I picked Dreamcatcher up to read because after finders keepers I wanted to read a story that I know that I will enjoy. I’ve not read Dreamcatcher for a number of years so I settled down to read with much pleasure.
Released in 2001, Dreamcatcher was written by Stephen King when he was recovering from a 1999 car accident that nearly killed him. This certainly resonates throughout the book, which was originally written by hand.
The book follows five childhood friends, Duddits, Jonesy, Henry, Pete and Beaver. It’s told in the present as four of the five go on a hunting trip as adults. We learn about the past through memories of each of the four. I like the way that the past is explained through these memories, and how the past is slowly, memory by memory revealed. Of course the past is set in that friendly town all Stephen King fans know and love (fear), Derry. The key character in this book is Duddits, as he opens something in the other four children, and this something that carries the story told by the adult Jonesy, Henry, Pete and Beaver.
What do I think of Dreamcatcher?
When I read this book 15 years ago I tore through it a furious pace. I’ve taken my time this time, savouring the story and appreciating the skill in which Stephen King tells it. Now, I’m not saying that this is my favourite Stephen King book. It seems to be one of the King books that readers like the least, and to be honest I could never understand why. There are things I don’t like so much in the book, I don’t like the character Kurtz, but the fact is I’m not supposed to like him, so the author has succeeded here. On the whole this is a great book. I’m pretty sure that had another lesser known author had written Dreamcatcher, the book would have been reviewed much more favourably. As it is, if you haven’t read it, you should certainly give it a chance. This is a strong 4 star read.
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****Disclaimer – I bought this book myself, with my own money ****Tags: Dreamcatcher, Stephen King