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We can t imagine time running out, and God punishes us for what we can t imagine Duma Key focuses on the story of Edgar Fremantle, a self made millionaire who becomes injured at work after a crane crushes his pickup truck Following the loss of his arm, amidst other injuries, Edgar becomes a little too much for his wife to handle and she asks for a divorce He leaves behind his wife and two daughters and heads off to Duma Key, a stunning but eerily quiet stretch of the coast where he has rente We can t imagine time running out, and God punishes us for what we can t imagine Duma Key focuses on the story of Edgar Fremantle, a self made millionaire who becomes injured at work after a crane crushes his pickup truck Following the loss of his arm, amidst other injuries, Edgar becomes a little too much for his wife to handle and she asks for a divorce He leaves behind his wife and two daughters and heads off to Duma Key, a stunning but eerily quiet stretch of the coast where he has rented a house Very quickly upon his arrival, he encounters the charismatic Wireman and the old lady he looks after Elizabeth Eastlake Although suffering from dementia, Elizabeth s tragic and heartbreaking history begins to unfold, while at the same time, Edgar finds himself able to paint striking, haunting pictures However, the ability to paint such pictures seems to come from some other outside forceIt s been a while since I posted a book review three weeks to read Duma Key But let me emphasise that this was due to being busy and not because I wasn t engrossed in this story This book is held with high regard amongst the King community on bookstagram and pretty soon after starting this book, I realised why This book easily has two of King s most likeable characters in Edgar and Wireman What a duo Their friendship just lifts up from the page from the get go There s just a real respect and love there and the lengths they will go to for each other and for their friendship is pretty astounding I think these two characters are a huge part of what makes this book so enjoyable And what makes their inclusion evenfascinating is that they re just pretty normal guys Normal guys going through a kinda crazy situation King s ability to build a story based on his characters is simply unparalleled In addition to the friendship between Edgar and Wireman, the relationship between Edgar and his daughter, Ilse, is just so sweet and believable King clearly draws on his real life relationships when putting his character s relationships on page, which explains why they re just so real and touching Heart eyes.As for the story itself, it was captivating From the very beginning, I just had no idea where King was going to go with this one, and I was kept guessing for the majority of the book The story actually gets pretty scary at times, there s some parts that made my hairs stand on end and were quite unsettling I quite enjoyed the supernatural force at work within Duma Key, I liked the story behind it and thought King executed it perfectly I also feel like King was commenting on the mixed blessing that comes with having an artistic talent and how often such talents come with their own drawbacks.Now I am not one for locations such as the Floria coast, I m not a beach kinda gal, but King really sells Duma Key to me The location of this novel is GORGEOUS His descriptions of sunsets and the beach and the house itself is just beautiful He builds a real atmosphere, and if it wasn t for the scary forces at play, I d move to Duma Key, like yesterday.As for the ending PERFECT King s endings are often criticised but this one cannot be faulted, for me, personally The book continually built up to a crescendo and didn t fall at the final hurdle This one will stay with me for a long time, and has even forced itself into my top 5 King books Outstanding.Edit reread June 2020 Still holds up Love this book Still every bit as good as I rememberedIt was red.This must be King s most underrated book, and I ve no idea why Maybe because it was released in 2008 and maybe horror wasn t as cool then and it kind of slipped through the cracks Feels weird calling a book with 70k ratings underrated, but there you go I ve never heard anyone say that Duma Key was up there with the best of King s works After finishing this I certainly will be If this was released earlier in King s career, would it be m Still every bit as good as I rememberedIt was red.This must be King s most underrated book, and I ve no idea why Maybe because it was released in 2008 and maybe horror wasn t as cool then and it kind of slipped through the cracks Feels weird calling a book with 70k ratings underrated, but there you go I ve never heard anyone say that Duma Key was up there with the best of King s works After finishing this I certainly will be If this was released earlier in King s career, would it be mentioned as one of his greatest MaybeThis book is creeeeeepy and original The ending is also superb, which isn t always the case in King s books see Under the Dome More than anything, King s ability to create memorable characters and dialogue shines through You need to sit in the chum, sit in the buddy and read this you stupid birch All the stars and perhaps one of my top three King bookswhich is saying somethingDo the day, and let the day do you Just finished it I heard one reviewer state that it was the best book King had ever written While reviewers have short memories and liberal use of hyperbole, I must admit that this was one of his best he s written While not epic like The Stand, It, or The Dark Tower, it is powerful, insightful, and terrifying Also, the fact that the book is not epic is one of its greatest strengths One of King s self indulgences in the past couple of decades has been his ability to use 1000 pages to w Just finished it I heard one reviewer state that it was the best book King had ever written While reviewers have short memories and liberal use of hyperbole, I must admit that this was one of his best he s written While not epic like The Stand, It, or The Dark Tower, it is powerful, insightful, and terrifying Also, the fact that the book is not epic is one of its greatest strengths One of King s self indulgences in the past couple of decades has been his ability to use 1000 pages to write a 500 page story Remember that Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and The Body were both just novellas In Duma Key, King uses each of the 607 pages with power and efficiency.Another of King s self indulgences has been his treatment of Bryan Smith, the man who hit him during his walk and nearly killed him That same man died a year later from a prescription drug overdose I remember being especially uncomfortable of King s incorporation and depiction of the accident as a key element in one of his stories I HATE spoilers, so either you know what I m talking about or you don t It got to the point where I really started to dislike the man, Stephen King I mean, c mon, let the dead rest.But in this book, King delves into the aftermath of being broken and how being broken made him act and say things that simply were not of his character Noticeably in this story, King only refers to the crane that causes the accident that crushes Edgar Freemantle and sets everything in motion, and he never once speaks of the driver Later in the story as Edgar tests his newfound talents, the test results in the death of a child molester Now, while the bastard certainly had it coming to him, Edgar is overwhelmed with a sense of power, horror, fear, and guilt In this narrative, I believe that King is trying to work through the aftermath of his own brokenness and how it changed him, most noticeably in his treatment of Bryan Smith And an interesting thing happenedI found that I had forgiven King s spite and nastiness during this period of pain and healing.Finally, King puts to words so well what it is like to be brokenwhat it s like to not be yourself and be the monster and victim at the same timeand what it s like to look back on the wake of relationships that will never be the same again Having gone through this myself and I m not out of the woods yet I found myself weeping in sections where King s script perfectly put to words the hopelessness, frustration, and loneliness of a broken person In this book, I found a bit of my own healing realizing that I m not the only one to have dealt with this and coming to terms with the fact that it s not my fault.Was this Stephen King s best book I honestly don t have an answer All I know is that it has had a bigger impact on me than any other work of fiction I ve ever experienced DUMA KEY BY STEPHEN KING Most Stephen King fans will admit that the last couple of novels by the international bestselling author, while selling well, have been somewhat lacking coming from the renowned horror writer one might even go so far as to use the term mediocre, and don t get me started on Cell Thankfully, with the arrival of Duma Key, the slate has been wiped clean and the master of horror is back King s first novel set in his alternate home of Florida weighs in at over six hundre DUMA KEY BY STEPHEN KING Most Stephen King fans will admit that the last couple of novels by the international bestselling author, while selling well, have been somewhat lacking coming from the renowned horror writer one might even go so far as to use the term mediocre, and don t get me started on Cell Thankfully, with the arrival of Duma Key, the slate has been wiped clean and the master of horror is back King s first novel set in his alternate home of Florida weighs in at over six hundred pages, and while it reveals alaid back and matured author, with the terrifying days of The Tommyknockers and It perhaps over Duma Key is nevertheless an incredibly well written novel with some wonderfully deep and complex characters, and a world that is just as complicated but in manyways real.Enter Edgar Freemantle An entrepreneur who started a construction company and developed it into a multi million dollar business loving husband of two adult daughters until he is involved in a freak on site accident that should ve killed him, but leaves him missing his right arm, a couple of slowly healing broken ribs, and a damaged mind that results in outbursts of anger and violence The strain becomes too great and Freemantle s marriage falls apart, leaving him an angry, empty shell Seeking escape, he leases a beautiful house on the island of Duma Key While watching the breathtaking sunsets, Freemantle decides to try his hand at some artwork, having sketched a little throughout his life He discovers thehe works, the better he gets, soon switching to paints and canvasses he also discovers that painting satisfies the seemingly insatiable itch in his missing right arm Freemantle s work is of the sunsets and the beautiful coastline, along with the occasional abstract object added in to offset it he is eventually tagged as an American Primitive, but asandpeople discover his work, they are amazed by it and at his first gallery showing all works listed for sale are sold.But beneath the art, there is a sinister plot at work, because this is after all a Stephen King novel Freemantle discovers a psychic ability in his work, painting items he should know nothing about, as well as the eventual power to paint events that come to fruition whether it be the restoring of blindness, or the forced suicide of a serial killer And then there s something wrong with the sold paintings death follows them The plot thickens, deepens, and becomes darker as the enigmatic history of Duma Key is discovered It seems Freemantle isn t the only person in its history to come to the island with a fragile mind and a special ability expressed through art Then there s the south side of the island which has become an overgrown and seemingly impenetrable jungle The last time Freemantle and his daughter, Ilse, took a trip headed in that direction, Ilse immediately felt nauseous and horrible sick, while Freemantle felt the insatiable familiar itch that grew to an unstoppable buzzing upon driving back north, they mysteriously found their ailments disappearing Clearly something evil and powerful doesn t want them getting to the south of the island.Duma Key is not just a novel for the fans, but a cathartic response from King over his near death accident in 1999 no doubt he relived his agonizing recovery while writing about Freemantle, and yet it is because of this firsthand experience, that Duma Key feels muchpersonal and empathetic Also being King s first foray into his new sometime Florida home, one might think his fellow Floridians a little unhappy on this introduction, or being Stephen King, they may feel the opposite and expect this Regardless, Duma Key is a welcome return of the great horror writer, with an extra development of character and setting that King seems to have discovered in his later years, making this book one of his best, and one of my personal favorites.Forbook reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter Duma Key has climbed the ranks and officially entered my Top 5 Kings List This is quite an accomplishment, if I do say so myself.Edgar Freemantle is a successful businessman Living with his wife of 20 years in Minnesota, they have raised two healthy girls and have a good life A solid life.This is, until the day Edgar is involved in a horrific accident on one of his construction sites Crushed by a piece of heavy equipment, he is lucky to be alive, although losing his right arm, injuring hi Duma Key has climbed the ranks and officially entered my Top 5 Kings List This is quite an accomplishment, if I do say so myself.Edgar Freemantle is a successful businessman Living with his wife of 20 years in Minnesota, they have raised two healthy girls and have a good life A solid life.This is, until the day Edgar is involved in a horrific accident on one of his construction sites Crushed by a piece of heavy equipment, he is lucky to be alive, although losing his right arm, injuring his hip and scrambling his brain doesn t seem so lucky to him immediately after the fact.His recovery is extremely difficult, putting a lot of strain on his marriage, with him and Pam ultimately separating.His psychologist, Dr Kamen, suggests perhaps a change of scenery would be best for his recovery efforts, as well as a hobby Edgar figures, why not He has the money, what is he sticking around Minnesota for He rents a beach house on a remote, undeveloped piece of land on the Florida coast, Duma Key The house, something of an artist s retreat, is perfect for him, as he is feeling like doing some sketching himself.Edgar begins to settle in and does indeed begin to create amazing art.He s unsure where some of it is coming from He just seems to be compelled The drawings and paintings pour out of him at an incredible rate, becomingintricate and astounding as he progresses.During this time, he makes a new friend while out for one of his daily beach walks Jerome Wireman lives at the big house on Duma Key, caring for its aging lady of the house, Elizabeth Eastlake.It is mainly through these characters that Edgar begins to learn of the dark history and lore of Duma Key and the Eastlake family.However, Duma has a lot to say itself and that s when things really start to get dangerous.There is so much to love about this story I knew absolutely zero about it going in I don t even think I ever read a full synopsis.I was delighted as the story unfolded The relationships, as is to be expected with King, were so deep and well done The friendship between Edgar and Wireman is easily one of the best I have ever read.In my opinion, King is great with this type of human dynamics Further, I really appreciate how none of the relationships in this story were romantic.It s friendship, it s family, and none of them are perfect, but they re all so real and compelling.Duma Key itself was incredibly well done He has such a sense of place, always incorporating the idea that places remember pieces of history live on through the lifeblood of the land and structures themselves.You see this type of idea a lot throughout King s works, from this one, to The Shining, Pet Sematary and everything in between.Overall, I could wax poetic about this novel for hours There is so much to unpack with this story It s extremely intricate, I would love to read it again someday and most likely will.If you are a Constant Reader and haven t picked this up yet, delay noIt s a stunner And this is why adults shouldn t play with dolls Edgar Freemantle used to be the quintessential American success story He was a self made millionaire who built a thriving construction business, and he had a long and happy marriage which produced two daughters However, Edgar s good luck ran out one day when he had a brutal run in with a crane at a job site that cost him an arm, screwed up a leg, and cracked his skull The brain trauma left his eggs slightly scrambled and made him prone to fly i And this is why adults shouldn t play with dolls Edgar Freemantle used to be the quintessential American success story He was a self made millionaire who built a thriving construction business, and he had a long and happy marriage which produced two daughters However, Edgar s good luck ran out one day when he had a brutal run in with a crane at a job site that cost him an arm, screwed up a leg, and cracked his skull The brain trauma left his eggs slightly scrambled and made him prone to fly into furious rages that his wife couldn t endure so the accident also ends his marriage.While trying to recover from his injuries and the divorce Edgar decides to relocate to Florida and indulge in his long dormant hobby of drawing and painting pictures Edgar rents a house at isolated Duma Key on the Gulf Coast where the gorgeous views and long walks on the beach inspire him to amazing artistic achievements and a rapid recovery of his health In fact, Edgar s progress in both areas could be termed as too good to be true if not downright spooky.I read this for the first time shortly after it was originally released in 2008, and at that time I was intrigued by the story of a damaged man turning to art to heal his body and mind which is a subject that King has intimate knowledge of after being run down by a car King wrote movingly about it in the non fiction On Writing However, I found the supernatural stuff lacking, and I d kinda wished that King had written just a straight up character piece about a guy discovering a latent talent following a tragedy Since then I ve seen what happens when King tries his hand at a non horror genre piece Mr Mercedes so I no longer think that would have been a good idea Overall, I found myselfintrigued this time by the supernatural aspects and less enad of the story about Edgar s recovery and development as a painter This is probably because I ve find myselfsensitive to the tics of his that I dislike which this has several of.First is that there s a general lack of focus King has always been willing to throw the kitchen sink at a reader, but he really seemed particularly unwilling or unable to pick a path and stick to it here There s elements you see from other stories like Dead Zone with a brain injury leading to weird abilities and there s the ghost story in an isolated locale like The Shining as well as bits and pieces from other King works All of this leads to the typical case of King bloat where it seems like a couple of hundred pages could have easily been shaved from the finished product.The character of Wireman is a prime example of something else I ve grown irritated with in King s work where he creates wise and quirky characters and then fills their mouths with overblown dialogue Here, Wireman frequently refers to himself in the third person, sprinkles his conversations with Spanish jargon, and he s full of meaningless sayings that are treated as profound by Edgar Seriously, if someone ever told me, Do the day, muchacho And let the day do you then I m going to flip them off and walk away Which is a shame because there was much about Wireman in this best friend role other than the way he constantly expressed himself that I really liked.Another King trope that has increasingly irked me in recent years in his habit of creating situations where the characters are fighting the clock but then waste huge amounts of time talking instead of acting In this one there s a point near the end where hell is gonna be unleashed at sunset which is coming fast, and yet Edgar feels that s the ideal time to sit the other characters down and tell them a long rambling story about what he s discovered And then of course they find themselves screwed at sunset How about for once you let them get the job done and save story time for afterwards, Uncle Stevie However, despite these gripes I did enjoy this book King hits the melancholy tone of Edgar, a middle aged man with a broken home and broken body, perfectly Doing one of his stories on a bright Florida beach rather than the spooky Maine woods was a nice change of pace, and it fits the way that there s an underlying tension to all of it There s also an extremely wicked irony at play here in that most of the stuff happening seems like a good thing rather than evil Edgar is healing and he s creating amazing art, and he even uses his newfound abilities to do some good You can see how he s willing to push aside any warning signs because so much of what is happening to him is legitimately changing his life for the better without any of the usual dark down side you d immediately see in most horror books.It s not quite as good as I found it in 2008, but it s still one of the better later era King novels From the Flap 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 devastatingThe 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 In Duma Key Stephen King taps into extreme mid life crisis and although he stirs it in a bubbling vat of macabre, the core, non magical, element remains What is one to do with one s life Edgar Freemantle struggles with redefining himself after having faced near death trauma, having lost not only his right arm but some of his mental function, and, oh yes, his marriage Have a nice day Luckily for him, and conveniently for the author, he has been a very successful contractor and, having socked In Duma Key Stephen King taps into extreme mid life crisis and although he stirs it in a bubbling vat of macabre, the core, non magical, element remains What is one to do with one s life Edgar Freemantle struggles with redefining himself after having faced near death trauma, having lost not only his right arm but some of his mental function, and, oh yes, his marriage Have a nice day Luckily for him, and conveniently for the author, he has been a very successful contractor and, having socked away rather large sums, he can afford to take a giant step away from the rubble of his life Eager to heal both body and mind, Edgar opts in to a large beach house on the lightly populated Duma Key This being Stephen King, the beach house and the island itself come withthan just sun, sand and surf In short order Freemantle discovers that his amateur s ability for drawing has blossomed into a world class talent for painting Edgar continues to experience sensations in the missing arm, and that feeling seems to connect him with inspiration for his creepy, if inspired canvasses There are dark forces at work, and the paintings Freemantle is cranking out have a little extra in them Down the beach he meets the elderly Elizabeth, owner of most of the Key, and Wireman, her caretaker The three strike up a fast friendship Elizabeth s past is at the center of this tale.Expect creepie crawlies, a few shivers, a puzzle to be figured out, good friends working together to try to do just that, and a powerful resident evil This is a fast paced book I hated to put it down It was fun to read, and scary enough King has a particular fondness for children in his stories, and does not disappoint here, offering not only chapters in which the narrator is a child, but characters both immediate and historical that fit the bill Also, Freemantle s own children, while adult, or near adult, still qualify because of how he feels about them.I did not think that Duma Key was one of his best works But garden variety Stephen King is better than most in this genre He is readable, enjoyable, and taps into enough reality to lend emotional substance to his spook stories A few other SKs we have reviewedUnder the DomeThe ShiningLisey s StoryDoctor Sleep Wrap Pet Sematary in a Bag of Bones and you ll have Duma Key Revenants, creepy dolls, paintings that fix the broken, and enough tragedy to fill a swimming pool with tears is what you ll find within these pages The scene at the end with name deleted because spoilers is one of the creepiest heart rending scenes I ve read The descriptions are so well written It truly is masterful The sand coming off her fingers Well, I guess you had to have been there Those of you who have read Duma Key Wrap Pet Sematary in a Bag of Bones and you ll have Duma Key Revenants, creepy dolls, paintings that fix the broken, and enough tragedy to fill a swimming pool with tears is what you ll find within these pages The scene at the end with name deleted because spoilers is one of the creepiest heart rending scenes I ve read The descriptions are so well written It truly is masterful The sand coming off her fingers Well, I guess you had to have been there Those of you who have read Duma Key will know of what I speak.This book also has one of my favorite secondary characters ever to show up in a King novel Wireman beats out Trashcan Man for the top honor I like Wireman He s a cool dude Moreover, I could read banter between him and Edgar all day and never get bored of it.If you are one of those who have not felt the draw to read this book, or have never been able to finish it, I really wish you would The level of imagination on display here is impressive King wrote over 50 novels before this one Keep that in mind To still give this much of a shit about his craft after writing that many doorstops Dude, it s just mindboggling.Finally, there are far too many tie ins to the Dark Tower universe to name here especially where the number 19 is concerned but I feel the most important are the obvious ones Roses pop up in a lot of Edgars paintings, and Edgar shares the same gift as Patrick, The Artist from the final book At one point in the book, Edgar thinks of life as a wheel, and there s mention of his daughter hearing a woman talking inside a sink drain For those of you hardcore Tower junkies, you can go to King s website link below and check out all the times 19 shows up, or you can read the bit I copied and pasted below Your choice.Link by ZackThere are several references to the Dark Tower Series Edgar refers to himself as a gunslinger pg 433 One of Edgar s major works is Roses Grow from Shells His ex wife tattoos a rose onto her breast Roses are also mentioned several times in the novel The main antagonist wears a red robe similar to that of the Crimson King His daughter s name Ilse Marie Freemantle has 19 letters in it Edgar s E mail is EFree19 and his real estate agent s is SmithReality9505, both of which have numbers the amount to 19, which constant readers will recognize Along with these other 19 s , the first big storm or Alice occurred in 1927, which when added together makes 19 and the flight he takes to Florida is flight 559 Pam s room number is 847 which added together is 19 Edgar s artistic abilities seem to parallel those of Patrick Danville, especially the ability to remove things from reality by drawing and then erasing them Nan Melda loses two fingers on her right hand on a beach, which also happens to Roland Deschain at the beginning of the Drawing of the Three Charley the Lawn Jockey pg 568 shares the name of Charlie the Choo Choo, and the root char, meaning death, also echoed when Edgar thinks about having people sit in the char when he has to think sideways to mean chair In one passage of the book, Edgar compares life to a wheel, in the sense of always coming around to the beginning, one of the main philosophies of the Dark Tower The idea that drawings or paintings can change reality is another recurring motive In summation This book is packed with the magic of storytelling It always surprises me when I hear King fans saying the didn t like this one I honestly believe it is one of his best.Final Judgement Art Awful Cloyingly sentimental, forcedly folksy, sloppily written At first I was hoping that he was doing this on purpose, using the unrealistic dialogue and the instant bonding of the characters to turn it around on us, make us look back and see it as creepy eventually, but it s just bad writing The characters don t act like people, they act like characters in a Stephen King novel When they develop psychic powers, nobody even blinks, and everybody immediately understands how they workbecaus Awful Cloyingly sentimental, forcedly folksy, sloppily written At first I was hoping that he was doing this on purpose, using the unrealistic dialogue and the instant bonding of the characters to turn it around on us, make us look back and see it as creepy eventually, but it s just bad writing The characters don t act like people, they act like characters in a Stephen King novel When they develop psychic powers, nobody even blinks, and everybody immediately understands how they workbecause these are the things that would happen in a Stephen King novel To an extent he s earned a lot of leeway, and he s still a great natural storyteller, so there s nothing preventing you from reading it it s not the kind of awful where you can t force yourself to read another page Thus two stars But it s just poor work on all sorts of levels.Here s something that particularly bothered me Maybe it s quibbling, but an editor should have caught this, if not the author The first person narrator uses the word febrile on page 248 first time it s appeared in the book On page 249, another character uses it in dialogue It s an uncommon enough word that the reader notices especially since it s out of character for the regular guy narrator If it were ultimately going to be revealed that it s all taking place in the narrator s head, it would be a good, if sort of obvious clue, but because it isn t, it s just a reminder that it s all taking place in the author s head Which, you know, it s sort of his job to avoid