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Bobby Garfield's father had been one of those fellows who start losing their hair in their twenties and are completely bald by the age of forty-five or so.

Notes :
Hearts in Atlantis
- if you like the Dark Tower, then you should read this book. It's not an actual Dark Tower book, but is part of the story...

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Quotes :
Low Men in Yellow Coats:
  • “Life wasn’t easy, and life wasn’t fair.”
  • “Tempus fugit.”
  • “But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.”
  • “You have to be careful these days.”
  • “All things serve the Beam.”
  • “Don’t turn down for free in this world, kid, there isn’t much of it going around.”

  • Hearts in Atlantis:
  • “We want information.”
  • “Be in touch, baby, seeya.”
  • “Great minds run in the same channel.”
  • “Time’s too short to waste.”
  • “Hearts are tough. Most times they don’t break. Most times they only bend.”

  • Blind Willie:
  • “In life as well as in cards, once it’s laid, it’s played."
  • “If I die in a combat zone, bag me up and ship me home. If I die in a state of sin, close Your eyes and take me in.”

  • Why We’re In Vietnam:
  • “You can never really leave the past."

  • Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling:
  • “I guess things have a way of balancing out."

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  • A Stephen King novel/collection, written in 1999...
  • Hearts in Atlantis takes place in the years from 1960 to 1999...
  • King Said: 'Although it is difficult to believe, the sixties are not fictional; they actually happened'...
  • Five interconnected, sequential narratives deeply rooted in the sixties and each haunted by the Vietnam War!...

    Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mom is impoverished, and so bitter that she barely loves him. King is as good as Spielberg or Steven Millhauser at depicting an enchanted kid's-eye view of the world, and his Harwich is realistically luminous to the tiniest detail: kids bashing caps with a smoke-blackened rock, a car grille "like the sneery mouth of a chrome catfish," a Wild Mouse carnival ride that makes kids "simultaneously sure they were going to live forever and die immediately."
    Bobby's mom takes in a lodger, Ted Brautigan, who turns the boy on to great books like Lord of the Flies. Unfortunately, Ted is being hunted by yellow-jacketed men--monsters from King's Dark Tower novels who take over the shady part of town. They close in on Ted and Bobby, just as a gang of older kids menace Bobby and his girlfriend, Carol. This pointedly echoes the theme of Lord of the Flies (the one book King says he wishes he'd written): war is the human condition. Ted's mind-reading powers rub off a bit on Bobby, granting nightmare glimpses of his mom's assault by her rich, vile, jaunty boss. King packs plenty into 250 pages, using the same trick Bobby discerns in the film Village of the Damned: "The people seemed like real people, which made the make-believe parts scarier."
    Vietnam is the otherworldly horror that haunts the remaining four stories. In the title tale, set in 1966, University of Maine college kids play the card game Hearts so obsessively they risk flunking out and getting drafted. The kids discover sex, rock, and politics, become war heroes and victims, and spend the '80s and '90s shell-shocked by change. The characters and stories are crisscrossed with connections that sometimes click and sometimes clunk. The most intense Hearts player, Ronnie Malenfant ("evil infant"), perpetrates a My Lai-like atrocity; a nice Harwich girl becomes a radical bomber. King's metaphor for lost '60s innocence is inspired by Donovan's "sweet and stupid" song about the sunken continent, and his stories hail the vanished Atlantis of his youth with deep sweetness and melancholy intelligence.


    Scribner 1999.

    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

    Dust Jacket price: $28.00


    Hodder and Stoughton 1999.
    500 pages.
    Hardcover edition ISBN 0 340 73890 1.
    On Copyright Page: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

    Copyright © Stephen King, 1999.

    Author photograph: Tabitha King
    Jacket illustration: Larry Rostant/Superstock

    Price: 17,99£


    This is for Joseph and Leanora and Ethan:
    I told you all that to tell you this.


    Low Men in Yellow Coats

    Hearts in Atlantis

    Blind Willie

    Why We're in Vietnam

    Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling


    Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last US troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war - and the protests against it - had flooded America's living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.
    In Part One, 'Low Men in Yellow Coats', eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighbourhood. He also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror.
    In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest... and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter is sometimes no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.
    In 'Blind Willie' and 'Why We're in Vietnam', two men who grew up with Bobby in suburban Conneticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era in an America that sometimes seems as hollow - and as haunted - as their own lives.
    And in 'Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling', this remarkable book's denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await him.
    Full of danger, full of suspense, most ao all full of heart, Stephen King's new book will take some readers to a place they have never been... and others to a place they haver never been able to completly leave...


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