Monday, April 21, 2008

Lisey's Story

Though i have read many books of different writers especially books by Stephen King, his novel 'Lisey's Story' fascinated me in a strange way. For once, Stephen King author defied my imagination as I couldnt visualize where the story plot is headed to yet every page posed a challenge and my curiosity as a reader made me want to make sense of the strangest terms that are used as intimate expressions of language such as 'blood bool' and 'babyluv' and many more. Writing books seemed to come naturally to the author.

In this novel, two hidden worlds are explored, one is the private life of a recently assassinated best-selling writer, as seen from the perspective of his widow. The second relates to imaginative landscape that is part of the reality the writer is believed to have experienced in his childhood and related it to his wife,Lisey.

Lisey is hounded after his death not just by memories but by academics, dangerously obsessed fans, and fame-struck people who just wont let her heal in peace as she sorts through her husband's numerous papers.

Her discovery of his parallel, fantasy world Boo'ya Moon is one that bafffled my understanding yet i longed to understand more of this fabled, terrorized land that Scott the deceased author sought his healing from.

It takes some time for a reader like me to understand where the story is heading to although many critics do state that this reads like a biographer's novel. It's not a straight forward kind of novel in which you can guess what is happening and what is likely to happen towards the end.

In no other Western writer's novel, the profound experience and eccentricity that a widow experiences has been so subtly and powerfully documented as she realizes that much as she wished she had met some ordinary computer engineer guy than an eccentric writer who used eccentric words, the widow finds herself unable to accept widowhood,the loss of a shared married life. In several places, the novel is chilling but its a book that defies predictability, explores new horizons of the fantasy world that may be alive in most of our sub conscious minds. I am nearing the end of this novel but i dont want to the novel to end because Lisey's life and pain and weaknesses have been travelling with me in most of my leisure hours. I have felt Lisey's confusion and trembled for her safety....i cant believe that at the end of it, the novel is over and Lisey herself is gone.

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