By the end of Ralph’s journey – and make no mistake, it is a journey, even though he technically doesn’t go anywhere; even though he’s a character I (wrongly) assumed had no more journeys left in him to make – you’re completely embroiled, and desperately hoping that the inevitability which the novel has pretty much guaranteed the whole way through won’t come to pass. Ralph Roberts, recently windowed septuagenarian, can’t sleep. They’re actually serving to bridge the divide between the concepts of “purpose” and “random” – two key notions in King’s Dark Tower series, and a less high-profile constant throughout much of his later work. Through his insomnia, he witnesses a new world where auras glow around people and something like balloon strings rise from their heads into the skies – their life forces and souls. short lived creatures), with tiers of creatures rising above them (long-timers and then immortal like beings who are, of course, all-timers) and how these groups interact, one with the other. There is a good argument to be made for Insomnia being something of a spiritual sequel: both books feature the same themes, and there are loud echoes of the earlier book. It’s just boring. On the other hand, there is a segment of melancholy yet beautiful music that captures the transcendental moments and makes the experience sublime, making the audio version a pretty mixed bag. I wasn’t interested in senior citizens any more than (shame on me) I was interested in the more intricate feminist notes that King was hitting. Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. In Nightmute, Alaska, seventeen year old resident Kay Connell is found murdered. A Slow Read to Cure Insomnia. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Examining the structure of the world, Insomnia represents humans as short-timers (i.e. It is potentially his single most influential work, for me. Stephen King (born. Synopsis Instead? Yet, if the politics feel forced, the situations and arguments hackneyed, and the entire thing doesn’t really play into the plot of the novel itself, but just hangs out there in full red hearing mode, well . My sister is thinking of getting another Stephen King novel for her grandson who is 14 going on 15. They longed for their youth, tried to recapture it: it’s a theme in so many of King’s novels. | September 21, 1947) may be known as a horror writer, but he calls himself a “brand name,” describing his style as “the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and a large fries from McDonald’s.” Copyright 2012 - 2017 Silver Beacon Marketing Inc. Read our. The sound effects were sometimes sublime and at other times simply ridiculous or too theatrical. Recommended with caution. Rereading Stephen King, chapter 32: Insomnia A spiritual successor to It, and a Dark Tower novel in all but name, this meditation on time, ageing, free will and predestination is one of King… However, I was close several times to just stopping the disc and popping in an Agatha Christie instead. Wallach does well reading, emphasizing words and giving each character a unique voice and tenor . Apparently Mr. King was a big fan of "Wrong Turn," which helped the director land the new gig. Insomnia is a Dark Tower book, more so than perhaps any other non-main series text. No relation to the Christopher Nolan crime thriller of the same name. He glimpses strange auras around people that trail off into the sky like strings (or, as he comes to think of them, as lifelines); then he starts to see strange, shrunken men dressed like doctors, creeping around at night wielding huge pairs of scissors. And it made the entire book worth it for me. The theme of free will versus some form of higher predestination runs through a huge amount of King’s fiction, coming to a head in the Dark Tower series. If you remember my reread of The Gunslinger, I didn’t read the Dark Tower series until I was 23. It’s crucial, frankly, to an understanding of some of the deeper themes of the Dark Tower books; and vice versa. In The Dark Half we got a book that bordered on the metafictional, followed by two novels, Gerald’s Game and Dolores Claiborne, that showcased King’s desire to represent female characters better. Insomnia worked fine by itself – once I started to accept it for what it is, rather than what I wanted it to be – but it works so, so much better when considered as part of King’s wider oeuvre.