Five stars for one of my very favorite Stephen King stories: the enthralling and legendary 1993 novel, Dolores Claiborne.
As old as this book is, and considering it was made into a big budget film starring Kathy Bates (my favorite King adaption, by the way), almost everyone knows the plot — so I won’t rehash too much. But I will say this is the story of a woman — easily the strongest woman King has ever created, and simply one of the best damn female main characters I’ve ever come across in fiction. This is her story — her confessional — all told in first-person, in Maine dialect. The writing style is unique, something most authors wouldn’t have been able to pull off . . . but King isn’t most authors. Novels like this one are why he is my favorite writer, full stop.
There is so much I want to say about this book and I find I can’t really say much at all. A complex, taut, fast-paced domestic thriller/drama/mystery, this ranks among King’s most un-put-downable and intriguing. defy any reader to finish the story and not think of Dolores from time to time.
A classic. A must-read. Etc.
“In the fifties… when they had their summer parties – there were always different colored lanterns on the lawn… and I get the funniest chill. In the end the bright colors always go out of life, have you noticed that? In the end, things always look gray, like a dress that’s been washed too many times.”
Several references to Shawshank prison are mentioned.
On page 226, Dolores is driving home on the day of the eclipse and takes note of the deserted roads — she comments on how hey reminded her of “that small town downstate” where it is rumored “no one lives there anymore.” A reference to ‘Salem’s Lot? I’ll say maybe.
This is the ‘sister’ novel of Gerald’s Game. Both books’ most crucial moments take place on the day of the eclipse.
It’s a world of color, a world of darkness . . . It’s Insomnia.