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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories (英語) マスマーケット – 2016/10/18
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The instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Stephen King delivers an “outstanding” (USA TODAY) collection of stories, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.
“I’ve made some things for you, Constant Reader...Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
Since Nightshift, published many years ago, Stephen King has dazzled an entire generation of readers with his genius as a prominent writer of short fiction. Now in his latest collection, he once again assembles a generous array of unforgettable, tantalizing tales—including those that, until recently, have never been published in a book (such as the story “Cookie Jar,” which is exclusive to this edition). There are thrilling connections between these works—themes of mortality, the afterlife, guilt, and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Magnificent, eerie, and utterly compelling, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is one of Stephen King’s finest gifts to readers everywhere—a master storyteller at his very best.
-Batman and Robin Have an Altercation
-Bad Little Kid
-The Bone Church
-Herman Wouk Is Still Alive
-Under the Weather
-The Little Green God of Agony
-That Bus Is Another World
One of the best aspects of his new collection of short stories, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, is the commentary that prefaces each one, describing the creative process through which it travelled from brain to page * GQ * A meaty collection with interesting insights into the creative process of a writer who caused many sleepless nights * Washington Post * Short stories have a famous place in the King oeuvre, with the likes of The Body and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption finding second lives on the big screen as Stand By Me and Shawshank Redemption... Like all the greats, though, his ability to grip the reader's mind, body and soul with his prose makes it all look easy * USA Today * Some of King's strongest work in recent years brought together to form an excellent collection * Sci-Fi Bulletin * A more versatile writer than you might imagine * Sunday Times * King is a laureate of small towns; his ear for dialogue is unerring ... He is also one of those rare authors who can write well about childhood. Most potently, King can sketch a full-blooded character in just a few pen strokes. This gift comes to the fore in his short stories, where every syllable counts * Sunday Telegraph * A tense inventory of stories... King manages to portray a remarkable depth of character within the swiftness of a short story and manoeuvres a vast range of plots...There are treasures to be found in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams and those who love King... will find much to savour * Independent * This collection of short works... reveals King's mastery of the novella * Guardian * The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is the title it more than lives up to, but just as interesting as the stories themselves are their prefaces, in which he reveals what inspired each one. Who besides King would conjure a flesh-eating station wagon from a drive to see his college sweetheart? * Observer * He seduces you with an intimate author's note introducing each tale, then proceeds to chill you to the bone. Do not read before bed * Daily Mail * --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
“The second thing had to do with Marlee herself. She was?……well, these days people would call her “mentally challenged,” but back then the folks in our neighborhood just said she was soft in the head.”
“He doesn't want to say this, he knows how sensitive she is about her weight, but out it comes. He can't hold it back. It's a mystery.”
ややoffensiveな表現を引用してしまったかもしれないが、最初の文章はsoft in the head、2番目はsensitiveの的確な用法になっていると思うのだが、いかがだろうか？
それから興味深かったのは、Raymond Carver、John Irvingなど作品ごとに作風を変えているように思えることだ。それは、2作目の『Premium Harmony』の末尾に"Thinking of Raymond Carver"と記されていることでも気づくだろう。この『Premium Harmony』では、Carverの筆致をemulateしようとしているようなのだ。通常、Kingの場合、一つ一つの文が長い傾向にあるのではないだろうか。ところがこの『Premium……』では、Carver張りの短い文章にまとめ上げようとしているようだ。確かに、“Ray looks at the gas gauge and sees it's down to half.” 主人公の名前までRayになっているのは、やりすぎかもしれないけれども………。
個々の作品を取り上げても、楽しんだ記憶を思い浮かべることができるのだが、ここではThe New York Timesがこの本をReviewで取り上げた時に、現在のKingをみごとに表現しているので、ここに引用しておきたい。良い意味でも、そうでなくとも、Kingの書く技術は一流だと思う。
King is a master of horror, though. When inspiration fails, he has the technique to fake it.
In total, there are twenty stories in this collection, with only three or four I have not recognized from prior publication either in magazines or on Amazon Kindle. A few, like "Blockade Billy," even made it into a hardback format. Despite this, however, there are a few of his recent efforts (like "Into the Tall Grass") that have been regrettably omitted. That does not detract from the overall quality of this work.
One of his stories, "Ur" contemplates the possibility of alternate realities in a vein similar to his novel 11/22/63, and also throws in a few allusions to his Dark Tower series, which personally thrilled me. Another story, "Afterlife," features a man who suffers a slow, painful death from cancer, but finds himself in a vicious ouroboro, repeating the mistakes of the past in slightly new ways, but with the same ultimate result. Although Mr. King has delved into Holmesian detective fiction before, his story "Batman and Robin Have an Altercation" unfortunately does not actually involve the masked detective. It does, though, grimly describe the visit of a middle-aged man to his Alzheimer's-stricken father in a nursing home and what that leads to. My personal favorite among these stories, however, is "The Dune," featuring a state supreme court judge whose attorney discovers the secret of the judge's childhood haunt. Surprisingly, Mr. King also includes a few pieces of poetry in this collection. While he has done so in the past, I must admit that I personally prefer his prose.
Some of his other stories reveal Mr. King's age. When I saw the title for his story, "Hermann Wouk Is Still Alive," I wondered to myself if anyone under the age of forty even knows who he was. That is not a bad thing, however, and he also gives tips of the hat to horror writers like H.P. Lovecraft and Arthur Machen who ceased writing long before Mr. King began his career. For those with a love of the horror genre, these are welcome acknowledgements to some of King's most frequent inspirations.
On the whole, this is a great collection by Stephen King. While it is not the best collection he has produced, it presents new and recently published material that meets the demanding standards of his fans. A great way to spend one's evening reading hours.
This collection is aptly titled - a lot of the stories end in gruesome and bitter ways. In recent years, King's style has long since changed from the rural characterizations of his 1970s early work to a more grand guignol approach. Some will like that, and I can enjoy it in small doses. The most positive aspect of King's short stories are the tight, controlled, on-point writing within the confined space. Personally, I think his longer novels could stand some more aggressive editing. His short stories - especially this collection - seem to have gone through a round or two of outside influence.and I think that helped a lot. In a story like "Herman Wouk is Still Alive," the bitter ending needs to get wrapped up with a punch, and that happens here. I think that impact would have been lost in an extra 10 pages, for instance (I also read this story in its original magazine appearance, and something about it being in a book gives the narrative more weight...I was not as unsettled by the ending in the magazine, as I was here. Strange...).
"A Death," I think will appeal to King's longest-running fans. It's the story that captures the rural-speak "Night Shift" vibe the closest. "That Bus is Another World" is close to the grim view a lot of the stories in "Skeleton Crew" had - it's not supernatural, not even horrible in a direct, specific, "it's happening to me" way - it's the 'distance' from the horror that makes it terrible. If that makes sense.. "Mile 81" is sort of like "Mrs Todd's Shortcut," except not so benign.
Very few of the stories are straight-up supernatural. Ultimately, it's four stars for me because of that. I loved "Night Shift," for example, because of the supernatural/horror elements of the stories. They weren't "real." This collection IS real - these events, mostly, COULD happen. And frankly, that took some of the fun away for me - which isn't to say I don't appreciate the writing. As Stephen King has gotten older he's much more attracted by the grimness of what's right in front of him, rather than fictional tales of zombies or vampires. We see that not just in these stories, but his new "Finder's Keepers" trilogy, which is mostly a real-world setting, with a little supernatural influence. That same vibe is through most of these stories.
But I like ghost stories where I don't have to think that world doesn't actually exist. I like horror of creatures beyond my imagination that might not actually show up to murder me (I really liked "Revival," which WAS old-school horror)...and these stories by King are a world that could/does/will exist - and that IS a very true bazaar of bad dreams!