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Duma Key

Duma Key

Auteur

Stephen King

Eerste Uitgave

2008

Uitgave

2008

Uitgeverij

Scribner

Vorm

roman

Taal

Engels

Bladzijden

614 bladzijden

Gelezen

2010-12-26

Score

7/10

Inhoud

No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...

A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.

"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch."
"Take it up again. You need hedges... hedges against the night."

Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.

Bespreking

It grows on you

The life of Edgar Freemantle, the owner of a successful Minneapolis based construction company, takes a turn for the worst. First his truck gets crushed by a crane. Although he survives this accident, his right arm gets amputated. Following his violent mood swings, mostly due to the excruciating pain he suffers during his recovery, he looses his wife as she files for a divorce. In order the break loose from this negative spiral Edgar's psychologist, Dr. Kamen, gives him the advice to move away and start anew. Edgar takes a year-long vacation and rents a beach house on Duma Key. There he lets his growing obsession for painting take a hold of him, with enormously successful results. He becomes even known as a new American Primitive. But through his art he also awakens some dark and revenge bearing power. He will need all the help he can get to keep his sanity. Luckily his neighbours Jerome Wireman, a retired lawyer, and the woman he accompanies Miss Eastlake seem to have some answers.

With Duma Key Stephen King has plotted a decent and classic ghost story that can hardly be called original. It uses all the tricks in the book for writing scary yarns and does so with much craftsmanship. It starts rather slow but certainly gets up to speed for the final third of the book. Whereas the story is certainly lacking some freshness, the atmosphere and character setting is simply sublime. The true strength of the novel lies in a depiction of the mental struggle of its protagonist. It does reverb a bit King's Bag of Bones novel, but with much more potency. As the novel grows on the reader the lacking originality is easily forgotten.

With Duma Key the master of horror proves, after some lacklustre attempts, that he hasn't lost his touch at all. Although it is a big novel (611 pages), it certainly is a real treat for the Constant Reader.