Rose Madder


Norman is a policeman, and is excellent at finding people. Norman also has a violent temper, and was recently accused of assaulting an African-American woman named Wendy Yarrow. The subsequent lawsuit and Internal Affairs investigation has made him even more volatile. Nine years later, when Rose is making the bed, she notices a drop of blood on the sheet from her nose the night before; Norman had punched her in the face for spilling iced tea on him.

Rose realizes that she has passively suffered through Norman's abuse for fourteen years and that if she continues to put up with it, he may well eventually kill her. Rose reluctantly decides to leave Norman, departing from her unidentified city on a bus. Once Norman realizes Rose's flight, he resolves to hunt her down. Rose arrives in Midwestern city, disoriented and afraid. When she arrives at the bus station, she meets a man named Peter Slowik, who guides her to Daughters and Sisters , a women's shelter.

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There, she quickly makes friends with Gert and Cynthia. With the help of Anna Stevenson , the shelter's director, gets an apartment and a job as a hotel housekeeper.

Rose decides to pawn her engagement ring, only to learn that it is worthless. My book club read this book last month. This is how book club went basically: Colleen, what was your favorite part of this book? Well, Joy, I'll get to that in a few, but would anyone like some chocolate? Passes around a bowl of chocolate until they are all staring at me expectantly.

You know, Joy, Stephen King never disappoints. Every time I turned the page, there were more words that formed sentences. The kind of sentences that make up all of Stephen King's boo My book club read this book last month. The kind of sentences that make up all of Stephen King's books. Long ones, short ones, incomplete ones. But that's the beauty of this book, right?

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The sentences tell a story in a way that only sentences could. And THAT is why this book was so brilliant. Why are you even in book club if you never actually read the books? View all 19 comments. Aug 16, Carol rated it liked it Shelves: Unprepared, terrified and alone, after 14 long years of living in hell, Rose finally flees for her life knowing f 3. As always, enjoyed the tie-ins to other KING novels. View all 22 comments. Oct 30, Mary rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Probably my favorite King book, Rose Madder contains some of his creepiest imagery and the best characterization of a woman that he's managed thus far.

It's hard not to get involved in Rosie's problems as she runs from a horrifically abusive marriage. The supernatural horror aspect of the story doesn't even enter into it until fairly late in the book; King gives you the chance to watch Rosie grow and change, and to set the stage for what will happen next. Definitely the one I would loan to someon Probably my favorite King book, Rose Madder contains some of his creepiest imagery and the best characterization of a woman that he's managed thus far.

Definitely the one I would loan to someone who wasn't sure about King's more horrifying books, but wanted to try out his writing anyway. View all 5 comments. For the bulk of the book, it's an interesting story of an abused woman escaping her sadistic and tormenting husband.

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The main character is a sympathetic lead who doesn't indulge in melodrama or denial, but comes across realistically written when she escapes into a town and group that accepts her for who she is and not what she's escaping. The side characters were as well-written, including the lead of the women's group who, while being noble, isn't black and white noble. Rose Madder was a tough book to put down and I didn't get the griping I'd heard about it The painting and other world stuff threw me.

I had a discussion with a friend about this and we both felt the story didn't need any of it. He could have just written a thriller with a man chasing his escaped wife and it would have been great; when he introduces the fantasy stuff that was hard to comprehend, the story loses focus and even warrants a little skimming. Unlike some of King's other tomes, the length and pacing are suitable to the story content.

The ending has a weird and bitter twist which fit well, even again that I didn't full get it. The author doesn't shy away from actual vicious abuse, giving his main villain a biting tendency. I would have liked to see more of the details of the shelter, but I liked the women who worked together and had friendships.

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She tucked her purse under one arm and took her first dozen steps into the fogbank which was now her future. Before the Rose Madder painting becomes a Portal Picture , it is also this. I imagined that somewhere along the way something went wrong and what causes the rest of us to behave like human beings was lost in them. Da das ganze Geschehen etwas ins Surreale rutscht, fand ich es umso spannender zu sehen, was Stephen King daraus gemacht hat. Soon, Todd blackmails Dussander into telling him about the gory details in exchange for not turning him Norman, a police officer hunts Rose down and begins to eliminate those who try to interfere with his pursuit of his wife. Though actually it's more like he's clinging to the mask once he's possessed by the Bull Erinyes.

It was convincing and thoughtful. I just met crazy rivaling that of Annie Wilkes. Turns out this book was better than I had anticipated. The painting did not necessarily overwhelm the narrative. It added a dim I just met crazy rivaling that of Annie Wilkes. It added a dimension. Some have said this book would have been better as a straight-out thriller, with the supernatural element removed. By doing this King brings the story full circle, using that wacky and wonderful imagination no less.

Granted, this book is not for everyone. Even some King fans will cringe at the violence and sexual innuendos many of which are not innuendos at all.

Norman falls down the stairs. Recommend for King fans because none should be missed. View all 8 comments. Now I remember why I didn't like this the first time I read it.

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It wears out its welcome a good 60 pages before the end. We get our denouement, and then we're made to wade through a goodly chunk of book before we can call it done. Still, Rose Madder is okay. I think what keeps this book pretty middle of the road for me is Norman Daniels, our cliched villain. King has three types of male antagonists: Norman Daniels suffers from the former and the latte Now I remember why I didn't like this the first time I read it.

Norman Daniels suffers from the former and the latter while having also been molested as a child.

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Rose Madder is a fantasy Thriller novel by American writer Stephen King, published in It deals with the effects of domestic violence and, unusually for a. Rose Madder has ratings and reviews. Colleen said: My book club read this book last month. This is how book club went basically: Joy: Coll.

I'm not a huge fan of the whole molested-people-turn-into-monsters storyline. I know it happens, that the cycle can continue not all the time, but it does happen , I just don't like reading about it. I would much rather read about someone overcoming their past instead of becoming it. I like to see damaged children beat the odds. Call me an optimist in that regard. Things this book does well are as follows: Yeah, I dug all that. And if you dig King, I think you will too. Expect spoilers for several King books if you click on View Spoiler. Any of you that read my Decade with King posts will know that I believe all of King's books tie into one of three things: It , The Tommyknockers , or the Dark Tower series.

Well, all the glowing green shit in this book makes me think the Temple of the Bull might be somehow connected to the Great Old Ones from the Prim. Perhaps the temple is where the Grays were worshipped once upon a when? It does beg the question There are much better Stephen King books, there are much worse Stephen King books. If you read all his books in order from Carrie to as of writing this review Revival , you should hit this one about the right time. In other words, I would place it smack dab in the middle, exactly where it lands in his career's timeline.

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Not everything in this temple is bullshit. View all 6 comments. Mar 03, Felina rated it liked it Shelves: This is definately my least favorite of the King books I've read so far. I simultaniously loved and hated this book. There were no parts that I just liked Clearly since I gave it 3 stars I loved more parts then I hated. First the good stuff. As usual Kings take on a crazy person is always amazing and terrifying. My first King book was Misery and I just love his crazy villians. I was actually getting a little bored with the book until Rosie found he This is definately my least favorite of the King books I've read so far.

I was actually getting a little bored with the book until Rosie found her painting and the weird stuff, that makes me love King so much, started to happen. I was entranced during Rosies whole 'adventure' in the painting trying to find the baby. I wish a few things had been explained a little more but he kind of left me to make up my own mind which is always bittersweet anyways.

And, of course, I loved the Misery references in this book. It made me feel like I was part of a special group of people who were in the know. There was an aspect of this book that was so beyond reality and completely fake and phoney that I don't think even King pulled it off. His name was Bill. Rosie's heart of gold, love at first sight, commitment loving boyfriend. I kept expecting this dewey-eyed chick-lit cliche to turn into a hard core dose of reality, which is usually Kings specialty.

Something a little more Nora Roberts fans don't even buy this guy. And I'm pretty sure I heard Nicholas Sparks call him a pussy. Keep in mind that not all woman are waiting around for a white knight to rescue them on his valient steed. Some of us want realistic relationships with realistic men. This character almost completely ruined the female empowerment in this book The woman's lib fanatic in me was jumping for joy when she pee'd all over his face but mostly when she called him a queer boy I think that was her term and he couldn't believe a woman was talking to him in that respect.

Yep, Normie, its a woman View all 13 comments. The 31st book in my long-term Stephen King reading project and the first one I had never read before. Considering common opinion including King's own and my friends views, I enjoyed more than I thought I would. However, it's far from without issues. For a long time I had a vague idea about men like Rose's husband. I imagined that somewhere along the way something went wrong and what causes the rest of us to behave like human beings was lost in them.

The abundance of them made me refine my theo The 31st book in my long-term Stephen King reading project and the first one I had never read before. The abundance of them made me refine my theory and now I think whatever is missing in their heads was never there in the first place. When the rest of humanity evolved, a large group remained primitive, Homo Wasteofspaceis, a pitiful branch on the family tree that later took a turn for the worse Anyway, much can be said about them, but best is probably to just avoid them altogether.

Reading about them is no fun, and it's probably not good for you to read a book being seriously angry all the time. Being inside one's head, well, anyplace is probably more pleasurable. Besides all the vitriolic, ugly, hateful thoughts that I would be fine without, I did not get this guy's similes and references at all, at one point he refers to a character that he does not perceive as a threat at all to be "as dangerous as Bambi's friend Thumper".

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I don't get it at all. What's not to fear? Ah, I needed that! I'll stick to the story now. The first half of the book is really good and I enjoyed it very much. At the mid-point, though, something changed and I had troubles just keeping focus on what was happening which really wasn't much over the course of a few chapters that felt really long. Not had I more than realized I was drifting - view spoiler [ until the Dark tower-references started dropping in. But this was never a huge problem, because quite soon hide spoiler ] - the story was back on track.

King does play quite a bit with our emotions, but hey, who's not a sucker for a bit of feel-good, 'aww, that's nice', 'how cute', once in a while? So, a few words on the ending. A lot of what is happening is first told from Rose's perspective - and then the very same happenings are told from the husbands perspective. Two faults here; it drags out a lot, and, we're back inside that horrible mind again! Because of the ending and the middle part this gets the "liked it" rating from me. Much better than its reputation I would say.

Jul 22, Nick Iuppa rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rose McClendon married Norman right after high school, suffered a vicious bite from him on their wedding night, and from then on her life became one long nightmare of abusive violence. Rose was beaten for things like not washing the floor thoroughly enough, reading romance novels, and getting pregnant.

It was getting pregnant that landed Rose in the hospital, the baby beaten to death within her. What follows is really a story of liberation.

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That life turns out to be far more wonderful than she could ever have imagined. The painting becomes a key focus in the story. How is King is able to gain such a keen grasp of the mind of a sicko like Norman? I can see King in long conversations with guys who know the ways and whiles of the police force and its most aberrant practitioners. When Norman shows up, terrorizes, and murders the very people who saved Rose when she arrived in her new city has to be Chicago , the painting becomes even more alive.

Rose does a favor for that woman on the hill The woman named Rose Madder for the color of her gown and the words scrawled in charcoal on the back of the painting is not the sweet motherly type we might have imagined. But she also serves a liberating purpose because, when Norman chases Rose into the painting, Rose Madder is more than happy to confront him, reveal her truest self, and basically eat him alive.

Teetering on the brink of continued violence from then on, Rose Madder exercises scary self-control as she warns Rosie that she has to do certain things to be able to lead a happy life. Oh, and Rose had better get the hell out of the paining while she can. Rosie pictures herself carrying out some of the same kinds of cruel actions that Norman performed.

And now Rose begins to fear that her anger with turn her into the very being she encountered in the painting. Rose Madder might have been a preview of what Rosie is to become. King sometimes uses symbols and at other times avoids them. In this case it sure looks like the crusts growing on Rose Madder might be emblematic of the anger that has transferred from Norman to her, taking over her life, turning her into the same kind of monster who had so persecuted Rose.

Hear more from Michael. Salute these Emmy nominees. A small Pennsylvania town is plagued by a series of mysterious events than may be caused by demonic car. A small Appalachian town is disturbed by a series of unexplained cocoon-like shrouds engulfing the female residents while they sleep. A preacher loses his faith and becomes obsessed in his electrical experimentation after his wife and child are accidentally killed. Todd Bowden realizes that Kurt Dussander, a nazi criminal, lives in his small town. Soon, Todd blackmails Dussander into telling him about the gory details in exchange for not turning him