Apt Pupil (Media Tie-In Edition)

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Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power—and the seductive lure of evil.

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Overview

Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power—and the seductive lure of evil.

This acclaimed collection of four novellas by Stephen King also includes "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" (basis for the Academy Award nominated film The Shawshank Redemption), "The Body" (inspiration for the motion picture Stand By Me), and "The Breathing Method."

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Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
He creates people who are so alive, you can almost sense them.
Library Journal
It doesn't get any better than Frank Muller reading vintage Stephen King! In Apt Pupil, this master of suspense treats his readers to a sinister plot in which a 13-year-old boy, Todd Bowden, becomes completely absorbed by the life and true stories of a former Nazi, Kurt Dussander. When Todd uncovers the identity of a war criminal hiding out in his town, he blackmails Kurt into telling, and reliving, all of the concentration camp horrors so Todd can almost feel what it was like to have been there. The more involved the two become, the deeper and harder it is for Todd to remain the "apt pupil" that he once was. And, of course, the author's (Bag of Bones, Audio Reviews, LJ 12/98) plots always have twists. This audiotape is pure, unadulterated Stephen King; it's "must- have audio" at its best. Highly recommended.--Kristin M. Jacobi, Eastern Connecticut State Univ., Willimantic Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451197122
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 443,264
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    What an ending. Throughout the course of the book I never once a

    What an ending. Throughout the course of the book I never once asked myself, “What is the purpose of this book?” I often mentally screamed at the author, “Why are you doing this to me?!”, but never what the purpose was. It was too brisk. I think Steven King had a lot of fun writing this book. I think he had a lot of fun creating an All American kid with good grades and athleticism, and guiding him gently, almost lovingly towards the homicidal breaking point. King takes everything that made Todd Bowden the perfect American teenager in the early summer of his life and twists it. Everything that would make any teen proud and put him on the path to successful adulthood is rendered impotent by a curiosity gone horribly wrong.

    If you like medium to fast paced psycho-drama with a hint of thriller and mystery thrown in then you will like this book. I give Apt Pupil a four out of five star rating.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    apt pupil/different seasons

    As usual, King delivers what we all expect. Love his storylines, macabre thoughts, and overall style. Have been a fan since day one. Love it.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    King's Best Collection Ever!

    Stephen King has struck gold with these excellent & unforgettable tales. I loved them all from beginning to the end of the stories. This book was a major page turner. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption/Hope Springs Eternal,Apt Pupil/Summer of Corruption, The Body/Fall From Innocence, and The Breathing Method/ A Winter's Tale. They were all beautiful, touching & bittersweet. Stenphen King obivously written from the soul. The stories have been told in a major sense of life experience. It is well shown especially in The Body/Fall from Innocence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2009

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    Incredible Book

    This book was much better than I had expected. My favorite story in it was The Body. I love all of Steven King's books, he is one of my favorite writers. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    Nice Writting

    I thought the book was well out and easy to follow!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    King's Best Ever!

    Apt Pupil is the most frightening story I have ever read, even though 'Different Seasons' is touted as a non-horror book. All four stories are excellent- the Best Stephen King has ever written. Anyone who dismisses him as a hack should read this book.

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