Different Seasons

Different Seasons

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A "hypnotic" (The New York Times Book Review) collection of four novellas from Stephen King bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters. "The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make Stephen King the consummate storyteller that he is," hailed the Houston Chronicle about Different Seasons. This gripping collection begins with "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," in which an unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge--the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award-nominee The Shawshank Redemption. Next is "Apt Pupil," the inspiration for the film of the same name about top high school student Todd Bowden and his obsession with the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. In "The Body," four rambunctious young boys plunge through the facade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. This novella became the movie Stand By Me. Finally, a disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death in "The Breathing Method."
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1982
ISBN: 9781501143489
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kin
Description: ix, 591 pages ; 22 cm


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"Really a collection of novellas, this one contains The Body, which became Stand By Me on the screen, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, perhaps the best story with the worst title in history, and Apt Pupil, which one of the creepiest psychological thriller I’ve ever read."

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DBRL_DanaS Dec 19, 2018

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption: 5 stars
Apt Pupil: 4-4.5 stars
The Body: 3 stars. I enjoyed the movie Stand By Me which is based off this story, so I was surprised that I liked this least of the bunch.
The Breathing method: 4 stars

shokolit Aug 06, 2017

Other than Apt Pupil (which I found very disturbing), the short stories in this collection are extremely good. Two of them were produced into very successful and memorable films (The body-> Stand By Me , Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption -> The Shawshank Redemption) and as usually is the case, the original stories are far better than their Hollywood versions.

May 05, 2014

Every story in this book is so interesting, I've recommended this book to my friends and family. A must read!

May 03, 2014

I read these out of order because I knew that I wasn’t going to like Apt Pupil very much and I wanted to get it over with soonest. I admire the skill of the plot and the psychology of these two twisted souls feeding off of each other, but it was more sickening than enjoyable (I’m hoping that’s what King wanted). The other three stories I liked a lot more. The Breathing Method is more my kind of weird – a spooky tale within the great framework of the “gentlemen’s story club.” I knew that I would love The Body (though I think I like the movie better - sacrilege!) and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. They have a kind of nostalgia that I love, and I became so attached to the characters.

nkontrol Jul 12, 2013

I only checked this book out to read the novella "The Body" based on my favorite movie of all time, Stand By Me. The details were really good, and I liked the whole story overall.

Sidewinder88 Feb 10, 2013

I always loved Stephen King's short stories. This batch is definitely something to check out. My favorites are Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and The Body. OMG, absolutely LOVED Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Its so realistically written and the plot just flows along so smoothly, the tone is great and the main characters felt so real, I loved them. I saw the movie based on 'The Body' before reading the story but it did not stop me from enjoying it. It goes deeper into the boys' lives than the movie does and amazingly written from a teenager's point of view. Overall, a great short story collection.

bookfanatic1979 Oct 22, 2011

At the risk of sounding like a lunatic—or offending the author—I find much of King’s work to be rather charming. My favorite thing about his books isn’t the horror aspect (though I consider it a definite plus). The reason I come back to King is his portrayal of the characters he writes about—their friendships and mortal enemies, loves/hates, personal demons, and journeys.


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