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A timeless exploration of the loneliness and isolation of young adulthood, Stephen King's The Body is an iconic, unforgettable, coming-of-age. Results 1 - 10 of download Stephen King eBooks to read online or download in PDF or ePub on your PC, tablet or mobile There's no identification on the body. Fall from Innocence: The Body STEPHEN KING Level 5 Retold by Robin Waterfield Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn.
His dad burnin his ears like that. Teddy got that crazy, stubborn look on his face and said fuck that, he had pine tar all over his hands and he was gonna go up until he could touch the top. Nothing Chris said could talk him out of it. So up he went, and he actually made it—he only weighed seventy-five pounds or so, remember. He stood there, clutching the top of the pine in one tar-gummy hand, shouting that he was king of the world or some stupid thing like that, and then there was a sickening, rotted crack as the branch he was standing on gave way and he plummeted.
What happened next was one of those things that make you sure there must be a God. And although his wrist swelled up fat and he was unable to use his right hand very well for almost two weeks, Chris held him until Teddy, screaming and cursing, got his foot on a live branch thick enough to support his weight. When they got down, Chris was gray-faced and almost puking with the fear reaction. And Teddy wanted to fight him for pulling his hair. I just get a couple of hairs and Teddy screams and down he goes.
Weird, huh? Then we looked away again and watched Teddy and Vern throwing water at each other, screaming and laughing and calling each other pussies. He winked at me, formed an O with his thumb and forefinger, and spat a neat white bullet through it. Vern yelled: We collapsed laughing in the still, smoky odor of the place, and Chris tossed Vern his canteen. When it was full, Chris and I went to the pump and first Chris pumped for me and then I pumped for him, the shocking cold water sluicing off the soot and the heat all in a flash, sending our suddenly freezing scalps four months ahead into January.
The tree was hunched slightly to the west, as if what it really wanted to do was pick up its roots the way an old lady would pick up her skirts and just get the hell out of the dump. Everything was there and around us. We knew exactly who we were and exactly where we were going. It was grand. Ewing the finger and then sauntered out of her class with his hands in his pockets while she shouted at him , the best TV show either The Untouchables or Peter Gunn—both Robert Stack as Eliot Ness and Craig Stevens as Gunn were cool , all that stuff.
It was Teddy who first noticed that the shade of the ash tree was getting longer and asked me what time it was. I looked at my watch and was surprised to see it was quarter after two. Dump opens at four. Four hands snatched them from the air. Four flat smacks on four grimy wrists. We uncovered. Two heads and two tails. We flipped again and this time all four of us had tails. Four heads, or a moon, was supposed to be extraordinarily good luck.
Four tails was a goocher, and that meant very bad luck. Go again. Billy tole me they was flippin for beers and they came up a goocher just before they got into the car. And bang! You gonna flip or not?
This time he, Chris, and Teddy all had tails. I was showing Thomas Jefferson on a nickel.
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And I was suddenly scared. It was as if a shadow had crossed some inner sun. They still had a goocher, the three of them, as if dumb fate had pointed at them a second time.
Abruptly I thought of Chris saying: Three tails, one head. Then Teddy was laughing his crazy, cackling laugh and pointing at me and the feeling was gone.
Vern laughed. And when I look at you I throw up. I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, did you? See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Scribner June 5, Publication Date: June 5, Sold by: English ASIN: Enabled X-Ray: Horror Books. Young Adult Books. Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback.
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Not written by Stephen King! This version has been retold by a hack college professor who is incapable of telling his own tales! This story is a children's school reading version, retold by a different author!! So odd and misleading not to say this in the description. See photo. site Edition Verified download. This was my third reading of "The Body", over the years since Mr King first published it. One of my favorite reads of all time. It is a novella, I guess that is what it is called which I understand means longer than a short story and shorter than a novel.
I am quite certain it will not be the last time I read it. If I ever have a chance to see the movie "Stand by Me", the movie which was made based on it, I will also watch it again. Great story from one of America's greatest story tellers ever. Not what I expected It was written in and appeared in one of author Stephen King's short story collections.
There are a few changes from the movie and a few scenes not showed. It's very evocative of growing up in the s in America.
It is not at all a horror story as is often connected with King. One person found this helpful. I just love Stephen King books.
This one introduces you to a gang of misfits and you get to slowly know them as they search of another boys body in the woods. Hope I didn't spoil it for you but their adventure explores their past and present in the Stephen King way and you root for them throughout their trip.
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Excellent writing, you really care about them and hope for the best. I loved it. I love Stephen King but this one fell short. I've read the story before so paying for it again, under a new title is b. The way it's advertised is misleading. I'd love to be able to get my money back. As usual Good Job Again!!! As they travel, they discover how cruel the world can be, but also how wondrous.
Get A Copy. Paperback , Penguin Reader: Level 5 , 80 pages. Published December 20th by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Castle Rock, Maine United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Body , please sign up. Would it be appropriate for juniors or seniors in high school?
Sharon There was one section in the book where you read a short story written by the main character as an adult. In it, sexually graphic situations were …more There was one section in the book where you read a short story written by the main character as an adult. In it, sexually graphic situations were described.
In addition, the book contains a lot of "f" words and "f your mother in this particular way " type of talk. I wish there was less of that, because I think it would be a great book for middle or early high school students. With that said, I think a Junior or Senior in high school would be fine.
Sharon The movie followed the book very closely. Often, when a book is turned into a movie parts are trimmed and situations slightly changed. I can't really …more The movie followed the book very closely. I can't really think of anything like that for "The Body" compared to "Stand by Me" except the title. See all 9 questions about The Body…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 05, Nataliya rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who's looking for a well-written character-based story.
For all of those who keep insisting that Stephen King is a literary equivalent of Big Mac and fries, writing in the comfortable confines of the frequently-despised 'genre' - please take a look at The Body: The Fall from Innocence , which is much more familiar to public in the quite faithful adaptation by Rob Reiner - 'Stand by Me'.
It's not King's trademark horror; it is actually free of the constraints of any so-called 'genre'. It is a coming-of-age character-study novella set in Maine wher For all of those who keep insisting that Stephen King is a literary equivalent of Big Mac and fries, writing in the comfortable confines of the frequently-despised 'genre' - please take a look at The Body: It is a coming-of-age character-study novella set in Maine where monsters are not hiding behind bushes but instead live in the hearts of people - the setting and themes at which King excels.
The blue-collar childhood in a small Maine town in is not a place of magic and wonder - these boys are no strangers to abandonment and abuse and prejudice. Hot-tempered and volatile Teddy Duchamp has been physically mutilated by his mentally ill father whom he still worships. Childish and not-too-bright Vern Tessio lives in fear of his brother.
Gordie Lachance , whose adult writer self is telling us this story, is little but a stranger to his parents who never got over the death of his older brother. Smart and tough Chris Chambers , a kid from a family that supplies Castle Rock with alcoholics and juvenile delinquents, is being seriously abused by his father and is seen as a worthless and even dangerous person because of his family.
Chris was marked up every two weeks or so, bruises on his cheeks and neck or one eye swelled up and as colorful as a sunset, and once he came to school with a big clumsy bandage on the back of his head. Other times he never got to school at all. His mom would call him in sick because he was too lamed up to come in. Chris was smart, really smart, but he played truant a lot, and Mr. If Chris was being truant and Bertie as we called him - always behind his back, of course caught him, he would haul him back to school and see that Chris got detention for a week.
But if Bertie found out that Chris was home because his father had beaten the shit out of him, Bertie just went away and didn't say boo to a cuckoo bird.
It never occurred to me to question this set of priorities until about twenty years later. We knew exactly who we were and exactly where we were going.
It was grand. This is a trip that uncovers both the steel and the vulnerability in the characters of Chris and Gordie, and shoves them from the haven of childhood into the world where things take work and sacrifice and pain, the world that is often cruel and cynical and unavoidable. Don't you know that? They're like drowning guys that are holding onto your legs. You can't save them. You can only drown with them.
I remember getting that feeling at around twelve, the age the boys in this book are, and I remember how unsettling that realization was. At that time it feels like friendships are forever, and that things that connect you to other people are there to stay - and realizing how easy and even necessary it can be to break those bonds is quite unsettling. Gordie, a kid who is emotionally neglected by his family, acutely feels the sincerity and kindness that Chris brings into the world, despite his 'tough' origins - Chris, the center of this ragtag group, is grown up beyond his years, and has some hard-earned wisdom for his twelve years of age, sprinkled with a bit of pain and bitterness but grounded in common sense.
We were clinging to each other in deep water. I've explained about Chris, I think; my reasons for clinging to him were less definable. His desire to get away from Castle Rock and out of the mill's shadow seemed to me to be my best part, and I could not just leave him to sink or swim on his own. If he had drowned, that part of me would have drowned with him, I think.
There are lyrical parts and trademark-King unflinching gory parts, and social commentary without the slightest sugar-coating. The story is peppered in places with the stories written by older Gordon and full of reflections of the adult man reflecting on the important and defining experience of the end of his childhood.
View all 38 comments. Set in , the story takes place in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine, where twelve-year-old Gordie Lachance and his three friends are ready to set out to substantiate the rumours that the body of a missing boy has turned up near the next town. As the boys to begin their summer trek, they must come together to face winding train tracks, a brief dip in an interesting water hole, and a great deal of self-discovery. King pulls the reader in from the outset in this well-paced piece, which shows just how amazing youth can be, when tempered with a little sobering maturity.
Recommended for those who like King and his various writing styles. No need to be wary, for there is little gore, but enough language that some readers may want to look elsewhere. I always enjoy Stephen King pieces, as they keep me wondering where things will go in his circuitous writing style. There was a strict ban on my reading his novels when I was younger, for reasons I am not entirely sure I remember.
My adult years have been spent catching up and I have come to see that King can be a little intense, but he has a great deal I thoroughly enjoy. King offers up a lighter novella here, allowing his characters to develop nicely without the excessive gore.
Lachance explores some of the sentiments of his own childhood, as well as honing his skills as a writer. Gordie offers up much development as it relates to his friends, giving the reader a more comprehensive approach to those who populate the story. Through a series of events that weave together into the larger story, King allows his characters to mature through their learning experiences.
Keeping the reader engaged throughout this quick read, King shows just how strong his writing can be, close to four decades later. Kudos, Mr. King, for another wonderful piece of writing. I am happy to have stumbled upon this one and will admit that I have not seen Stand By Me in its entirety, which will soon change. An ever-growing collection of others appears at: View all 16 comments.
Nov 01, Nayra. Hassan rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 12 comments. Find all of my reviews at: Because really? Jesus, did you? The good news is I was able to pull a double-whammy and make the youngest listen too on the way to and from his baseball tournament this weekend. He completely blew me away when he complained as I hit strategically hit pause at a certain point in the story so we could hear it in full the next morning.
And what a morning we had! A total barf-o-rama full of cackling and full-blown guffaws. And the movie is one of the best book-to-screen translations in the history of filmmaking. This was my third audio book and I finally found a winner. The only thing that could have been better is if it would have been Richard Dreyfus doing the narrating: View all 20 comments. Feb 08, Leo. Well what can I say? What a great coming of age drama.
King at his absolute best. When this story was made into a film Stand By Me with River Phoenix and Keifer Sutherland I thought there is no way they will make the movie as good as the book. Well I was wrong, the film is brilliant too. Stand, by me Jul 14, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked the movie Stand By Me so I knew going in to expect a great read, but what I found was so much more. As their many harrowing adventures and touching personal stories unfold, they run into big trouble with some older d I really liked the movie Stand By Me so I knew going in to expect a great read, but what I found was so much more.
View all 11 comments. Dec 20, Mohammed-Makram rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 13, Duane rated it really liked it Shelves: This early Stephen King story was adapted into the movie Stand by Me. The setting is s Maine where four young teens take a walking adventure trip looking for a dead boy's body. If you grew up in the 50s and 60s, this is the kind of stuff you would do, damn the consequences.
Great story telling by a master story teller. View 1 comment. A beauty. Not gonna lie, I teared up about Chris.
One of King's greatest stories. Dec 08, Helga rated it it was amazing Shelves: Any other author could have written the simple story of 4 adolescents, who decide to embark on a journey to see the body of another youth, who has been killed by a train. But not anyone could have conveyed the senses of pleasure, misery, horror, rage, decency, camaraderie, wonderment and sympathy embedded throughout the story.
View 2 comments. May 29, Elisabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was okay. I listened to it on audio, narrated by Frank Muller. I think this was my first time listening to him as a narrator, and I thought he was great. The story itself was nothing special. I was reminded a lot of IT- not because anything in the book was all that scary, but just because the boys seemed like they were doing a lot of the same things.
Walking train tracks through the woods, battling This was okay. Walking train tracks through the woods, battling bullies, swimming, etc. One of them is even a writer- which I believe one of the kids in IT grows up to be? The whole thing was so similar it just struck me as odd. Sure, King reuses a lot of the same themes, set in Maine, writers, coming of age, kids as heroes, bullies, etc.
It just seemed lazy to me. The highlight, for me, was the stories we're given from the writer, Gordie. He has one about a man named Chico, that's autobiographical for him in a way, and I really enjoyed it.
In the end, I'm not really sure what the point of The Body was. Kids go on a walk to find a body. That's pretty much it. Maybe I just couldn't relate. I know this was originally part of a collection, so I wouldn't rule the entire collection out- I just wouldn't bother re-reading this one.
Jan 17, Kerri Duff rated it it was amazing.
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This my second reading of The Body, and its just as powerful this time round, at times even more so because knowing how it ends changes how it reads, if that makes sense. It's strongly linked in my mind with the movie Stand By Me , which really captured this story, I think.
I picture Chris as he was portrayed by River Phoenix for example the same goes for the rest of them. For me the movie blends perfectly with the book in my mind at least.
I think it is a story I'll return to many times, b This my second reading of The Body, and its just as powerful this time round, at times even more so because knowing how it ends changes how it reads, if that makes sense. I think it is a story I'll return to many times, both in book and film form.
It really captures something beautiful and special. A firm favourite. Mar 07, J. I feel like I just watched an audio-only version of the film "Stand By Me". Which makes sense as this was the original story that inspired the movie. And its surprising how much the movie not only followed the original story, but captured much of its spirit.
Certainly the King version is much more vulgar and up front, but the wonder of youth and the harsh reality of time is there, in the film. I've always wanted to read this. I've always been a huge fan of the film and was always curious as to K I feel like I just watched an audio-only version of the film "Stand By Me". I've always been a huge fan of the film and was always curious as to King's take on it. Much of King's material goes back to a group of kids, a pack, going through some kind of bizarre adventure.
One only has to look at "It" and "Dreamcatcher" to see this. Both are very strong tales, some say his best I've only read Dreamcatcher, FYI , and that is the same case here. The one thing I will say that seperates the tale from the film is the ending. It's much broader here, more real and more heart breaking.
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I wont spoil it beyond that point. But, even though I hate to see things turn out in such a fashion for those characters, it makes sense to me. I think it's logical given the theme of the story and I don't think it's harsh or cruel or out of context. If you enjoyed the movie or enjoy King's work this is another that I highly recommend. Oct 21, Sam L. I gave up on it after I realized how vulgar the writing was. That was a while ago, and I have read many books since then, and my tastes have developed more.
I decide to try out reading The Body because it was classified as young adult, and it might be less The book was perfectly fine, It was almost similar to the Outsiders. It was just shy of pages, and if it was any longer, I would hav The only other thing that I've ever read by Stephen King roughly the first pages of Under The Dome. It was just shy of pages, and if it was any longer, I would have never entertained the idea of reading it.
It was still a little graphic to be classified as young adult, but I suppose that is the best you will get with a Stephen King book. I may read something else by Stephen King, but it will not be anywhere in the foreseeable future.
Nov 04, Marie rated it it was amazing. The straightforward, but somehow magical recount of four boys looking for a body, sounds like it should be so much less than it is.
The harsh reality of life, leaking out of a would-be romantic childhood adventure, lulls you into the wonder of youthful friendship, then slams you hard with the realization that life happens to everyone, and nothing about that is fair.
You wouldn't need to read between the lines for this to be a great story. King lays everything out for you, gut-wrenching but heart The straightforward, but somehow magical recount of four boys looking for a body, sounds like it should be so much less than it is.
King lays everything out for you, gut-wrenching but heartfelt, take it or leave it. I've always liked it when a story had the power to make me cry, and this one did far more than that.
Nothing that bad happens though, it isn't epic and romantic, not at all, but it's real and it feels real. It made me angry and sad, gasping for breath and tears rolling down my cheeks, slamming my head down into my pillow, at the unfairness of it all.
I've cried over many a book before, but I have never felt quite like this before, satisfied, but snubbed. Any story that can illicit that response from me is all right in my book, and I give it my recommendation with the highest regard.
With a Little Help from My Friends by The Beatles What would you think if I sang out of tune Would you stand up and walk out on me Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song And I'll try not to sing out of key Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends What do I do when my love is away Does it worry you to be alone? How do I feel by the end of the day Are you sad because you're on your own No, I get by With a Little Help from My Friends by The Beatles What would you think if I sang out of tune Would you stand up and walk out on me Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song And I'll try not to sing out of key Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends What do I do when my love is away Does it worry you to be alone?
How do I feel by the end of the day Are you sad because you're on your own No, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Do you need anybody I need somebody to love Could it be anybody I want somebody to love Would you believe in a love at first sight Yes, I'm certain that it happens all the time What do you see when you turn out the light I can't tell you but I know it's mine Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Do you need anybody I just need someone to love Could it be anybody I want somebody to love Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Yes I get by with a little help from my friends With a little help from my friends An amazing and remarkable story about friendship.
Friendship is like the sun above thats always shining bright, Friendship is like a golden smile that warms the coldest night, Friendship is a priceless gift of faithfullness and grace, and nothing in this world could ever take true friendships place The story is so sobering but touchful, u'll learn more about how to be a good friend, to be a good man for your brother even he was dead.
Gosh, I love this short novel so much. Unforgettable characters and absolutely magnificient story. Wonderful people are carefully created by God Wonderful moments are carefully planned by God, Wonderful friends like you are carefully gifted by God Hundred words does not give pain. But a true friend silence makes more tears in heart. Make your life a house your heart can live in. With a door that is open to receive friends. And a garden full of memories View all 21 comments.
Dec 02, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unlike his gory horror novels, this short story is just a book about four misfit kids who go on a hike to find a rumored dead body downtown, but on the way, they learn about friendship and family and reputation, and they also learn the real meaning of death, and what once became an immature adventure they eventually see the seriousness behind.
Sorry if you're really into it, lol. It had some really nice moments but otherwise I was kinda meh about it. Maybe if I had read a physical copy I would have had more of an emotional response to it. Sep 28, Peter Derk rated it really liked it. When we visited my grandma, she had one VHS we watched all the time: Stand By Me. It was like a ritual. Every time we visited, when it was time to find something to watch, that's what we watched.
It was like a ritual because I don't know how it started, and I don't remember the last time. But for years, it's what we did, and just the look of the movie reminds me of visiting her house. It made a great movie for this sort of thing. When you're a kid, Stand By Me is just a little Or it When we visited my grandma, she had one VHS we watched all the time: Or it feels that way.
It feels like something that's not totally outside the stuff you should be watching, but it's not like watching Nick Jr.
And then you get older, and it's still pretty great. The book and the movie are very close.I didn't either. The new day felt too good to share.
In it, sexually graphic situations were …more There was one section in the book where you read a short story written by the main character as an adult. He held my arm. Chris was smart, really smart, but he played truant a lot, and Mr. It's as if God gave you something—all those stories — and said, "Here you are. His eyes were dark and hard in his sweaty face. Some events were a cheating grocery store owner, a junkyard dog and his owner, crossing a railroad trestle, swimming in a pond, and a pie eating contest.
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