The Waste Lands
by Stephen King
Roland, Eddie, and Odetta, now known as Susannah, find themselves in the ravaged city of Lud but before continuing on their journey upon the maniacal train that will lead them beyond the Waste Lands, they must have one more from Roland’s past to be drawn to their ka-tet.
Flap: The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands follows The Gunslinger and
The Drawing of the Three as the third volume in this remarkable series,
which well may be the most extraordinary and most imaginative cycle of
tales in the English language. Inspired in part by Robert Browning's
narrative poem, Stephen King has written once again of his twenty-year
affair with The Dark Tower and its strange world that is both so familiar
and unfamiliar to us. Writing of his masterwork, King reveals that he is
". . .still able to find Roland's world when I set my wits to it, and it
still holds me in thrall. . .more, in many ways, than any of the other
worlds I have wandered in my imagination." The first volume in the cycle,
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, tells of the haunting, mysterious
character of Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger, in a world that has
"moved on." A second volume, The Drawing of the Three, picks up Roland's
quest upon a deserted beach of the Western Sea. In The Waste Lands, we are
joined with old acquaintances: the boy Jake who has been introduced in The
Gunslinger, along with Eddie Dean and Susannah, who are so prominently
featured in The Drawing of the Three. Roland's strange odyssey continues.
There are new evils. . .new dangers to threaten Roland's little band in
the devastated city of Lud and the surrounding waste lands, as well as
horrific confrontations with Blaine the Mono, the piratical Gasher, and
the frightening Tick-Tock Man. The Dark Tower cycle continues to set its
author on a plane apart. What lands, what peoples has Stephen King visited
that are so unreachable to us except in the pages of his unique writings?
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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