A Novel

Book - 2014
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"In a small New England town over half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs--including Jamie's sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe"--
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2014.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476770383
Branch Call Number: FIC KING
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 31, 2019

I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and I've probably read most of his books and anthologies. 'Revival' is not one of his best, in fact it's quite awful.
It's slow, boring, and it appears that Stephen wasn't sure where he wanted to take the story.
It certainly lacked the heart and the humor that's a Stephen King trademark.
'Rival' doesn't hold a candle to the author's 'Salem's Lot', but I'll always remain a Stephen King fan.

Apr 30, 2019


vmccreedy Jan 23, 2018

A tragic death turns a preacher into a man obsessed with the power of electricity and life beyond. Reads like a classic Stephen King, with characters that you feel like you have met in real life.

Dec 27, 2017

Very slow read. I lost interest several times and had to talk myself into finishing.

Oct 30, 2017

Not a BAD book. The ending (last 50 or so pages), however, was a little far-fetched, but like most Stephen King novels, it does provide the (constant) reader with a suspenseful thrill-ride.

Sep 28, 2017

One of the best books I have ever listened to. The description of the environment and of the characters was top notch, but the storytelling was even better. Before things took a twist, I could have listened to the life of the main character for was so good. The end was surprising and very disturbing, but I knew what I was getting into with this author, similar to a M. Night Shamalan movie. Highly recommended!

Aka_Aka_Aka Oct 25, 2016

Excessively over-long novel that loses steam at about page 100.

Aug 24, 2016

riveting novel, hard to put down. I like the story line and how appropriately king matches how the character thinks with the 5 decade span of the story. More of a thriller very good.

Jun 25, 2016

King does coming of age/recovering addict better than any other author I've read. And that's what a good part of Revival is; or, rather, that's what THE good part is. The rest is maybe a short story's worth of plot wrapped around a play on words.

May 19, 2016

I would have been much happier had I quit reading at 75%, at which point it got very silly.

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Nov 29, 2014

... he quoted Jung to me: “The world’s most brilliant confabulators are in asylums.”
He talked about it in extravagant terms—secret of the universe, path to ultimate knowledge—but he had no more idea of what it really was than a toddler has of a gun he finds in Daddy’s closet.
“Music matters,” he told me once. “Pop fiction goes away, TV shows go away, and I defy you to tell me what you saw at the movies two years ago. But music lasts, even pop music. Especially pop music. Sneer at ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’ if you want to, but people will still be listening to that silly piece of shit fifty years from now.”
I think, no matter how far you’ve
gone from it or how long you’ve been in some other place. Home is where they want you to stay longer.

Nov 29, 2014

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
“Let us say plainly what Saint Paul meant when he spoke of that darkened glass. He meant we’re supposed to take it all on faith. If our faith is strong, we’ll go to heaven, and we’ll understand the whole thing when we get there. As if life were a joke, and heaven the place where the cosmic punchline is finally explained to us.
“Revelation, chapter one, verse eight. ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.’ ..."


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