The Body

The Body

A Novella in Different Seasons

Audiobook CD - 2009
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As a group of boys set out to find the body of Ray Brower, a kid who disappeared, they have no idea what lies ahead for them.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2009.
ISBN: 9780143143925
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (ca. 6 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Muller, Frank 1951-2008
Alternative Title: Body


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Nov 29, 2016

"He'd lost a son in April and a garden in August. And if he didn't want to talk about either one, I guess that was his privilege. It just bugged me that he'd given up talking about everything else, too. That was taking democracy too f**king far."

Nov 29, 2016

"At an age when all four of us would be considered too young and immature to be President, three of us are dead."

Nov 29, 2016

"The most important things are the hardest things to say."

Nov 29, 2016

"The only reason anyone writes stories is so they can understand the past and get ready for some future mortality; that's why all the verbs in stories have -ed endings, Keith my good man, even the ones that sell millions of paperbacks."


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May 16, 2017

Great book. I've read and listened to it. Would highly recommend!

Nov 29, 2016

This book has impact. There's depth in its writing. THE BODY is, without a doubt, a good book, but as I read (instead of watched its film adaptation STAND BY ME), I actually felt sad. There's a lot of sorrow in nostalgia, just as much bitter as there is sweet. And in the case of the four boys in this book, it cuts like a knife to hear about their fates, about their limited prospects, about the society that gave up on them before they gave up on themselves. It truly hurts.

The author captures something unique when he says (and this is just as much Stephen King as it is our protagonist) that "the only reason anyone writes stories is so they can understand the past and get ready for some future mortality." Death is a big part of THE BODY, sometimes not taken seriously enough, but brutal in its face-to-face reckoning. When they see Ray Brower's corpse, it's no longer giggles with the boys. It's real. And it sticks with them forever.

Although the boys are walking across town to see a boy's dead body, the book is far more about the passing of his friends, his three dear childhood friends, that he cannot shake after decades of not quite being buddy-buddy anymore. They all went their separate ways, and that, for many of us, is its own kind of death, a finality of something that, no matter how hard we try, we can't seem to get back. But there are also literal deaths, and although I can't imagine what that is like, since I am fortunate to not have suffered the death of a close childhood friend in my life, I can understand the weight. That would stay with you. I can't imagine what losing a person would be like, someone who spoke to you and shared their thoughts and passions and dreams and jokes and disappointments and regrets and everything else that filled their body.

It is hard to talk about these kinds of things. But, like King writes in this very book, "the most important things are the hardest things to say."

I highly recommend reading this novella. It is a brief read and well worth the time.

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