Different Seasons

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Four mesmerizing novellas from the magical pen of Stephen King, including...
  • Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption
  • Apt Pupil
  • The Body (which became the movie Stand By Me)
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Overview

Four mesmerizing novellas from the magical pen of Stephen King, including...
  • Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption
  • Apt Pupil
  • The Body (which became the movie Stand By Me)
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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: 9780812406429
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/1983
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 508
  • Sales rank: 473,995
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Some of King's best work is here

    Different Seasons is a showcase for Stephen King. Four diverse novellas, only one of them the kind of horror tale he is synonymous with (and it may be the weakest of the bunch).

    The book is divided into four 'seasons': Hope Springs Eternal (Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption), Summer of Corruption (Apt Pupil), Fall From Innocence (The Body) and A Winter's Tale (The Breathing Method). The tones of the stories alternate between light and dark, with Apt Pupil perhaps being the darkest thing he has ever written.

    Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a mini-masterpiece of a tale. A tale of hope set in a prison, dealing with a man whose spirit remains free despite all obstacles. I'd originally read it years before the legendary movie, and was worried that it wouldn't be quite the same reading it now. Luckily King's narrative holds up. Even knowing what was coming, the story telling was as gripping as ever.

    Apt Pupil. I was almost dreading rereading Apt Pupil. A well written but morally disturbing tale of the mutually parasitic relationship between a young California golden boy and the Nazi war criminal he has blackmailed. It is an excellent dark thriller, but it is so powerfully written and so pitch black, you are kept in suspense while feeling the need to cleanse yourself of the story being told. I remember the 'Bachman book' Rage felt a little like this, but Apt Pupil provokes a much stronger reaction and is a better book overall.

    Third up is The Body which was famously (and very faithfully) adapted into the movie Stand By Me. This is Stephen King's coming of age tale of four boys in 1960 who head out through the woods to find the body of a boy that was struck by a train.

    Though all four of the stories are top-notch Stephen King, I believe I enjoyed The Body the most. King so expertly captures the bittersweet feeling of the boys, two of which at least understand that they are going through a life changing experience; that things will not be the same from here on.

    The Breathing Method is the closest to Stephen King's 'typical' supernatural spook story. This one (appropriately dedicated to Peter Straub) seems to be King's answer to Straub's Chowder Society (see Straub's Ghost Story), as it deals with a group of old men that belong to a mysterious 'gentleman's club' where they tell each other stories.

    Earlier I called The Breathing Method the weakest story here. It is, but please don't take that to mean that the story isn't worth reading. It is a good read that only pales because the other three stories shine so brightly.

    This is the book I would loan to someone who looked down on King without reading any of his work. He shows that while he can write some very scary spook stories, that isn't why he sells so many books. Each of the four stories is King writing at the top of the game. There's a reason three of the four stories have been turned into movies and they are three of the best screen adaptations he's had.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Excellent

    Excellent collection of stories from Stephen King. I found Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption to be the best of the bunch, but they are all solid reads. King shows his range as a writer very well with this collection.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    King's finest collection

    From beginning to end,certainly the best collection of short fiction I've read. They should make movies out of some of these stories.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This is an absolutely fantastic collection.

    The book contains four of Stephan King's short stories, plus an afterward by the author himself. One of the stories, "The Body," was the basis of the beloved 1980's film "Stand By Me," starring River Phoenix, amoung others. The movie was definetly the reason I purchased this book. The short story is just as good, if not better than the movie. It really lived up to my expectations. If you haven't read the story of seen the movie yet, I'd reccomend both!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Short Stories Satisfy

    Stephen King keeps me waiting for more. I love stort stories and King is a master. I keep this book bedside and read until all hours! I tend to read his short stories and novellas in Esquire and elsewhere, plus one of these stories turned into the movie: Shawshank Redemption. I like Kings more recent books: less gory and more psychological and science fiction-ish!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    Amazing!

    "The body" is amazing and i have looked all over to find it. i saw the movie and it encouraged me to read the book. I loved both! Stand by me has to be one of my favorite movies and the body one of my favorite books. I loved both!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    This Book is Boss!

    I never have read a book like this one.I've read this book about 5 times this book so good.My favorite story was Stand By Me.I could relate to some of the things gone through by these boys.I literally cried the first 2 times I read this book.I think High schoolers should read the whole book.It was a simply remarkable experience reading this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    The body and stand by me

    ok well ive never read this book but i have seen the movie and really wanna read the body. the movie got me interested in soo many things and i just love it. its my favorite movie of all time. the characters were amazing and i have to say chris chambers was my favorite and i wish i couldve met him. thats how real this movie was to me. i hope that one day....far from now. very far. that i will meet river. i also loved teddy and vern they seemed like just the sidekicks if you will to this but they each came with there own story and personality. they had a great sense of humor. gordie was amazing espacially at the end. well these are certanly unforgettable characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    i loved it

    i loved the move stand by me as well as the body. chris was my favorite charector. its a shame river died.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    Book 4 the Seasons

    Written very well. A little like the movie Shawshank Redemption but not too much. The Body was more like the movie Stand By Me. The Breathing Method is one you will not forget. EVER.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2005

    Everyone will love this collection

    Of all the books by Stephen King I've read so far, this is by far my favorite. 'The Shawshank Redemption' was surprisingly uplifting rather than depressing. 'Apt Pupil' was very gripping; a very original story line. 'The Body' was my favorite. The characters were so real, and I felt wrapped up in their emotions. 'The Breathing Method' was very strange indeed, but in a good way. I definitely recommend it, Stephen King lover or not

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Not even worth the one star!

    I loved the movie Stand By Me, but I found the book to be to graphic when it didn't have to be and there were parts that were very offensive there should be a warnnig to parents so that they know what there children are reading.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    I only read one story........so far

    I read the boddy first because I saw the movie and fell in love with it. If you read the story first you'll understand the movie better. The book is more detailed but you you get a better picher waching the movie. The movie is called stand by me.I like all the people in the book but one of them most of all,Chris Chambers I wish I could be like him. I liked the movie so much I almost have it memorized.It wasent long before my cousen and freind saw the movie and we made a kind of gang I was the tuffest and most like Chris so I was kind of like him my freind was like Gordie my cousen loves the army so he was like Teddy And a nother 'freind' was dum like Vern.Slowle every one just faded away.Thas how Good the movie is a the books even better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Timeless

    Love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Different Seasons, by Stephen King, is divided by four short sto

    Different Seasons, by Stephen King, is divided by four short stories or novellas. The first short story is titled "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption." The story is narrated by a prisoner in Shawshank prison named Red, who has been sentenced life in prison for murder. Red tells the story of a man named Andy Dufresne and the struggles he had to go to survive in the prison. Andy was an innocent man who was convicted of murdering his wife while she was having an affair with a pro golf player. The other short story called "Apt Pupil" is the only story written in a third person view in the book. A 14 year old boy named Tom Bowden has discovered that one of his elderly neighbors is a Nazi war criminal and attempts to blackmail this person. However, he doesn't tell the local authorities if the elderly tells him everything about the Holocaust and the mass murder of innocent people. Although Tom gets what he wants, Mr. Kurt Dussander, the Nazi war criminal, blackmails Tom for keeping silent of a known criminal. Tom and Mr. Dussander are stuck with each others threats. Tom has a nervous breakdown and murders people to calm his nerves, Dussander is doing the same. The Third short story named "The Body" Gordon Lachance, a 12 year old boy who has lost his brother in car wreck, and his three friends Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp and Vern Tessio look for a dead body that Vern has claimed to have overheard it from his older brother Billy. The boys, who all come from abusive, dysfunctional families. tell their parents they are camping out in Vern's treehouse so they wont raise suspicion. The Final story called "The Breathing Method." David, the narrator of the frame tale, is a middle-aged Manhattan lawyer, joins a senior partner to a strange men's club where men can read, play pool, gamble, play chess, or tell stories. One Thursday before Christmas, the elderly physician Dr. Emlyn McCarron tells a story about an episode in his career where a woman was determined to give birth to her illegitimate child. Despite the financial problems and social disapproval. McCarron comes to admire her bravery and humor, and even falls in love with her. The woman dies in a grotesque car wreck, but the baby manages to survive and Emlyn comes in time to retrieve the infant to the local hospital. This book was very well written. I recommend this book to young adults who like suspense and like getting close to characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Different Seasons is a collection of stories by Stephen King, in

    Different Seasons is a collection of stories by Stephen King, including Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The body,
    Apt Pupil and A winter’s tale. All four of these stories have their own style and morals meanings to tell. Stephen King’s remarkable
     storytelling abilities in all four of these novels are truly displayed as you read them. 

    The first and probably most well-known of these four stories is Rita Hayworth and the ShawShank redemption.
     This story is about a man named Red and his life in prison with a man named Andy Dufresne.
    Different from many of Stephen King’s books of thriller and horror, The Shawshank Redemption is a story about hope and persistence, 
    about a man trapped but spirit still remained free and how he changed many others around him. As you read Andy’s life though
     Shawshank prison, you can really experience his story fully and feel the impact of his climax, the escape. Fantastically written and
     one of my favorite all time books.

    The Second book is Apt Pupil. A story about a young teenager named Todd Bowden who discovers a Nazi war criminal and how his
    life changed for the worse. A story of blackmail and corruption, Apt pupil is told in a third person point of view and gives us a look into
     how a teenage boy gets his life changed by an old Nazi criminal in hiding.  The story is much darker and more suspenseful story
    then The Shawshank Redemption. Stephen King truly displays his ability to craft a suspenseful and thrilling story.

    The Third book is The Body. The body is a coming of age story of four boys, their discovery of a dead body and their lives together.
    The story is told in a first person perspective of a 12 year old boy named Gordie and his experience with his other three friends, Chris,
    Teddy and Vern. The narrative voice of the story is actually brought by an accomplished writer Gordon Lachance and amazing conveys
     the attitude of a 12 year old boy and his experience of growing up. The overall story has a very bitter sweet feeling and will really tug on
     one’s emotions as you read the conclusion of the story.

    The final book is The Breathing Method and the only story out of the four not to get a film adaption. The Breathing Method is arguably
     the weakest story out of the other three but is still a good story and is King’s usual supernatural scare story. Written by Khanh S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Different Seasons includes four of Stephen's novels. I read Shaw

    Different Seasons includes four of Stephen's novels. I read Shawkshank redemption of the four. The Shawshank Redemption is one
    of the more interesting books that I have read in a while. I am not a very avid reader and keeping my interest in books is a tough thing
     to do. This book not only kept my interest but actually made me feel involved in the plot of the convicts. The story really builds
    the characters well and almost gives you a certain emotional attachment to characters like Andy. Whether you feel sympathy or hatred
    towards a character you build some type of relationship. The main character, Red, talks about and acts as if he still has freedom
    despite the facts he is locked up. I feel as if the most important attribute of the story is the characters.  I have not seen the movie but
    I am definitely looking forward to how the director portrayed them. Many parts of the story are graphic but portray the setting in a better
    fashion than any other book I have read. The ending is resolved but allows the reader to explore the possibilities of what could
    happen. Overall, the book is solid and feels like a casual read that really can keep your attention. A major unexpected turn will really
    intrigue you all the way to the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    App den

    App den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    OUTSTANDING

    Loved every bit of every story! If you liked the movies it ia a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    I want the book and im getting it soon

    I cant wait to read it. It is my first king book,and i want to see the moviea. Speaking of movies, they are making the breathing meathod in to a movie,for all you stephen king movie lovers out there.

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