by Stephen King
The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead as he pursues the man in black to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Along the way he rescues the boy, Jake, who is from a different time and place, and soon they become ka-tet in spite of Roland’s single-minded goal of reaching the man in black at all costs.
Flap: In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King
introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead,
The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding
journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly
mirrors our own, Roland pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring
woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called
Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger
leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.
Series (The Dark Tower) Summary:
At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The “spaghetti Westerns” of that time and a poem written by Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of seven books and the short story, “The Little Sisters of Eluria” published in his short story collection, Everything’s Eventual.
From Author's official site, www.stephenking.com
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