Monday, August 23, 2010
The Gingerbread Girl
This story by Stephen King is AAA. Very well written about a woman who has lost her daughter recently and takes up running obsessively, so much so that even her husband gets fed up of her. She leaves him and starts living in her father's beach shack at Vermillion Key. The story unfolds with how she runs into a neighbourhood psycho and how her running habit and strong legs come in handy to save her life. Some pages are brilliantly written, such as .. "when the front door slammed and Em knew he had really left, that abnormal brightness in the world started to turn gray and she realized she was on the verge of fainting. She could not afford to faint. If there was an afterlife and she eventually saw her father there, how could she explain to him that she had wasted her last minutes on earth in unconsciousness? He would be disappointed in her. Even if they met in heaven, standing ankle-deep in clouds while angels all around them played the music of the spheres (arranged for harp), he would be disappointed in her for wasting her only chance in a Victorian swoon." The story telling is well paced and makes you bite your lower lip with the frenetic tempo and taut suspense. Real good narration.