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Stephen King's The Stand


Stephen King's The Stand is a thrilling novel that portrays 
the forces of good against evil. In the year 1991, a plague 
strikes America, leaving only a few thousand people alive 
who are "immune" to the epidemic. Of the survivors, those 
who serve G-d instinctively join in Boulder, Colorado, while 
those who worship the "Dark Man" are drawn to Las Vegas, 
Nevada. The two groups separately re-build society, until 
one must destroy the other.
 Franni Goldsmith comes very close to killing 
herself. She thinks she can not deal with her parents' 
deaths, being unwed and pregnant, and having the only other 
survivor in her hometown of Ogunquit, Main be her recently 
deceased best friend's weird brother Harold Lauder. Fran 
puts aside her personal feelings for Harold aside, and goes 
with him to the place in her dreams, to Boulder, 
 On their way, they meet up with six people from 
various states in the United States who joined them on their 
journey. Fran is disturbed by her dreams, as all of them 
are by their own. She dreams of an old lady named Abigail, 
in Colorado. This lady is kind and loving and promises to 
protect them from the evil. In the dreams there is also a 
"Dark Man". He is always there lurking, waiting to attack.
 Harold admits to himself that he is in love with 
Fran and goes crazy when he realizes how serious Fran has 
become with Stuart Redman, one of the newcomers to their 
traveling group. Harold becomes insanely jealous and plots 
to separate them, even if it means murder. 
 Harold doesn't admit it to any of them, but his 
dreams are different from theirs. In his dreams the "Dark 
Man" offers Harold power and respect, something Harold could 
never imagine in the past. Harold knows his destiny is to 
go to Las Vegas. The group arrives in Boulder, and soon 
after are joined by over one thousand others who dreamt of 
Abigail and this place. They inevitably form a society 
where they settled and has meetings to decide what they 
would do about the "Dark Man". Abigail tells the people 
that three of them, including Stuart, must be sent to 
destroy the "Dark Man". Meanwhile Harold secretly leaves 
with the "Dark Man's" bride-to-be, Nadine, to Las Vegas. 
Harold is ready to kill Stuart, but is killed instead by 
"the will of G-d". Nadine makes it safely to Las Vegas 
before Stuart and his two companions are about to be hanged. 
 Out of the sky "the hand of G-d" comes and destroys the 
"Dark Man" sparing the three men. After much 
hardship, Stuart returns to Fran and her newborn son and 
together they plant the seeds of a new society.
 The Stand is a book about human nature. It shows 
people's inclination toward good or evil. Mostly, it shows 
how it is in man's nature to build society and to fight for 
his beliefs. I found this book to be extremely entertaining 
because it was well written and somewhat realistic, despite 
it's supernatural aspects. I would recommend this book for 
anyone who enjoys roller coasters, horror movies, or a good 
old fashioned suspense novel.



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