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Rose Madder will live on through the ages of literature!
Rose Madder was an awesome, relentlessy paced, riveting, engrossing, phantasmagorical roller-coaster ride. It just shows, very well, a perfect example of how good a storyteller Stephen King is. I never read a novel with a villain so damn good. Sure, Flagg was a good villain in The Eyes of the Dragon, but not near as good as Norman Daniels. Norman, a crazy, inexorable, savage brute, will do anything to find his wife, who left him and took his credit card, Rose. His dream finally comes true one day when she comes home from work. It's a confrontation you wouldn't want to miss. Although Insomnia was great, this is the novel that made me into a King fanatic. Rose Madder is the type of novel that makes authors such as Dean Koontz and Anne Rice wish Stephen King was never born. Too bad for them. Hell, this is the novel that should give Mr. King the Nobel Peace Prize. And The Shining should've won him the Pulitzer Prize. Hey, don't hesitate, hurry up and buy this book!
Fast-paced thriller with a touch of the supernatural
I read this novel in one day of endless delays in an airport. It kept me entertained through what may have otherwise been an interminable 24 hours, and really, that's all I asked of King when I bought this book. I was a bit weary of the battered-woman-runs-away-and-starts-over theme, as I have read many books with this theme over the last five years (Sleeping With the Enemy and Black and Blue come to mind). However, Rose Madder has a refreshing twist to it as it is alternately narrated by the abuser and the abused, and reveals the abuser's increasing descent into madness as the plot progresses.
Rose Daniels has been tormented by her husband Norman, a strong, smart cop, for 14 years. One day she is jolted into escape by the sight of a single drop of blood on the sheets as she is making the bed, and the recognition that if she does not leave, Norman will kill her. With nothing but Norman's ATM card and the clothes on her back, Rose flees to Chicago. There she finds a women's shelter and begins a new life as a reader for recorded books on tape.
She also purchases a painting of a woman staring off over a pyramid and bluffs, wearing a rose madder gown. The painting speaks to her, and she eventually enters the painting. It plays a pivotal role in Rose's escape from Norman. It helps her to escape him, but also sparks a rage in Rose that is evil and becomes overpowering.
The best part of this book is the narration through the eyes of the completely unglued Norman, who is determined to hunt Rose down and sentence her to a slow, excruciating death. As his hunt for Rose intensifies, he spirals ever further into utter madness. The weakness of this book, to me, was King's reliance upon the Rose Madder painting to help Rose defeat Norman. I thought initially that the supernatural element of this story added to it, but in the end it seemed overdone and not necessary. There is an entire segment in the middle of the novel describing Rose's entry into the painting that drags and significantly detracts from the overall quality of the story.
Overall, though, this book was well-written, richly characterized and exciting. It contains some pretty disgusting and gruesome depictions of Norm's violence. King's sensitivity to domestic violence also added to Rose Madder's appeal. This story will definitely keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat throughout.
I thought this book was great-all i have to say is the husban got what he deserved what he got
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