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Dont Get Madder Get Even - Rose Madder By Stephen King
Rose Madder - Stephen King
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Rose Madder - Stephen King
Advantages: A main character that you can relate to
Disadvantages: The mythology was a bit weird.
While Stephen King does not consider this one of his best novels, I found it to be an improvement on a few that had gone before. It also continues with the theme of domestic violence which has crept its way through a number of his previous novels. I like the way this time the victim is strong enough to walk away early on although not early enough.
It would have made sense if Rosie had left her husband Norman when he beat her and caused her to miscarry. However it took her a number of years to go and this was partly because he was a policeman and she feared he would find her. Finally she leaves and travels to another town ready to begin a new life.
Things start well as she is taken to a women's refuge and she begins to make friends and even gets a job at a local hotel. She still needs money and decides to get rid of her engagement ring. Finding out it is not worth anything, she swaps it for a painting that caught her eye. The painting is a woman wearing a Rose Madder dress. From that minute her luck seems to change. A chance meeting leads to her getting a better job, and she also starts to date, having been asked out by Bill, the man who owns the pawn shop. It is hard not to want to celebrate now that is seems as if things are looking up for Rosie and she is a character that it is easy to get behind. It is not unusual for Stephen King to have a character the readers will love and one they are bound to hate.
Rose always feels that there is something strange about the painting and eventually feels she has a connection with the woman in it. Unsure as to whether or not she is dreaming, Rosie carries out what is required of her. Blood plays a big part in this section of the story and it seems fitting as it was spots of blood on the bedding that led to her leaving Norman. The second part of the story is Norman's attempts to track Rosie down and how past events have shaped her views and behaviour in her new town.
There are parts of this book that I find quite difficult to understand. Mainly this is to do with the blood in the events surrounding the picture. I also found it hard to believe that Norman would go to a lot of trouble when looking for her. He seemed good at getting his own way so why not just look for someone new? I wondered if there was a message in the story - maybe that you can't fully escape your past, or maybe even trust your instincts and carry on.
The book is well worth reading and the ending is again a little strange but very hopeful for a number of characters. I like the style but could do without some of the strong descriptions. Never let it be said Stephen King does not make sure we know exactly what has happened, especially if blood is involved. I was a bit worried when mythology was introduced and this was the one part of the book I felt was a weakness.
I will give it 5 stars. It is not one of the best known of his books and unlike many has not been made into a film although there was a lot of talk about making one a few years ago. It is a long book and has 466 pages and was printed in 1995.
Summary: Long but worth wading through.