Roadwork (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Roadwork (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Stephen King, Richard Bachman
     
 

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#1 bestselling master of suspense...

They're tearing down Bart Dawes's home, leveling his memories, and destroying his past, all for a new highway extension. Funny what that kind of progress can do to a man. Scary, too.  See more details below

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#1 bestselling master of suspense...

They're tearing down Bart Dawes's home, leveling his memories, and destroying his past, all for a new highway extension. Funny what that kind of progress can do to a man. Scary, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613174817
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
776,033
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Roadwork 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ROADWORK is a brilliant psychological portrait of a man decending into madness as he loses, bit by bit, everything that held his life together and gave it meaning. ROADWORK may not have any of the supernatural pyrotechnics found in Mr. King's more famous and popular work, but it is a penetrating portrait of a man stuggling to cope with unbearable loss. I did find it to be both suspenseful and compelling despite not being a traditional "horror" novel. The events that unfold are horrific, and the end is as dark as anything Mr. King has written. I enjoyed ROADWORK the most among the early "Bachman books," although they are all excellent and well-worth reading (The Long Walk, The Running Man, and Rage).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first of the so called "Bachman Books" I've read and it was very good but not as good as i'd hoped. let me first start off that the characters have much more depth than the usual stephen king book (which is a lot considering how much character depth stephen king puts in his books). I give the characters a 5 definently. the problem with the book is that it can simply get boring and become a chore to read in some spots. it starts out well and then it fizzles out in the middle and picks up again right when he meets olivia. so basically the middle is just a man in a laundry company angry at the highway department but he doesn't do anything about it until the end of the book. that's another thing about the book. the ending took so long to build up to and it seemed to go way to quickly and left me a little angry there wasn't more carnage. It is like stephen king was taking his good sweet time with the middle writing more boring mundane details and at he end he was rushing to get it done and leaving out some of the stuff we love so much about stephen king. now that may seem like a lot of negative but here comes the positive. the characters are splendid as I said, when there is action it's very fast paced, you get a sense like this could actually happen because it's so realistic,you start to feel sorry for Bart because he's been dealt all the wrong cards. that's the mark of a good book if you feel sorry for the characters. I was almost in tears when he was talking about his son charlie dying of a brain tumor. those few pages in the book really did it for me. So even though this isn't definently his best I'm still not put off trying more bachman books.
loritatarsmith More than 1 year ago
Roadwork is a compelling story that demonstrates the potential impact the government can have on people's lives and shows that some of us are less resilient to its reach than others. We watch as a man forces his life into total disintegration, triggered by the loss of his home and place of business to eminent domain. The news of a highway being built, requiring residents and business owners to relocate, challenges a man to face more change after the death of his son. The usurpation of what is left of stability becomes more and more unstable as the reader observes a catastrophic downward spiral to an unsettling climax.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Stephen King books, this is the only book by Mr. King that I had to force myself to finish reading. I had put this book down at one point and about a month later I forced myslef to pick it back up finish it. Most novels by Mr. King I will read again and again but this one I will never read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great read because the main character has had it with the government taking his house and property for a new highway being build. Now he is taking things into his own hands and his ability to make the right decisions are fading quickly due to that one event. This book shows what one might like to do if you could get away with sticking it to the government. No one would never get away with it but it feels good to let go once in a while. And I think people who do not like this book might not because its a different kind of story line, its not the usual King, not horror but fighting the 'inner voice' telling you not to care anymore, which we all experience, and sometimes we lose the battle. Nonetheless, I can see this as a movie staring Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, or Sly during First Blood. Check it out sometime with an open mind and you will like it.
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It's a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It was not as suspensful or horrifying as a typical Stephen King book would be, such as It or The Dark Half, but it was a dramatic story about a normal man going insane from great loss. The end was quite dark and was also fairly sad like some of his books end. I would recomend this book to any good reader!
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Good story about a man going insane
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kristine4727 More than 1 year ago
not one of his best but still good
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