Thinner

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Curse of the Old Gypsy Man…

Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer. But he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, heading into heart attack country.

Then, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street—and her ancient father ...

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Overview

Curse of the Old Gypsy Man…

Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer. But he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, heading into heart attack country.

Then, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street—and her ancient father passes a bizarre and terrible judgment on him.

“Thinner,” the old gypsy man whispers, and caresses his cheeks like a lover. Just one word…but six weeks later and ninety-three pounds lighter, Billy Halleck is more than worried. He’s terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble…that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.
 

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Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
''Thinner'' is very bad. It is not just bad because it overindulges Mr. King's mannerisms of employing brand-name and vernacular cliches. It is also bad because its story about a Connecticut lawyer forced by a gypsy's curse to lose weight endlessly is sloppily plotted and morally confused. . . . He has the instinct and the style and the God-given ability to tell a story. If he would only rid himself of the gimmicks - if he would only stop reaching for effects and take his instincts seriously - he could perhaps be considerably more than simply a certain type of writer. -- New York Times
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The fantasy of becoming trimmer--and happier--turns into a nightmare of unrelenting terror for Billy Halleck who is 50 pounds overweight, sideswipes an old gypsy woman, and receives the maledictive sentence to get "thinner." What will he do when he can't stop losing weight?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451161345
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 180,021
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.87 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2011

    First Book i ever read ! Tina. Portland ,Oregon.

    Suffering from dyslexia , learning to read was hard, when i finally did learn to read.this book was my choice.I owe Mr King A Debt of gratitude,since reading this book,i have read everthing i could get my hands on, for the last twenty years..its an oldie but a goodie .. The Stand is my Faverite. But thinner is near and dear to my Heart. Thank you Mr King.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    Bum-Rap for Thinner

    THINNER Thinner has been getting bad reviews since it's publication in 1984. It is not one of King's best, but it's not deserving of such a bum rap. True, it has your small town cruel hypocrisy, those upper crust citizens who are so willing to oust the undesirables when they have outlived their usefulness. What different about Thinner is there is not one, with the possible exception of Billy's daughter Linda, redeemable or likeable character in this story. I detect no remorse in the main character, Billy Halleck, who ran down the old Gypsy woman. He loses no sleep and suffers no lose of appetite, until his actions begin to effect him, and even then, he passes the buck on to his wife and the victim. When time is running out he turns to an old client, whom he seems to admire and trust, a mobster Ginelli. Although we all [SK fans] have a differing opinion on which book is his best, I'm sure we all agree, this book is not Stephen King's masterpiece. I consider it worth the time to read or listen to. I enjoyed listening to the book; Joe Mantegna's reading gave more depth to the story, although I will always prefer to hear Stephen King read his tales.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    This book had such potential. Then Stephen couldn't figure out,

    This book had such potential. Then Stephen couldn't figure out, as is often the case, how to end the book. Bad, really bad ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Great suspence and startling ending.

    As always, I love this Stephen King book. I've been reading all the ones that I've missed over the years because now I have access through my NOOK. A suspenceful story with discriptions that allow you to visualize the story!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Seriously great

    I have never been one to besmirch a stephen king novel but even if i was unbaised in this matter i would still say i absolutely adored this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

    Great! But...

    Before I begin to critize this book, I feel I should first acknowledge it's originality and it's interestingly written plot. It's incredibly unique, I don't think any other book in history even comes close to touching this ones plot. There, now time to critize.

    It's ending, ah, it's ending leaves something (a lot of things) to be desired. The problem is, the book keeps getting better and better, and than, well, it stops.

    I finished the book in 2 days on my Nook, and it was well worth the read, and any Stephen King fan should read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Thinner

    This was the first book that I have read of stephan king. It was a good book and fast read I think.it didn't end the way I thought it would. But I liked the book anyway. I would it to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Good Book

    This book was definately interesting and kept me wondering what was gonna happen next!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Aaaaa

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Unpredictable

    A story of how far one would go to find the truth. It was unpredictable and continued to surprise me until the very end. I would recommend to those interested in mystery/crime/violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Loved it

    Stephen King is awesome in all he does! Great book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    I'm a King fan like others but thought that this book was a slig

    I'm a King fan like others but thought that this book was a slight change in pace from his usual stuff. I enjoyed reading this one. It did go slow in some parts but I think its a nice short read.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    I really liked it.

    Really good book. Only complaint is the ending was slightly anti-climatic considering all the build-up in the book. However, it was a very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Ehhh okay

    As all of kings books are, this one goes really slowly. Kindof predictable, wud be better as a short story.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Interesting

    I remember I saw this movie on HBO on Christmas Eve 2010. The movie was very interesting and ive always wanted to read this book. Im a fan of Stephen King, and Im hoping that this will be the next book of his i read

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Under-rated, good read!

    Thinner, granted is a little slower than most of King's works, but I thought it was still a great read, and the ending makes the journey worthwhile.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    really good read

    if you watched the movie you would autamatically say that the book is better i gaurantee it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2010

    Read it if you have the patience

    I wanted to like this book. The plot is original and I greatly enjoyed the ending. Reading it, however, was quite a chore. King attempts to make the reader care about his characters, although they are mostly two-dimensional archetypes. Additionally, while it is apparent that King is trying to build/maintain suspense, several parts just feel like rambling and grow tiresome. In short, King is a talented writer with original ideas, but the editing could have been vastly improved. Thinner would have worked better as a novella or short story.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    NOT for die hard king fans

    i wanted to like this book, however the pacing was very slow the new eork times review sums things up perfectly. if you love king's stuff like i do, AVOID this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2010

    Vintage King IBachman)

    Entertaining, but I can hardly believe how many spelling and punctuation errors there are in this ebook!

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