The Stand by Stephen King
Originally Published: 1978
The Stand by Stephen King is the post-apocalyptic tale of good and evil. It is also one of my favorite books of all time.
When 99% of the world is killed by a flu strain that was accidentally released from a US Army base, the remaining must start again. People are dreaming. They are dreaming of 108-year old Mother Abigail in Colorado, and Randall Flagg, in Las Vegas. Their choice of who to follow will determine the world in which they live.
King’s characters are so rich, so deep. Besides Mother Abigail and Flagg, there is pregnant Frannie, who is much stronger than she thinks; Harold, who becomes a Frannie’s travelling companion from the outset, but who has an ulterior motive; Stu, who falls in love with Frannie; Nick, a deaf-mute who has a heart of gold; Tom, who is mentally challenged and looked after by Nick; Nadine, who feels she has been saving herself for something bigger and better; Larry, Glenn, Susan, Dayna, Julie, Lloyd, the “trashcan man”… Each brings something special to the table, some good, some bad, all important to the tale.
Not all will make it to their destination, and not all will make it to the other side.
I can read this again and again. In 1990, it was re-released with additional material that King had originally cut. It has been made into a television mini-series, and and a graphic novel, but every attempt so far to make the movie has been abandoned. It is too big!
Favorite Quotes from The Stand:
“That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”
“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.”
“It’s hard enough for a person to keep their own socks pulled up, let alone someone else’s.”
Re -Read: 2014