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The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, Book 2) (edição: 1990)

de Stephen King

Séries: The Dark Tower (2)

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Roland of Gilead has stepped through a doorway in time to 1980s America. A savage struggle has begun in which underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspire to bring an end to Roland's search for the Dark Tower.
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Título:The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, Book 2)
Autores:Stephen King
Informação:Signet (1990), Paperback, 463 pages
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The Drawing of the Three de Stephen King

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Most authors wouldn’t start the second installment in a seven-book series by maiming the protagonist. But The Drawing of the Three was written by Stephen King, so hey, let’s chop off a few of the gunslinger’s fingers—he doesn’t need the dexterity to, I don’t know, operate a pistol, right?

This early crippling directs much of the ensuing story: the gunslinger’s wounds become infected, and he (Roland) spends most of the book on the edge of death, searching for medicine. But he never loses sight of his larger quest: finding The Dark Tower, the supposed center of everything—for his universe and all others. In the previous book, Roland came a step closer to the Tower by catching the man in black, a sorcerer who told the gunslinger’s fortune from a deck of tarot cards. Those picked included The Prisoner, The Lady of Shadows, and The Pusher. Roland “draws” the people these cards represent by crossing planes into versions of twentieth-century New York.

It’s… kind of underwhelming.

The Tower is a vague goal that becomes no clearer. The people Roland drags into his world are vivid characters, each with their own handicaps, but how they’ll help the gunslinger reach the Tower is equally hazy. In total, there’s more backstory here than plot, along with some unnecessary, self-referential mentions of The Shining (King’s 1977 bestseller, later turned into the classic movie of the same name).

There are interesting bits, of course—a Stephen King book is never wholly dull, and the connections between the New York characters are fascinating once the threads come to light. So are the rapid point-of-view shifts during the action sequences; most authors couldn’t pull off this level of head-hopping without disorienting the reader. (Although even King stumbles here and there; skipping from one consciousness to another is a tricky business.)

Still, I finished the story wondering if it—and perhaps the series—had been led astray by King’s famously improvisational style: a “plotter” (an author who outlines before writing) might have packed more of import into The Drawing of the Three than a true “pantser” (an author who writes by the seat of his/her pants) like King. Part of me feels like I could have skipped this book and gone on to the next in the series without missing much.

The gunslinger might even agree; I bet he’d like his fingers back.

(For more reviews like this one, see www.nickwisseman.com) ( )
  nickwisseman | Jun 9, 2021 |
This book introduces us to Roland's Ka-tet and connects perfectly with the Gunslinger. Roland wakes up on the beach after an unknown time (remember, time is different in Roland's world) and is greeted with lobstrosities, large lobsters that like to say "dad-a-chum" and attack you. Roland loses a couple fingers to the lobstrosity while trying to kill it. Rough way to continue the journey...

Roland starts to walk down the beach, hoping to find something to help him, because now he has an infection to go along with losing his fingers. He comes across a door, one he's not sure really exists or how it exists, but it does and is marked with "The Prisoner" which we come to learn is Eddie Dean, a young heroin addict. Roland is able to take over Eddie's body and we get to experience the first real gunfight from our gunslinger(s). Eddie gets medicine for Roland and they go on looking for the next door, finding "Lady in the Shadows", which is Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker a schizophrenic with a polite and lovely side, and a vicious side, which will come in handy.

The third door is "The Pusher" and I loved this door, it really connects so much we only assumed during book 1 and this book. In Gunslinger Jake says he was pushed in another life and died and woke up in Roland's world. We find out that Roland enters this man's body and prevents him from pushing and killing Jake (which will have massive ramifications for Jake later). This is also the man that dropped the brick on Odetta, splitting her personality, and pushing her into the train costing Odetta her legs. Roland uses Jack to get guns, ammunition, and medicine for his infection and controls Jack into jumping in front of the same train that he once pushed Odetta in front of, killing him.

Roland makes sure Odetta and Detta see each other in the door while Roland kills Jack, bringing the knowledge to each of them that they are split personality. This forces them together, creating Susannah that has the best traits of both her previous personalities. Roland is near death with his illness and Eddie is about to be eaten by lobstrosities but with Susannah's help they kill them and escape to continue a united trek for the Dark Tower as the beginnings of the Ka-tet. ( )
1 vote whittesc | Jun 3, 2021 |
After the first book, which felt like more like an interesting experiment than the beginning of a series, I wasn't sure what to expect from the second. Which was good because I never would have anticipated anything that happened in it anyway. This abandoned the fantasy western motif in order to embrace multiple timelines, body-hijacking, shootouts, monsters (and mobsters), a schizophrenic heiress, an accountant serial killer, and just a ton of other shit, told in a fairly straightforward way as Roland walked (and sometimes crawled and was sometimes dragged) across a beach to find his companions for the Tower quest. Eddie was the character King seemed to be the most comfortable with but I did find Odetta/Detta compelling, if super-awkwardly written. I finished The Gunslinger mildly interested in what might come next but now I'm excited. The band's all here and now it's time to play. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
3.75* This was so much better than the first book in the series - I seriously contemplated not continuing on in the series because the first one just didn't make much sense to me until the last quarter of the book. I'll continue reading/listening to the series for now. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
The first and last thirds of this book were let down a fair bit by the middle third I'm afraid. Started off very well, moving along quite nicely but then just seemed to almost come to a.standstill for what seemed like forever. Apart from this the story itself didn't really seem to unfold much but simply introduced new characters that Will travel with Roland through future books. All in all not a terrible book, very well written in fact but lacking much of a plot. Hopefully this Will improve in the next books or I'll not get much further. ( )
  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
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