Roadwork

Roadwork 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

  • Title: Roadwork
  • Author: Richard Bachman Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9780451197870
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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.

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    1. A new stretch of interstate is being build and Bart Dawes' house is right in its path. He has until January 20th to find a new place for he and his wife to live and also a new location for the Blue Ribbon, the industrial laundry where he has been employed for twenty years. What will happen if he doesn't? I wasn't very old when the original four Bachman books were released but I can't imagine this one did very well before King outted himself. It doesn't really have a lot going on. Bart Dawes is c [...]

    2. "I know something else as well: there's a place in most of us where the rain is pretty much constant, the shadows are always long, and the woods are full of monsters."Roadwork tells the story of Bart Dawes, a man suffering from grief following the death of his young son. To add to his woes, he is to lose both his workplace and home as a consequence of the extension of a nearby interstate highway.Let me give you a little background into my history with the Bachman books before Roadwork, I had rea [...]

    3. My feelings are really smack dab in the middle on this book. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. I thought some parts were interesting but for the most part, I found it quite pointless if I'm being completely honest. It seemed like something that should have been a short story but was stretched needlessly into a full length novel. Normally I always love King/Bachman's characters but they left a lot to be desired in this story. I had a hard time finding anything to like about any of the [...]

    4. Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman reminds me of Philip K Dick’s mainstream, non- SF stories. The style and tone of Confessions of a Crap Artist and Humpty Dumpty in Oakland with some scare the freaky deaky out of you is how this comes across.Actually, I also thought about the 1993 Joel Schumacher film Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas. Both stories center around a good protagonist who has had enough. They thought they were living the American Dream but that dream has a dark undersid [...]

    5. Well then. As much as it pains me to do this, I calls 'em like I sees 'em, and this was an effort in futility on just about all fronts. Now I know, I know, the Bachman books are depressing and dark and bleak and grim. I know all that. I expected it, and was even looking forward to it. But this This was almost painfully tedious to get through. It was so pointless. So futile. I've read all of the Bachman books, and they've all been dark and grim and whatnot but they've all had a point. I didn't fe [...]

    6. Qué tristeza y desesperanza transmite este libro Creo que estoy a punto de ponerme a gritar. Por las cosas perdidas. Por tu sonrisa, Mary. Perdóname si echo la cabeza hacia atrás y me pongo a gritar por la sonrisa que ya nunca aparece en tu rostro. ¿De acuerdo?King con este relato nos enseña que tenemos que vivir con todo nuestro corazón, que estemos más relajados ante las cosas malas que nos pasen, que no perdamos tiempo con preocupaciones que solo sirven para atormentarnos, que seamos f [...]

    7. Audiobook – Narrated by G Valmont Thomas – Dreadful narration.This is the first audiobook narrated by Thomas that I’ve listened to and it will probably be my last. His reading voice is beautiful and if he’d stuck to that I would have thoroughly enjoyed it. But he didn’t.His character voices were just awful. It was like watching a puppet show. At least that’s the image that kept popping into my head. I couldn’t finish listening to it.***Ebook:Bleak and depressing as the Bachman book [...]

    8. I read this after reading The Long Walk and couldn't get into it at all to begin with. I found it a little bit dull and difficult to relate to. But as the story progressed I became absolutely engrossed in it, it really becomes difficult to put down. It's incredibly sad at times, but can often be humorous and very suspenseful.This is a straight novel, no supernatural elements a la' king. In short, its a tale of one man standing in the way of progress, clutching onto the remains of the past with w [...]

    9. This one is more like 3.5 stars. A perfect example of psychological horror. There are no monsters in this book except the ones in Bart Dawes own brain. The best part of the book was the way that Mr. King was able to make the highway extension feel like a character. This story was written in 1981, I'm not sure if it would even have been published in a post 9-11 American society, at least not by a major publisher.

    10. Yπάρχουν κάποια βιβλία που,πραγματικά,δεν θα συνιστούσαν καμία απώλεια για τη λογοτεχνία,αν δεν είχαν γραφτεί ποτέ. Το "Έργα οδοποιίας" είναι ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο. Ο ίδιος ο King έχει πει πως το θεωρεί το χειρότερο -ίσως- βιβλίο του Bachman και απλά θα έρθω να συμφωνήσω. Πέστε να με φάτ [...]

    11. 1.5 stars. Move aside Rage and Gerald’s Game, new least fave King coming through! I can’t even be bothered to write a review for this, it was just crap. Main character drew no sympathy from me, he was distasteful and absolutely fixated on vaginas. I swear every other word was ‘vagina’. And it was dull. That’s all you’re getting from me folks. The reason it’s not a 1 is the possible Dark Tower connection.

    12. Stephen King, considered "roadwork" one of his not so good novels. I want to disagree with His majesty . Lots of readers thought that it would have been a fine short story, but it failed as a novel. I object to that. For me, "it" and "the stand" would be better if they were "less" ,but "roadwork" is exactly the right size.Because it is real life. In 300 or so pages, it holds the full extension of human vulnerability and despair, in front of painfull fate ,grievous blows of life and the system's [...]

    13. Another great surprise in re-reading Stephen King was Roadwork, which I must confess that I did not remember a lot of details about. First: it was a whole lot easier to connect to the pained Barton Dawes now than when I was 19 (even if it was quite a shock discovering that the disillusioned man with crumbling marriage, crumbling physique and crumbling life is 40(!) - I had him at about 60 in my head, but on the other hand, what's the difference between 40 and 60 when you're 19?). Anyway, it's qu [...]

    14. Roadwork - Stephen King, Richard BachmanIt's amazing what a difference a few years can make. When I was first getting into Stephen King's work, I had no idea where to start. I will never forget finding myself in a small used bookstore in Decatur, Alabama, perusing a bookshelf filled with worn King paperbacks and being shocked that a man could write so much. I picked titles at random, trying to remember what books my friend (a huge King fan at the time) had recommended to me days before this trip [...]

    15. 2 stars for the story.One extra, for Bart Dawes.Sad portrait of a character desperately trying to come to terms with an imposing external reality and slowly losing grip of his internal reality. Throughout the story, I came to like Bart, the main character whose elbowed off the stage of his work and social life like a has-been actor. It's just too bad I had to shove and push my way through over-description to really appreciate him.I'm sure the suspense in the story had more impact back when it fi [...]

    16. Τριακοστό όγδοο βιβλίο του Στίβεν Κινγκ που περνάει στην λίστα με τα διαβασμένα, έβδομο που είναι γραμμένο με το ψευδώνυμο Ρίτσαρντ Μπάκμαν. Πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο που δεν έχει καμία απολύτως σχέση και σύνδεση με το Φανταστικό, είναι μια άκρως ρεαλιστική ιστορία, που περ [...]

    17. I wasn't sure about this one but by the end I did like Bart and over all enjoyed this book. it's kinda heart breaking :(

    18. This review is for die-hard King fans only:Most of the reviews here pretty much sum Roadwork up. A well-written, tragic tale of a "beautiful loser", whose life has gone downhill at an exponential velocity, ever since he learned that there was going to be a highway built through his living room. Compounded with the death of his son, Charlie (which he has never gotten over), this becomes a recipie for disaster. But what I really want to dicuss here, is the powerful, strong links to the Dark Tower [...]

    19. In my rereading of King's work, this, along with Eyes of the Dragon and The Tommyknockers, was one of the novels I was kind of dreading, because, though I remembered very little of the novel, I distinctly remember being somewhat bored with it and flat out not liking it much.Yeah, well, that was the young me. The unmarried me. The me that hadn't been a father. The me that had been too young to, on occasion, look back on his life and wonder what it all meant.This time, this novel resonated quite s [...]

    20. I have only read one other of the Bachman novels, The long walk and I remember really enjoying it so when I came across Roadwork I was excited to read it. The Bachman novels are not really so much horror as Kings novels are and the difference is nice. I find it sad King had to stop writing as Bachman personally. Roadwork is about a man who loses his place of employment and his house because the city is building a highway through both. He doesn't want to lose either and doesn't take it well at al [...]

    21. No lo he comenzado con mucha expectativa debido a que no me parecía muy atrapante la sinopsis. Sin embargo no esperaba menos que un personaje principal interesante siendo una obra de Stephen King, y creo que verdaderamente la psiquis de Bart que desde el principio se muestra trastornada hace que se sostenga un climax paradojicamente inestable, ya que oscila entre la indecisión y el desconocimiento de las causas de sus decisiones. El respaldo del desequilibro mental de Bart es loable: es una pe [...]

    22. Die Geschichte eines Mannes, der langsam aber sicher jede Rationalität hinter sich lässt, ist genau das, was Stephen King und Richard Bachman voneinander unterscheidet. Ich meine ernsthaft. Wie lange hat es ersterer je geschafft nicht irgendwelchen Fantasie-Wesen die Schuld für den Wahnsinn in den Köpfen der Menschen zu geben? Eben. Sogar in seinen jüngeren, an Krimis orientierten Werken ist das so.Aber unter dem Synonym "Richard Bachman" schrieb der wohl bekannteste Horror-Autor der Welt [...]

    23. Nunca pensé que iba a demorar tanto en leer un libro inferior a cuatrocientas páginas, y encima de King. Se me hizo tedioso por el simple hecho de que es una novela muy lineal. No hay giros abruptos, y no sorprende en ningún momento. Además, nunca pude empatizar con Barton Dawes. Lo positivo podría ser lo de siempre, a lo que nos tiene acostumbrados el autor; la estructura psicológica de los personajes y sus claras motivaciones. En definitiva, debe ser lo más flojo que he leído de King. [...]

    24. "That's what we are. The March of Time, Freddy. That what it is. Forty waiting for fifty waiting for sixty. Waiting for a nice hospital bed and a nice nurse to stick a nice catheter inside you. Freddy, forty is the end of being young. Well, actually thirty's the end of being young, forty is where you stop fooling yourself. I don't want to grow old in a strange place."This was a tremendous read, though if you hear what it's about on the surface your first reaction will likely be 'Well, why would [...]

    25. 3.0 stars.Like The Long Walk and The Running Man, King/Bachman’s Roadwork’s structure progresses through a “ticking” timeline. Unlike The Long Walk and The Running Man, King/Bachman’s Roadwork takes place in a present rather than a future.The novel, in many ways, represents King/Bachman’s most realistic, and most mundane, novel. And while it shows up a variety of social points and criticisms, empathy and/or sympathy for the protagonist, Barton G (George), Dawes becomes difficult—de [...]

    26. Roadwork feels more like King than Bachman, especially when you compare it to the rest of the novels that comprised that hefty Bachman Books compendium (all of King's signature writerly tics are on display, here). I remember skimming this one the last time I read these, and I'm glad I didn't this time. I caught a lot of what feel like referential moments to his other work. Heather and I agree that if Phil Drake isn't Callahan walking the Todash Highway, then he's his twinner, for suresies. Georg [...]

    27. **KEEP OUT OF REACH OF DEPRESSED PERSONS**Really this is just a long drawn out tale of a depressed man who pretty much became insane because of a highway being built right through the middle of his house, and his livelihood, a glorified Laundrymat. I dont really think the book could have been anymore depressing, and the main character could not have pitied himself any more than he was already. I also found the book to be very predictable. I realize that this is a very early novel from King, but [...]

    28. Wow. This is a Stephen King (I mean Bachman) story unlike any other. The main character stands out from any character I’ve ever read in a fiction. If you’ve never read Roadwork I can tell you that most likely you will either love it or hate it. You will either care about this character or you won’t and if you don’twell you’ll probably want to move on quickly and pick up IT or The Shining to get this book out of your memory.I was immediately drawn into this character’s misery and para [...]

    29. Playlist Roadwork On the Border - Al Stewart I Left My Heart in San Francisco (Dinah Washington)Alfie (Dionne Warwick)Dirty Water - The StandellsGoodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton JohnMantovani (Greensleeves)Green Door - Gisele MacKenzieStranger in Paradise - Gisele MacKenzieKitty Carlisle (Women)Dave Van Ronk (Fixin’ to Die)Gary Davis (Death Don’t Have no Mercy)Tom Rush (If Your Man Gets Busted)Tom Paxton (I’m the Man That Built Bridges)Spider John Koerner (Rattlesnake)Gimme Shelter - The [...]

    30. No sé bien que pienso del libro. Me ha gustado, claro, pero siento que hay algo en la historia y en el personaje principal que me llegó, aunque no logro identificar bien que es. A lo mejor es su personalidad autodestructiva, su forma cínica y pesimista de ver las cosas. No lo sé.

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