and becoming a prolific , fuelled by lifelong experiments with electricity. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. Despite what it says in the blurb, the pastor only plays a small part in the book.
Although the structure at first looks like a homage to the form - the protagonist relating the horrors that he has already experienced in recollection, short summaries below each chapter - it soon lapses into familiar territory. There is hope, therefore I live. Well, I will let you discover yourself. He is easily my favorite author. I see a lot of people upset with what was on that other side.
But in the end, it just got four stars. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. The core of the story is interesting and alive with possibilities, but the payoff felt a little cliched and also typical of most King novels hurried. There was the potential of a really scary story here but it's lost in the entire life story of this boring man. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church.
Instead of just the bleak ending. We hear everything and it's all boring. Charles Jacobs is a small-town pastor with a queer, but gifted interest in the power of electricity no pun intended here. It's a slow burn that touches on a lot of themes we've come to expect from King in his golden years -- family, nostalgia, grief and loss. Jamie has demons of his own. The antagonist on the other hand, Charles Jacobs, was annoying as hell. First of all, any book that begins with a quote from H.
Jacobs agrees to heal her, but only if Jamie will become his personal assistant for one last experiment. As is common with King's books, especially the later ones, it's not a tale of things that jump out at you and startle you or gross you out - King, especially of the later years, is a different brand of writer that that. Have you lost your damn mind? The rest of his family were also interesting, and that's why I enjoyed most of the first chapters. It was very depressing and for some reason, it felt like a letdown. I don't completely disagree with the numerous acclaims, but I am considering this novel as heavily flawed. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men.