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Insomnia by Stephen King - Hardcover - Book Club Edition - 1994 - from Uncommon Works, IOBA, ABAA, ILAB (SKU: 1107)


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by Stephen King

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New York: Viking Press, 1994. Book Club Edition. 1/4 cloth. Very good/near fine. A very good Book club edition, first printing in a very near fine dust jacket. Grey paper boards over white quarter cloth spine. SK in red foil on cover, title in red foil on spine. White endpapers. First published by Viking Press and complete number line 1-10. Dust stains to top edge and fore edge. This massive book has been carefully read. Dust jacket shows no price and numbers 1094 on innner front panel. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover.787 pp. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall. A small town in Maine again serves as King's (Nightmares and Dreamscapes, 1993, etc.) setting in this deft, steady tale, in which two lovable geezers travel through hyper-reality to balance the books of human existence, or something to that effect. Since his wife's recent death, Ralph Roberts, age 70, has been beset by insomnia and hallucinations. These hallucinations appear as auras, terminating in fine lines of light resembling balloon strings. In these strings, Ralph believes he can see other people's states of mind and being (e.g., disease, anger, calm). Ah, but 68-year-old gal pal Lois Chasse shares these visions, which by now include three little bald entities in doctors' smocks. These three, naturally, are not really of this earth. They are brokers for what we mortals call death. The first two, whom Ralph and Lois name Clotho and Lachesis — from a Greek myth about three yam-spinning sisters — are benevolent and serve "The Purpose," or natural, timely demise. The third, a malevolent sprite named Atropos, represents "The Random" and takes great pleasure in prematurely cutting folks' balloon strings with his rusty scalpel. Atropos takes advantage of a pro-life rally currently polarizing the hamlet and enlists a local crazy to help him make a literal killing in the afterlife futures market. In the climax, our oldsters serve as earthly agents to thwart a potentially calamitous disruption in the order of the universe. King throws in a tender romance, sensitive and often funny portrayals of the ravages of age, and the somewhat loopy presence of Rite-Aid drugstores, Cup-A-Soup, and Port-O-Sans smack-dab in the middle of hyper-reality. This commingling of the supernatural and the commonplace is what makes this hefty read so enjoyable. Still, at 800 pages, it ain't no coffee-table book — it's a coffee table." --- Kirkus


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Uncommon Works, IOBA, ABAA, ILAB US (US)
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Stephen King
1/4 cloth
Book condition
Used - Very good
Jacket condition
near fine
Book Club Edition
Viking Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
Quarto, 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches ta
horror, king
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About Uncommon Works, IOBA, ABAA, ILAB

Member, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA. Not your ordinary book store! Uncommon Works specializes in rare, odd, unique, and handmade books, with a focus on the Maya, Latin America, Native America, and the Spanish Conquest. You'll find rare, first editions and first or early printings. You'll even find a few first printings of living authors for sale. We provide services and referrals for book mending, repair, restoration, and binding.


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