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The Stand

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Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by virus and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.

Soon to be a television series.

'THE STAND is a masterpiece' (Guardian). Set in a virus-decimated US, King's thrilling American fantasy epic, is a Classic.

First come the days of the virus. Then come the dreams.

Dark dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.

His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.

When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn't take long for the virus which killed him to spread across America and the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1344 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 60mm | 907g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1444720732
  • 9781444720730
  • 3,880

Review Text

[The Stand] has everything - adventure, romance, prophecy, allegory, satire, fantasy, realism, apocalypse . . . Great! New York Times Book Review
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[The Stand] has everything - adventure, romance, prophecy, allegory, satire, fantasy, realism, apocalypse . . . Great! * New York Times Book Review * A masterpiece . . . King says in the novel's introduction that he "wanted to write a fantasy epic like The Lord of the Rings, only with an American setting", and that's absolutely what he did . . . The Stand is dense and rich. Every character is full and alive * Guardian * A fabulous teller of stories who can create an entire new world and make the reader live in it * Express * A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel * Sunday Times * 'King is the greatest popular novelist of our day, comparable to Dickens'. * Toby Litt, Guardian * A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel * Sunday Times * 'King is the greatest popular novelist of our day, comparable to Dickens'. * Toby Litt, Guardian *
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About Stephen King

STEPHEN KING is the author of more than seventy books, all worldwide bestsellers. His recent titles include The Institute, which was described by the Sunday Express as a 'masterpiece', The Outsider (voted winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for best Mystery and Thriller 2018), and If It Bleeds.

Many of his titles have been turned into celebrated films, TV series and streamed events including IT, 'a book which speaks to everybody' (Guardian), The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me.

King was the recipient of America's prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.
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Rating details

668,914 ratings
4.33 out of 5 stars
5 55% (370,243)
4 29% (190,932)
3 12% (78,330)
2 3% (19,941)
1 1% (9,468)
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