Duma Key

Duma Key

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Renting a house on the Florida coast after suffering a crippling accident and ending his marriage, construction millionaire Edgar Freemantle creates works of art that lead him to discover unsettling elements from his landlady's enigmatic family history.

Baker
& Taylor

Renting a house on an eerily undeveloped stretch of the Florida coast after suffering a crippling accident and ending his marriage, construction millionaire Edgar Freemantle obsessively creates works of art that lead him to discover unsettling elements from his landlady's enigmatic family history. Simultaneous.

Simon and Schuster
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 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. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with 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 for Duma Key, an eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico calls out to him, and Edgar draws. Once he meets Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman with roots tangled deep in Duma Key, Edgar begins to paint, sometimes feverishly; 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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2008
ISBN: 9780743569743
0743569741
Characteristics: 18 sound discs (ca. 23 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Slattery, John 1963-

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JosephKelley
May 16, 2017

Slow and rather boring book.

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haploU5
Aug 25, 2011

18 discs
After a terrible construction site accident, a multi-millionaire contractor, Edgar Freemantle, loses an arm, his wife and gains a whole lot of rage. On his psychiatrist’s advice, he decides to leave his home in Minnesota for a beach house on Duma Key, Florida, a small stretch of sand that seems oddly underdeveloped. Once there, he starts to paint pictures which not only becomes an obsession but his canvases seem to tell a story, one that has to do with the family that lived on Duma on the 1920’s and involved the mysterious drowning of two very young twin sisters. As the story unfolds and he gets caught up in the events that happened over 80 years before, Edgar soon discovers that whatever evil lurked back then never died, just went dormant for a while. As he frantically paints, he discovers he is not just able to make things happen by drawing them….but by erasing them as well.
The story had such potential that I was eagerly waiting for the story to take off, but it, unfortunately, never did. When giant frogs with teeth and lawn jockeys coming to life were introduced as the malevolent entities of the novel, I started seriously questioning myself as to whether I had just maybe outgrown Stephen King novels. I would like to think that this is just not one of his best and that he hasn’t lost the magic that is Stephen King.

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