The Gunslinger pdf book Summary by Stephen King
The Gunslinger pdf book is a dark-fantasy novel by American author Stephen King. It is the first volume in the Dark Tower series.
The story in Gunslinger pdf book centers on Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who has been chasing his adversary, “the man in black,” for many years. The novel fuses Western fiction with fantasy, science fiction, and horror, following Roland’s trek through a vast desert and beyond in search of the man in black. Roland meets several people along his journey, including a boy named Jake Chambers, who travels with him part of the way.
The Gunslinger pdf book Author – Stephen Edwin King
Stephen Edwin King author of The Gunslinger pdf book was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.
Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.
He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.
Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.
In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.
The Gunslinger pdf Book Information
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reprint edition (October 25, 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501161806
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501161803
- Lexile measure : 750
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #331,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- #4,999 in Dark Fantasy
- Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9,858 ratings
The Gunslinger pdf Book Reviews
“An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement.” ― Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center.” ― Milwaukee Sentinel
“Brilliant, fresh and compelling…will leave you panting for more.” ― Booklist
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book for one of his first
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2022
This is a good novel overall. It is obvious King wrote this at the beginning of his career. He even acknowledges his early mistakes and said that he went through and revised many after he finished the 7th book. All things considered, a very good novel. The BIGGEST thing people need to know is the ending is a cliffhanger… As in gotta read the next book to find out what happens, the the next etc. The only one that isn’t necessary is book 4 1\2, which he wrote last to go between books 4 and 5.
5.0 out of 5 stars Think you know Stepehn King? Wrong.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021
I have read the entire epic series….twice. This is a gift for a friend; the first book in the tower series. King takes you into Roland of Gilead’s world as you share his quest for the dark tower. Unlike anything else Stephen King has done…..vastly superior. The movie was a terrible attempt to capture the richness of King’s work. Don’t consider it an indicator of what you will experience by reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Time Journeying To The Tower
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2019
I like how King explores string theory and parallel universes here. This story is like a perfectly balanced soup we sometimes eat at a restaurant that’s not too much of this or where it’s not lacking in that. The mixed in genres, The Hobbit, King Arthurian legend, Doc Holiday, Biblical references and of course, horror are beautifully written. He weaves in other stories in here like, The Talisman, Insomnia, IT, and even Pet Sematary, (The black magic crystal that lets you travel to the land of the dead in his later D.T. volumes). The villains in these series are as intriguing to me as the enigmatic, archetype gunslinger is. And they range in variety as they do in lethality. Werewolves, ghosts, skin changers, artificial intelligence robots & trains, demons, rogue gunslingers, witches, evil men, sorcerers, were-spiders and even creatures related to Pennywise the clown. I suppose that like Roland, if you don’t have much of an imagination, then you should read a senseless love novel where there’s infidelity like in these tube soap operas and silly reality t.v. shows where people make a fool of themselves on national television.😂
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bias for my favorite author,
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2022
Stephen King will always enchant me with his writings: I’ve walked with Roland through the desert, I’ve felt the bitterness of his past and tasted the need for answers in the future that must come. I feel the weight of this journey just as Roland does. My only saving grace is that I can pause his journey for the Dark Tower to continue my own. I do not possess the eloquent way that this great author can write, so I know this review holds no candle to his talent, but if you are ready for a journey as life changing as an acid trip, please, do read this.
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