Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne

by Stephen King

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ISBN-13: 9780451177094
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1993
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Hometown:

Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“An unforgettable, unflinching glimpse into a mind driven to murder.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Extraordinarily vivid…an impressive tour de force, a sensitive character study that holds the reader rapt.”—Playboy

“Powerful...startlingly good.”—Time

“A literary triumph. The finest of King novels…a plot of enormous energy…Read this book.”—Milwaukee Journal

“A daring performance…spooky…Dolores’s voice rings true throughout.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Dolores Claiborne 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think there is a little Dolores in every woman. What a great read! The characters are genuine and the story is poignant. Dolores Claiborne is a heroine. Sharp-tongued, sensible and hardworking, Dolores Claiborne exemplifies a spirit that lies within the heart of most mothers, daughters and wives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dolores Claiborne is simply a fantastic piece of story telling. If you're looking for any crazy sci-fi stuff to give the story its legs, look elsewhere. The book is masterfully crafted around Dolores and her struggle to survive and keep her children safe. It is very character driven and King expertly unfolds the story in complete realism and makes the book breath with perfect dialect and Dolores's unique voice. If you are looking for a good character book, Dolores Claiborne is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. Stepen King is such a great writer, this book is undoubtedly one of his best. Get this book. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was a great read. I enjoyed it. Even though the story had a few moments of that it longered, but not in a boring nonsenses way. Really interesting from beginning to the end. I decided to read because I loved the movie so much and wanted to make some comparisons. Now I am glad that I read since the movie made so much changes. Please don't get me wrong folks but the film didn't due it's complete justice to the novel. Stephen King has done outstanding writting again. He created a great setting that fit the tale as most of his books that I've read. I adored the character Dolores. The way that she struggled with her family and troubles. Found her as wise,strong and a true mother. I admit that Cathy Bates delivered an excellent performance in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely brilliant! I so love the symbolism behind the solar eclipse. The sun is male energy and the moon is the woman's energy. At the moment that Dolores is rid of Joe and his control over her life, the moon blocks the sun. The female energy is now in control. Powerful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story thoroughly because it talks of human will and vigor, how the human spirit cannot be put down, no matter how great the risks and consequences. A very well written novel by a great novelist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ayuh, this is not the typical King novel. Although there is much violence in the realm of domestic introduced via the title charactor, there is the diversion which leads us to the development of sort of a mentor figure of Dolores. The interaction between these figures bears much on the way Delores reacts to her own problems at home. It is important to keep this employer/employee relationship in mind while reading. Another interesting aspect of the story is that it's told in 'first person.' Dolores narates her life in her words which adds texture to the account of the events in her life that lead up to present day. The author's infatuation with human feces was a little disturbing and I thought unnecessary. Delores was a likable and strong charactor who held my interest. She was contrasted by the evil exhibited by her husband. Delores had acted in self-preservation in order to keep her sense of dignity. This is not a neat or pretty novel and yet the reader may find it to be just in the end. How would the reader react in such a situation? This question creeps into her consciousness as she reads. We are prompted many times to question our own moral fiber in this manner. Would we have reacted that different from Dolores? The only way to find out is by reading the book yourself and coming to your own conclusions. solo.
LynnB on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I've avoided reading Stephen King because I don't like horror or ghost stories. But someone said I should try this one and I'm glad I did.Dolores Claiborne is accused of killing her demanding employer, Vera. In the course of that investigation, Dolores' past comes up: did her husband Joe really die an accidental death? The plot unfolds as Dolores tells her story to the police -- the whole story, for the first time in her life. Mr. King has done a credible job of writing from the perspective of a woman and I was drawn into the story and had a lot of empathy for Dolores.
Chellsway on LibraryThing 5 months ago
For those Stephen King fans who haven't read Dolores Claiborne and for those of you who don't normally listen to books on tape the Audio version of Dolores Claiborne is not to miss. It is absolutely SUPERB! Because the book is written in a first person narrative it is perfect for audio. And Frances Sternhagen reading as Dolores Claiborne nailed the role. Her accent is right on and through 9 hours she doesn't miss a beat. While this IS somewhat off the beaten path for Stephen King it still keeps you on road the edge of your seat. So--if you have a long trip coming up get Dolores Claiborne and a thermos of hot tea and enjoy!
klarsenmd on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book has the same great character development I have come to love in all of Mr. King's books. The way he flips back and forth along the timeline of the story adds to the charm of his unique ability to captivate his readers.
beebowallace on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The book is a narrated account of two deaths on the fictional Little Tall Island off the coast of Maine by Dolores herself. The narration covers some 30 years and Dolores¿s firsthand knowledge of these two deaths. The three main characters; Dolores Claiborne, her husband Joe St. George and her employer Vera Donovan are well developed and very true to nature as in typical King fashion. The story culminates during a solar eclipse after we weave through the twists and turns of Dolores¿s every day decisions and motivations. King¿s story details at what lengths a mother will go to protect and provide for her children. As always with the King, the obvious ending is far from obvious.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Another goo strong woman main character. A good morality tale about abuse.
crazy4reading on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was my first Stephen King book and I have to say I was quite pleased with the story. I have heard how scary his books are and that has been one of the reasons I have avoided reading his novels. I am glad that I finally took the time to give Stephen King a try.Dolores Claiborne is the story of a woman who reveals the truth about her husbands death years latere because the woman that she has been caring for the past years dies and people in the town start talking about her having murdered the woman. Dolores is a very interesting character in the novel. As I was reading the story I could actually hear her voice in my head just by the way the story was written.Dolores was straight forward and very blunt when she spoke, which I found very entertaining. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The only thing I didn't care for about the book was the fact that there were no chapters so it was difficult to find a good place to stop while reading the book.
khoov00 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is one of my all time favorite books. It's the pre-curser to books like "The Lovely Bones" as it is a terrible and sad story. The strange thing is that the way King writes this book makes it ok somehow. The story is intriguing and the characters are so well written that you feel you know them personally. When I say the story is terrible I don't mean the way it is written, the subject matter is the terrible part, but the writing is exceptional. I never thought I would enjoy a book with this type of subject matter but King has woven a tale that takes you on the journey of this family and while you go through the darkest parts of their lives you also see the good side and afterward it all seems ok. I would recommend this book to anyone and have read it more than once myself. Also, the movie version is one of the few adaptations of Stephen King books that actually translates well to the screen.
jseger9000 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Dolores Claiborne is at the sheriff¿s office. She¿s been accused of two murders, but will only confess to one. The entire book takes the form of a single, uninterrupted monolog as Dolores tells the police a tale spanning thirty years of her life. King uses this book to celebrate tough women as he details the intertwining lives of Dolores and Vera Donovan, two women who soldier on through some very hard times.The book is more a drama/mystery than anything else, but King adds in enough suspense to make the book a page-turner. Dolores narrates the story herself, jumping backwards and forwards in time, piquing your interest with a shocking, offhand comment here and there that will only be followed up pages later. The fact that there are no chapter breaks also encourages you to keep reading `just a few more pages.¿King does a good job of using dialect without overdoing it. I¿m not an audio book listener usually, but I am thinking twice about this one. Dolores¿ voice is just such a strong part of the story (and I bet the narrator of the audio book, Frances Sternhagen does a bang-up job of it).So an excellent, exciting read. The strength of Delores' narrative just adds to what is already an excellent book. Highly recommended.
wonnie71 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is my favourite King book by far, I read three times within 1 year in 1994. I was touched by Dolores's love for her children, uneducated but very fair and intelligent way of thinking. The movie was not as interesting but the book is excellent.
santhony on LibraryThing 5 months ago
As with many of King's works, I find his books that deal with real people to be far scarier and more entertaining than the books that involve supernatural (and many times silly) monsters and beings. Gerald's Game, Dolores Claiborne, The Shining, Misery are terrifying without being ridiculous.
bobbolls on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I have to agree with Chellsway's comment. I listened to this audio book and found Frances Sternhagen's delivery superb. What a great story and the narration, accent and pacing were excellent.
SuzannaR on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was no disappointment, like always, Stephen king has wrote another great book. He makes it seem like you are in the book feeling the adrenaline rush through your blood, and pump through your heart. A book that keeps you wondering what Stephan will do next.
buffalogr on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Excellent Stephen King murder mystery. I liked it a lot.
BooksWithBrooke More than 1 year ago
This is Stephen King brilliance! 5 small town, couldn't put it down stars!
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Once again Mr. King demonstrates his inate ability to determine and describe just what 'makes us tick'. Not unlike his work in Pet Sematary, wherein he allowed us to experience a father's angst and the lengths to which a parent will go to make things right. In my humble opinion, there are a handful of artists who can put the brush to paper like Stephen King when painting the brightest brights and the darkest darks of the human spirit. Long live the King of the written word! I'm a lifelong fan, sir! Just keep 'em coming, because brilliance never goes out of style......