Monday, 19 March 2012
Devouring Stephen King: The Dark Tower II The Drawing of the Three
The Drawing of the Three, on the other hand, is one of my favourite books in the series, and considering the series, that's saying a lot. There's basically nothing I don't like about it- King manages to create tension that lasts throughout, it's continually twisting and turning, and even though I'd read it before, I wasn't even sure what was going to happen! And that's not because I wasn't paying attention the first time, but just because there's so much happening at all times that you can't be sure where things will end up, and it's so early on in the series that you can't be sure who's important and who's expendable as a character. And even though I knew (knew!) the exact lifespan of each and every character in this book, I still found myself feeling a little bit terrified for Roland, and then Eddie, and, well, you catch my drift.
I feel like there's a limit to how much I can say, mostly because I don't want to ruin the story/entire series for you, but also because I shouldn't be allowed to gush! It's not healthy, nor, I'm sure, very interesting! So I'll just get it out of the way now that you should obviously, obviously read this series. I mean, it goes without saying, right? Roland is so incredibly strong and yet vulnerable, Eddie is my absolute favourite (more on him in a bit), and, well, Susannah? In this book, at least, she's very... interesting, but later on I know I love her too! And then there are all the other characters who I know that I haven't even met yet this time around, and really, I'm kind of impatient for them to appear! Damn, I love these books!
Anyway, so Eddie. I love him. Even though actually, in this book, he has the least to do with the ultimate story (after he's been 'drawn', the story draws really tightly together, and is really smart and intricate and has you going 'oooh!' at all the coincidence type-things) but at the same time, Roland, and by extension the reader, spends the most time in Eddie's head and so I think we start feeling like we know him the best, and I definitely feel like I love him the best. And really, there's a lot about Eddie that isn't so loveable- he's a heroin addict with a nasty brother, and when we first meet him, he's smuggling 2 pounds of cocaine on a flight to New York. Nice. But, the more we learn about him, the more we're able to see how he operates, and most importantly, how much more open his heart is than Roland's. He's like the anti-Roland, which is such a good thing for the series because hey, sometimes you need a little less monomania. My favourite thing about Eddie is the way that, even though he's a heroin addict, the thing he most needs is to look after other people- he's not happy unless he can take care of someone, and he's presented with ample opportunities to do so, especially in this book. I just think it's really masterful, and also wonderful, how King can take a character who, at first doesn't seem to be massively likeable, but once his insides are explored, he becomes someone we (or at least I) can really love.
So, I've essentially revealed nothing about the story, other than that there's a guy called Eddie who I love. And that's probably ok- I feel like this is one of those things that you need to know nothing about before going into it, so that once you're reading it you can be constantly surprised and amazed and sometimes even heartbroken and you haven't really been expecting it. At least, that's how I read these books the first time around, and oh, how I loved them! I'll just say this: The Drawing of the Three is masterful in plot and character development, and it's an amazing second part of an amazing series. Sound good enough for you?
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This book has been on my TBR pile for a long time. I am definitely more motivated to move it up to the top after reading this review.ReplyDelete
Yay! Just make sure you read The Gunslinger first though, that's very important!Delete
I like to think of The Gunslinger as a prologue to the series and The Drawing of the Three as the first proper book.ReplyDelete
The Dark Tower series kind of reminds me of the Star Wars movies. The original trilogy was pretty great (Gunslinger through The Waste Lands) and then the final trilogy (Wolves of the Calla through The Dark Tower) started bad, got worse and then finished strong. I'm leaving out Wizard and Glass because it's more of a prequel than the other books. But I think the analogy fits.
FWIW, I love Eddie. I think as a character he has the strongest arc and the most growth. I loved watching his character really embrace the goodness that's at his center while also becoming kind of a bad-ass.
See we are very different people! Cause I basically just love allll the series, except The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass, which I still *like* but just not as much. This could all change on this reading though, so we'll see! The Drawing of the Three remains awesome (clearly) though, and is possibly my favourite in the series... I don't know. The seventh book is kind of amazing too. IT'S JUST ALL GOOD!Delete
I have heard so many good things about the Dark Tower series. I only read my first Stephen King this year (11/22/63) and really loved it. I'm thinking this series will have to be my next.ReplyDelete
YAY! All I would say about it with that in mind is that The Dark Tower is not necessarily like King in his most natural state (i.e. horror writing) but having said that, it's still some of his best stuff so, yeah, go with it! If you want something more horror-y though, I'd go with It, cause it's the best thing of all the best ever things!Delete