Returning To Joyland
Joyland Journal #6
Warm weather often brings me back to familiar Stephen King books. I just finished reading a small pile of John Grisham books. Good stuff. And as I await the new books by King, I decided to return to a book I loved the first time through; Joyland.
I return a little hesitant. Often when I really look forward to something, I come away disappointed. Will I enjoy it as much as I did the first time through? Here's what I've discovered in just the first few pages:
It's been long enough since I read Joyland, that the little twists, turns and even characters are not familiar to me. So while I know the main thrust of the plot, the details are still vague enough to surprise and delight me again. Devin's first visit to Joyland, meeting various characters -- all feel fresh and new, even though I've been here before.
Knowing the plot puts my mind to ease a bit. I'm free to watch for other things and not just try to keep up with the mystery elements.
Returning to Joyland is a return to the 1970's. I realized as I drove, listening as I went, that Joyland is special to me because I grew up int he 70's. King perfectly captures the flavor of the era in his narration. And in many ways, this book doesn't "feel" like a Stephen King book. At least, not a modern King book. This feels like something written by the kid who wrote The Stand, and Carrie. But -- better.
Even with just the first few pages down, I can't believe how much I love this book. Because it wasn't a big hardcover release, I'm afraid many readers will tend to overlook this little treasure. Unlike Blockade Billy, which was a great read, but difficult to read over and over because once the surprise is sprung, it can't be unsprung -- Joyland has more staying power with the reader.
Will Joyland ever be a movie? I hope so. And I hope it correctly captures the sweet flavor of the book.
So, here I go on an old adventure down trails I love to travel.
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