This is an author that I have not read for a while, but have come to appreciate these new offerings.
A Cautionary Tale
Book Report- Revival-by Stephen King, 2014
The writer, King, has a lot to say here in this little tale of our world. He channels Nicolai Tesla, Oliver Sachs, Frankenstein’s monster, and evangelists through the ages. There are a lot of Latin references to grimoirs, and if that term is strange just go read Harry potter again.
Thrown in for a flavoring of social responsibility is a grim picture of heroin addiction, insanity, and rock and roll guitar playing.
We start out with literal foreshadowing, with a child happily digging in the dirt with his plastic soldiers when a shadow falls over him. The story goes on from there treating us to pictures of dysfunctional families, medical “cures” from suspect electrical equipment, and portraits of doom for all.
The thing that impressed me the most was the preacher turned “healer’s” turn from his god.
Losing his family in such horrible conditions, entirely man made, was the tipping point from a believer to un- believer. He managed to continue to look and act sane, but that is so common in today’s world.
People can be bat s*#t crazy and still come across as “normal”, whatever that is.
King’s picture of the hidden universe is not sweet or awesome, only the dregs of our imagination ramped up to fill the Great Beyond.
Taking a preacher and turning him to an atheist overnight makes me wonder if Mr. King has recognized what is going on in the world, where young people are too busy with inventing their future to bother with going to church, or taking any stock in the old wives tales of the Christian Bible.
He seems to be saying that praying, paying and obeying is not too fulfilling for those under 30.
There are a lot of suicides in this story, but there evidently is no ceasing of the suffering for these sad people, as the nightmare continues in another dimension.
It seems Mr. King likes to take our fairy tales and twist them around until we get no little rays of hope for a better life beyond the grave. According to his turn of mind, the grave continues forever.
Still, it is refreshing to see rich and successful authors take a poke at our pompous assumptions that we can have any control over what happens in the so called “afterlife”. According to this book, You Don’t Want To Know!