This was my third read of Different Seasons. I have embarked on the journey of reading all of King’s works in chronological order, even though I have read this twice before. I will probably read it again a fourth or fifth time even.
If you are not familiar, this collection contains some of King’s best stories, but also those made into the best well known adaptations of King’s works. The Body, aka as Stand by Me. Apt Pupil, aka, well, Apt Pupil. And of course, Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption. If you have not seen this movie, see it now. Actually, read Different Seasons first. Because if you see the movie before you read, you will have the same problem I did on my reread this time. Morgan Freeman narrating in my head…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The collection is broken up into four themes or “seasons.”
Hope Springs Eternal contains the Shawshank Redemption novella. The story is told from the perspective of Red, an inmate at Shawshank prison, where everyone is “innocent.” Until one man arrives that actually is. My favorite story in this collection & one of my all time favorite movies ever.
Summer of Corruption is the Apt Pupil novella. I had forgotten how disturbing this story truly is. It is a tale of teen who befriends an old man & the boy uncovers the old man’s sordid past as a Nazi soldier.
Fall from Innocence is the novella, The Body. It is the tale of four young boys that set out on an adventure in the woods to find the body of a missing boy. My second favorite story in this collection.
A Winter’s Tale is the novella, The Breathing Method. My least favorite in this collection, but is still a good story & wraps up the collection nicely. The novella is a story within a story. It is about a unique club where folks gather & tell tales, in this case, the tale of a woman that is determined to give birth, no matter what.
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