The Stand

The Stand

by Stephen King
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The Stand by Stephen King

In 1978, Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.

Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand: The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral comlexity of a true epic.

For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307743688
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Pages: 1472
Sales rank: 506
Product dimensions: 4.04(w) x 6.92(h) x 2.12(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey’s Story; Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
 
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Hometown:

Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

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

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Pangea More than 1 year ago
I first read the originally-published version of The Stand in 1984. I became so immersed in it that I would pause from reading, look up and around me, and for a long, unsettling moment feel that I was one of the survivors of Captain Tripps. I since read that version another time and then read this expanded version a few years later. I am about to read it once more. No other book calls for me the way this one does. The Stand is an tale of the epic struggle between good and evil. It is God vs. the Devil. Liberal vs. conservative. It is the battle between the good angel and the bad angel that reside on your shoulders, whisper advice into your ears and use your mind as their battleground. One side will lose. In the end, we (the survivors, yes, you will be one too) learn that while we don't get what we want, we do get what we need. Where will you make your stand? M-O-O-N. That spells The Stand.
Penrose More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge King fan, but no book I have read of his has beat The Stand.

Now, in my opinion, the details and work that he puts into his characters in this book absolutely makes the book. I won't lie though, it's not for everyone. I've tried to encourage family and friends to read it, people whom I thought would have loved it, and it was just too long for them to get into.

If you're not used to reading 500+ page books, you may fall out of interest. For me, I personally wish the book was LONGER. I just get can't enough, and I've read it 3 or 4 times already, and am currently reading it again.

The Characters-
The characters feel real. They have weaknesses, faults, and real thoughts. King's usually pretty good with giving his characters real thoughts. You warm up to the characters, you start to LIKE them, to feel connected to them. And there's some great ones in here, especially if you get the expanded version.

The plot-
Why haven't I read anything quite like this before? I mean, sure, "the end of the world" stories have been played around with, but this is definitely more realistic than any of the other's I've read. The plot isn't perfect, but that's ok. It's engaging, and it's the kind of scary where you're just hoping that nothing like Captain Tripps (the virus) ever comes to your front door. Not to mention some of the most interesting antagonists I've ever met on paper.

I would definitely say that this is a MUST read for anyone who calls themselves a Stephen King fan. And for the rest of you, even though it's long, just stick with it. It's such a rewarding book to have read and I still think back to it when certain social situations and topics come up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid Stephen King reader I may be biased, but this was one of the best books I have ever read. While the beginning of the book was a bit slow, its steadily increasing pace kept me intrigued the whole way through. The detailed character descriptions give you insight and help you understand the relationships between the characters. Each character has personality traits and flaws that make them seem like the kind of people you might find in your own town. Mr. King did an excellent job of taking a difficult topic to imagine, seem so real and ominous. This is an excellent book for a book club because its ideas on society, human nature and the battle between good and evil bring up many deep and thought provoking points. I have read this book 6 times and I still have trouble putting it down when I start to read. Its not a book that I would recommend for people with light hearts or stomachs, however.
BookFanNYC More than 1 year ago
It may be massively long, but this book is worth every minute you spend reading it. The details with which King builds his characters never ceases to amaze me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book of what could be a possible future a super flu, nicknamed the ¿captain trips¿ by those who survived, wipes out half of the human population. And then the survivors start having dreams that tell to come to Nebraska. But evil is growing as the heroes are regrouping and its getting ready to wipe every one out and rule what is left. And on top of that they have a entity known only as the ¿dark man¿ to deal with can the nine who survived make the stand? Find out in this book. Some of the things I liked about this book are the way the narrator changes after every chapter. And I was I intrigued by the sheer complexity of the story. Some things I didn¿t like was you would be getting in to one characters story and then you would get to a new chapter and you¿d have to get into the story again. Another thing I didn¿t like about this book was the way it ended. But overall it was a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Stand, a book written by Stephen King, is about people who are trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic setting. They're attempting to survive after a very large sum of the population gets wiped out after a virus called the "superflu" infects them, but they soon find out there's more to it than just that. The Stand was directed to an audience of mostly older teens and adults. It was written to make people about certain possibilities and also to frighten or gross people out. I give The Stand four and a half stars, out of five. The best thing about The Stand is that it has touches of romance, suspense, gore, realism, and parts that totally mind freak you. Parts of it start to drag on a bit but it always ends up being a good chapter. All the characters are interesting and make you want to know more about them and more about what happens to them. In my conclusion, I think this book is great and I recommend to anyone. It's good for Stephen King fans and also good for people aren't fans of him. I've been a Stephen King fan for a while but this certainly one of his best books, in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen King writes another outstanding book with everything. I wasn't born when the orginal can out and started to read King in 8th grade so I picked up The Stand Uncut. The book was a little slow but picks up quickly and slows down at some parts but I didn't mind. This book is not for everyone but if your looking for a detailed story and don't want to read a series, The Stand is a must.
One_Picky_Reader More than 1 year ago
OFF THE CHARTS !!! The Uncut Version is Incredible..I read the edited version first, then when the Uncut book came out I got it, and WOW... !!!. I tried to keep up when King first began, even his alter-named (Backman) books, there are so many now. I have kept my hardcover King books, and re-read them every so often and even though I know the plot they still freak me out !!!! Still a top Author in my Library . 
brebug13 More than 1 year ago
I loved the reality of this book. It is very touching but true. I loved this book all around. If you want a book that sucks you in and wont let you out, this is the book for you.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book last night and I couldn't wait toe write a review. I totally loved this book and would reccomend this book not only to people who don't read the classics but want an epic book that could compete with books like "Lord of the Rings," but also to people who only read classics and feel that it's a waste of time to read a Stephen King book. First off, Stephen King, in my opinion, is one of the best writers of his "class." Furthermore, The Stand is the best work of his that I have read (I plan on reading the Dark Tower series soon which is also considered on of his best). This is an extremely long book (1,141 pages) but I just couldn't stop reading it and I finished it in about a week and a half. It had the classic "good vs. Evil" story going on and it had some of the best characters I have ever seen. All in all, evevery person who is literate should read this book(as long as they don't mind some cursing and some sex, but who doesn't).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't think I would enjoy a "horror" book but a friend recommended it and I really enjoyed it.
Lorena64 More than 1 year ago
Amazing.Emotional.And well written. He took so many aspects of humanity and created a fantastic book. Because it is such a long book, it took me about 1 month to read the book. But when I finished, I wanted more! I cried, laughed, and thrilled. And I love the characters in this book, especially Nick Andros. Not to mention Stu Redman.Stephen King captivated me with his writing.
Dani-Kaylin More than 1 year ago
I can usually tell from reading the first 5 pages weather or not I will love the book; With this one I knew from the 2nd page. I was hooked and hooked bad! King drew me into the story and the more I read the more I felt as though I was Living the story (so much so by the middle of the book I felt as though the real world just a dream). Absolutely Loved this book and I surely recommend it to everybody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a classic tale of good vs. evil. However, the characters are rich and deep, giving the story a authenticity rarely achieved in post-apocalyptic tales.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE STAND is arguably the best book ever written....if ever there was a story depicting the true nature of a wide variety on US citizens in a time of crisis and the struggles with surviving in a post apocalyptic world, the stand delivers...a must read for anyone with the patience of 1100 pages...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is by far one of my favorite SKs out there, but it is by far one of the scariest that I have read. Once you finish the book, and really start to think about what happened, it sends chills down your back for weeks to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Stand. It is, in my opinion, Stephen King's best novel he has ever written. I read both the 800 page version and the much longer 1400 page version, and still found both stories to be great. The story concerns a man-made plaque, yes man-made, that wipes out more than 99% of Earth's population. It is fast and within a few months everybody is dead, except for a few survivors who start having dreams of a dark man named Randall Flagg and a kindly old lady named Mother Abigail. These dreams eventually lead to survivors taking either the side of Randall Flagg, the evil side, or Mother Abigail, the good side. All the characters are deep, and even minor characters are given an in depth view. I believe that is one of the reasons The Stand is one of Stephen King's greatest novels ever. The details are rich, and the story itself is epic in scope. These are also reasons for this being one of the best he has ever written. I've read just about everyone of his stories and novels, and The Stand still stands out over all the rest, and that is saying something. This is the same author of It, The Mist, Carrie, The Shining, Salems Lot, etc. I didn't much like The Tommyknockers, but everything else he has written, including the Dark Tower series, has been above average. That's why I consider The Stand his greatest work ever.
traceb8 More than 1 year ago
“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.” This quote is the quintessence of the theme of human sacrifice and acceptance that frequently appears in this book. The Stand is a religiously-influenced book and is an instant classic that uses the device of good versus evil to convey the message of human unity in the novel. Not only the multiple agitative action scenes, but also the various extended metaphors and symbolism make the story a page turner. It’s intimate relationships, relatable characters, and philosophical themes make this book appropriate for all to read. It begins in an airforce base camp, where a disease designed to be used as weapon runs rampant; the apocalypse had begun. The naturally immune survivors, shaken from the death of many family members and friends, collectively dreamt of two theological figures: one called Mother Abagail, a pious elderly woman who planned to make the survivors a meal at her home (heaven); and the other called the evil Randall Flagg, also called “creeping Judas”, who lead his followers to Las Vegas, the dry, gambling-filled hell. The story follows Harold Lauder, Frannie Goldsmith, Stuart Redman, and the ex-murderer Lloyd Henreid. While the apocalypse survivors search to find the cure for the disease that killed more than 99 percent of their population, the two opposing apparitions lead them to follow the path to heaven or hell (by terms of the barren Earth). The happenings lead to an inspirational and surprising end. Stephen King uses his well-known Random and Purpose literary device to advance the story’s plot, and it is done so effectively. Additionally, the novel makes one think of all of the good, evil, rational, and irrational choices in life and makes one apply it to one’s own. I would definitely read this book as a prospector purely because of the philosophical and ethical ideas brought when finished. Although a hefty 1200-pager like this one may seem impossible to get through, the plot seems to whiz right by, as with most of King’s novels. This book is rewarding when you finish it, and it feels complete in the sense that it doesn’t need a sequel. In conclusion, this novel is a perfect, reflective book with relatable characters that are head-on with life’s infamous question: To be good or evil?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt wait for this book to end! I had to finish it but thought i would be reading forever. Long, tedious,predictable. The characters were well written but not good enough to carry this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King the stand uncut edition is almost 1500 pages of crap and babbling of endless boring story. The super flu virus was good and the traveling though the country but all that about mother abagail is not worth the story and Randy Flagg is the weakest villain in the world. Trash can man was the best character of all. The good and evil story was ok but it could have been better. Not worth paying money for this long and boring book. Two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to let you all know this is My most Favorite Book ever. I've always liked most books written by Steven King. This is my fav. Though. The book my be long, but well worth your time spent on reading it. The main idea of this story is almost to believable. The way he tells it just glides along so quickly & something else is started. I love most of the people he writes about. They seem almost real at times. It's well thought out on how life could be & how you may need to survive in it. I've read this book like 20 times or more, so of coures it's the very first i purchased when i got this NOOK as a Christmas gift. About the only part I have hard time believing is everyone having the same 2 dreams. Also I was not happy about how the die towords the end. I just thought maybe they could of found a way for Larry, Ralph & Glen. Larry & Stu were my two favs. of all the people. Fran comes in third. Ialso thought maybe Harold should of been reformed to the good side, instead of what happens to him. I also would not of minded if he had made the story twice of long. Then SK could of delved even more into the main people & even more on some of the minor people. I sure hope you enjoy this Book as much as I DO! I try to reread it like maybe once every 18 months or do. And I usually feel like i find out something new or even absorb it differently to make it more enjoyable to me. Happy Reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a culture oversaturated with post-apocalyptic yarns, this one is a shining gem that puts nearly all others to shame. The characters are unforgettable and diverse, and King's other-worldly storytelling ability is as on point as his fans have come to expect. Hundreds of pages will buzz by as you become consumed and enter this broken but refreshing world, and when it ends, you might feel as if you left something in those pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It may be a little slow at times but its sooo worth it its really good! Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first world-wide wipe-out of the human race by virus books. Started out great, but way too much good and evil, gods and devils stuff about halfway through. I did not finish it and probably won't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King has got to be an amazing writer if someone who is not easily scared can look at the covers of one of his books and think "Oh God, should I read this?" He is just a spectacular writer.