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First line :
On September 15th, 1981, a boy named Jack Sawyer stood where the water and land come together, hands in the pockets of his jeans, looking out at the steady Atlantic.

Notes :
The Talisman is a 1983 fantasy novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. The plot of the King/Straub fantasy novel is not a reworking of the earlier Walter Scott book also titled The Talisman, although there is one oblique reference to "a Sir Scott Walter Scott novel".

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  • Written : 1984
  • Co-authored with Peter Straub.
  • 'Extraordinary... makes your hari stand on end!' -Washington Post...
  • Synopsis :
    Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer embarks on an epic quest-a walk from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the California coast-to find the talisman that will save his dying mother's life. Jack's journey takes him into the Territories, a parallel medieval universe, where most people from his own universe have analogs called "twinners." The queen of the Territories, Jack's mother's twinner.

    The Talisman begins and ends with the same scene: a boy, too tall for his age, standing out by the edge of the ocean, looking out. But there is a vast difference in the boy at the beginning and at the end, and contained within the book's weighty 770 pages is the epic quest in which we discover why.
    Jack Sawyer, the novel's preadolescent protagonist, is a boy who has lost his father at a young age and is now in the process of losing his mother to a frightening cancer. Complicating matters is Jack's Uncle Morgan Sloat, a wretch of a man who is very good at making Jack's mother (an ex-B movie actress named Lily Cavenaugh Sawyer) a living hell. At the novel's commencement, Jack and Lily are hiding from Sloat at the Alhambra Inn in New Jersey, near a dilapitated amusement park. It is at this amusement park that Jack begins his quest.
    A kindly black man named Speedy Parker meets Jack, and they talk about his mother's condition. After some time, Speedy produces a glass flask with something that looks like grape juice in it. Jack sips it ... and flips.
    It seems that, as Jake in The Gunslinger said, there are other worlds than these. Jack comes to learn that the only way to save his mother is by embarking on a cross-country trek that spans space, time, and dimensions, to find a mysterious object known only as The Talisman. The "magic juice" brings Jack into a land known as The Territories, where magic works like our science and almost every person and place has a "Twinner", a Territories counterpart. And the forces in both worlds are set to stop Jack ... at any cost.
    This is a coming-of-age journey for Jack, a road of trials that tests his will and sanity. Along the way, he will be employed in a hellish bar known as the Oatley Tap, experiance a tunnel horror in a sequence so riveting and scary it rivals the Lincoln Tunnel of The Stand, befriends a childlike werewolf who turns out to be very important to Jack, and takes a stand at a Black Hotel, which may be one of the many analogues to THE DARK TOWER ITSELF!!! Recomended reading for fans of both King and Straub.


    Grant 1984.

    1200 #ed signed 2 volumes slipcased, each artist received signed by SK and all 10 artists 1200 unsigned 2 volumes slipcased.

    Viking 1984.

    "First published in 1984 by the Viking Press"
    on copyright page.

    Dust Jacket price: $18.95


    Berkley Book 1985.
    770 pages.
    ISBN 0 425 10533 4.
    On Copyright Page: 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13

    Copyright © Stephen King and Peter Straub, 1984.

    Fiction: Horror


    This book is for


    Part I: Jack Lights Out
    1: The Alhambra Inn and Gardens
    2: The Funnel Opens
    3: Speedy Parker
    4: Jack Goes Over
    5: Jack and Lily
    Interlude: Sloat in This World (I)

    Part II: The Road of Trials
    6: The Queen`s Pavillion
    7: Farren
    8: The Oatley Tunnel
    9: Jack in the Pitcher Plant
    10: Elroy
    11: The Death of Jerry Bledsoe
    12: Jack Goes to the Market
    13: The Men in the Sky
    Buddy Parkins
    15: Snowball Sings
    16: Wolf
    Interlude: Sloat in This World (II)
    17: Wolf and the Herd
    18: Wolf Goes to the Movies
    19: Jack in the Box

    Part III: A Collision of Worlds
    20: Taken by the Law
    21: The Sunlight Home
    22: The Sermon
    23: Ferd Janklow
    24: Jack Names the Planets
    25: Jack and Wolf Go to Hell
    26: Wolf in the Box
    27: Jack Lights Out Again
    28: Jack's Dream
    29: Richard at Thayer
    30: Thayer Gets Weird
    31: Thayer Goes to Hell
    32: "Send Out Your Passenger!"
    33: Richard in the Dark
    Interlude: Sloat in This World/Orris in the Territories (III)

    Part IV: The Talisman
    34: Anders
    Interlude: Sloat in This World(IV)
    35: The Blasted Lands
    36: Jack and Richard Go to War
    37: Richard Remembers
    38: The End of the Road
    39: Point Venuti
    40: Speedy on the Beach
    Interlude: Sloat in This World(V)
    41: The Black Hotel
    42: Jack and the Talisman
    43: News from Everywhere
    44: The Earthquake
    45: In Which Many Things Are Resolved on the Beach
    46: Another Journey
    47: Journey's End




    You are about to take a journey... a terrifying trip across a nightmare America filled with monsters beyond anything ever imagined before... a journey into the dark heart of horror...

    Two of the world's best-selling authors team up in the ultimate masterpiece of spine-tingling terror... the most compelling, most talked-about, most frightening book of the decade...


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