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Dolores Claiborne [BOOKS] ✭ Dolores Claiborne Author Stephen King – an alternate cover edition can be found here Everything I did I did for loveFor thirty years folks on Little Tall Island have been waiting to find out just what happened on the eerie dark day Dolores an alternate cover edition can be found here Everything I did I did for loveFor thirty years folks on Little Tall Island have been waiting to find out just what happened on the eerie dark day Dolores Claiborne's husband died the day of the total eclipse Now the police want to know what happened yesterday when her rich bedridden employer died suddenly in her care With no choice but to talk Dolores gives her compelling confession of the strange and terrible links forged by hidden intimacies of the fierceness of a mother's love and its dreadful conseuences of the silent rage that can turn a woman's heart to hate When Dolores Claiborne is accused of murder it's only the beginning of the bad news For what comes after that is something only Stephen King could imagine as he rips open the darkest secrets and the most damning sins of men and women in an ingrown Maine town and takes you on a trip below its straitlaced surface.

10 thoughts on “Dolores Claiborne

  1. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    Sometimes you have to be a high riding bitch to survive sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on toHaving been suspected of being involved in the death of her rich employer Dolores Claiborne tells the story of her life to the police from the disintegration of her marriage and suspicious death of her husband to the relationship she had with her employer Vera DonovanWow this book is pretty uniue it's in the form of a monologue given by Dolores herself detailing the events leading up to her husband's death a number of years previously as well as the recent death of her employer Vera Donovan There's no chapters no breaks nothing Just a continuous narration from our protagonist It blows me away how not for one second did I feel like I was reading King's writing I felt like I was reading Dolores' confession King's ability to perfectly encapsulate and get into the head of a middle aged woman astounds me She has such a strong believable voice Bravo King bravoDolores made me laugh out loud honestly those stories about Vera's bowel movements she made me tear up and I was cheering her on every step of the way She is a kick ass character a strong female and one of King's best And she perfectly demonstrates the strength of a mother's love even though it may raise many uestions about morality and how far we should go to protect those who we love It took me a little longer to warm up to Vera but I ended up loving her as well It's just so awesome to read about two females who even though they may have had some issues had each other's backs Dolores Claiborne may have given me a new favourite King character for the list but it has also given me a new most hated character too Her damn husband Joe The way he treats Dolores and the things he says to her as well as how he treated other characters careful of spoilers made me want to beat the crap outta him UGH I HATE HIMEven though this book has uite a few funny moments and hilarious uotes from Dolores it does deal with some dark themes such as domestic violence alcoholism and sexual abuse It's not a horror book either although certain parts left me a little on edge which I can't go into without spoilering Although I liked the uniue narration of this book I personally was not a fan of the lack of chapters or section breaks but I guess that's just a personal preference I've had a few people on instagram say they prefer that as it actually helped them speed through the book It just wasn't for meI almost wanted to find things I didn't like about this book as I've been on such a great run of awesome reads recently and sometimes I get self conscious of giving so many books in a row a high rating but WHATEVER I loved it and that's it I ain't gonna apologise for picking such great reads or in this instance for Abbie picking a great read for me 5 stars

  2. Julie Julie says:

    You know that saying “the world is your oyster?”Well there are at least two things wrong with it 1 As long as you believe the world is your oyster you will suffer perpetually and 2 We would all be better off as a society if we would learn this saying instead “The world is not your vagina”Let's say it together friends The world is not your vaginaYou see vaginas hold a great allure to heterosexual men They are to the average hetero man what the holy grail was to the crusaders a small elusive sacred treasure where men believe prayers may be answeredMost men will do almost anything to get close to a vagina They'll flatter the owner of the vagina fill the belly near the vagina with extravagant food and wine even tell the vagina itself that it's the prettiest of the all of the vaginas Sometimes they'll even dance before itWhich is exactly what Joe St George did in 1945 to the young Dolores Claiborne Danced close to her at the senior prom filled her ears with words of love and praise flirted delicately with her and repeatedly initiated foreplay until she finally surrendered her vagina to their mutual passionBefore either of them knew it she was pregnant and even though Dolores knew by then that Joe was a total dud it was 1945 and her only real option was marriage Marriage to a dud who rarely worked at anything than making babies Then three children and two full time jobs for Dolores later Joe reaches out one day to grab Dolores's breast and shaking it concludes “floppy and flat as a pancake Your cunt's even worse Christ you ain't thirty five yet and fuckin you's like fuckin a mudpuddle” Fuckin you's like fuckin a mudpuddle ?Wow I never wanted a protagonist to kill her fictional husband I wanted her to kill him so badly I couldn't wait to find out how she did it This is no spoiler alert by the way We know from the very first pages that Dolores is out to prove she did not kill her employer Vera Donovan and in doing so confesses to the murder some 30 years prior of her husbandTurns out Dolores's “mudpuddle” of a vagina didn't please husband Joe any longer and some men have a very very bad habit of seeking out newer tighter vaginas sometimes even the vaginas of daughters nieces neighbor girls and Some men just really need to die folks and I can't imagine too many female readers thinking that Joe St George isn't one of them By the way Mr King created such a clever twist here giving this slothful ball of slime a name that connotes valor and honor yet giving Dolores a name that is literal in its meaningThis novel is far from perfect It suffers occasionally from sloppy plot points and an inconsistent struggle with Dolores's “Voice” but man oh man did it get to meDolores's drudgery her task of waking up and showing up every day with not one expression of tenderness comfort or joy or one damned vacation in her environment is a testament to the human determination to liveThere's also a running motif here of women being “bitches that I both struggled with and was intrigued by I wasn't surprised that Vera and Dolores are referred to as “bitches” and “cunts” by the other islanders but they often refer to themselves as bitches too Vera cleverly explaining this to Dolores by telling her that “Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto”Funny I didn't view either woman as a “bitch” or a murderessI viewed them both as survivorsWe owners of vaginas need to remember that we are the keepers of the light and the vessels for new life Only worthy crusaders should be allowed to plea their cases and to all women reading this review MAKE ALL MEN PROVE THEMSELVES WORTHY TO BE WITH SOMEONE AS PRECIOUS AS YOU

  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I have enjoyed many Stephen King books but this one has to be one of the very best Firstly the fact that the whole book was one continuous monologue no chapter breaks no alternative points of view just Dolores Claiborne telling her tale and confessing her failures Then the two main characters Dolores herself and Vera both self proclaimed bitches and both wonderfully fascinating people So goodOf course without chapters the temptation is to keep reading and just be late for everything you should really be doing Especially towards the end when you really want to know what is going to happen to Dolores There's a great epilogue which rounds everything off I really really liked this one If you enjoy King and haven't read Dolores Claiborne yet I recommend you give it a try

  4. Trudi Trudi says:

    Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to Dolores Claiborne Meet Dolores Claiborne island woman mother of three murderess and overall high riding bitch And I love her She is strength and smarts and dignity personified and in my opinion one of the most vivid and memorable literary creations ever to walk the pages of any book I don't say that lightly Yes I'm a fan yes I'm gushing but this is also a tempered critical evaluation after living with her existence these many years She has stood the test of time and I have no doubt she will continue to do so long after her creator has passed Arguably one of Stephen King's most underrated and dismissed works Dolores Claiborne remains for me one of his best and most literary novels The first person narrative voice is brilliantly executed the island dialect ringing true the rhythm of the language making the sense of place so vibrant and tangible The reading experience is only enhanced by the audio version which I highly recommendBringing nothing but his A game King delves into the life of a poor uneducated island woman who marries young and gets to repent in leisure I love this story so much because not only does it capture small town life and a woman's place in it but also the unshakeable bonds of friendship that can be forged like steel between women and the ferocious love a mother feels for her children In her awesome review Catie puts it this way This book is a powerful and naked look at mother love at how desperate intense and all consuming it really isBut mainly this is the story of an unlikely alliance between two hard talkin’ high riding bitches; two women from very different walks of life who find that they have a similar core of bitter strength At its heart this is a book about a desperate woman who is driven to a very desperate act It is a crime novel built around a detailed confession that's so urgent so immediate the story sucks you in like uicksand and does not want to let go This is not a horror novel but there are a few moments of unadulterated suspense and terror that had my heart jack rabbiting in my chest view spoilerWhen Dolores returns to the well and Joe has nearly succeeded in climbing out and grabs her ankle I just about screamed and threw the book across the room When you have to do such a dirty deed you want it to happen as fast and clean as possible It could not have turned out ugly and terrifying for Dolores and is it any wonder she imagines Joe's face grinning out at her from behind the wheels of Vera's wheelchair on the day of Vera's death? hide spoiler

  5. Ginger Ginger says:

    Wow I enjoyed Dolores Claiborne then I thought I wouldDolores Claiborne is not a horror book like Stephen King would typically do It feels like a psychological thriller and is character driven with touches of anxiety evil and humor thrown in the mixIt's written in 1st person with no chapters or breaks in the book Dolores Claiborne's voice is strong and believable in everything that happens in her life The plot feels raw dark and sad at timesI just loved reading the parts when Dolores and Vera would engage and battle with each other They both have distinctive voices and are the type of characters that you'll remember years from nowI definitely recommend this if your not much of a horror fan but love thrillers And if you like horror I still think you'll like this There are moments of dread in this book that any horror lover would eat up

  6. Zoeytron Zoeytron says:

    An old woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs  Her longtime housekeeper is brought in for uestioning  Peppery and profane 65 year old Dolores Claiborne gives her statement and it is a lengthy one  She lays it all on the line dirty laundry included  This is not the first fatality that has thrown suspicion on DoloresFor readers who despise short chapters in their novels try this one on for size  There are no chapter breaks and none are needed  The vernacular in which it is delivered is fantastic  I had forgotten just how good this is

  7. Bradley Bradley says:

    Fascinating story and such a strong voice Since this story is pretty much an obvious one centered on what appears to be a solid who done it it's just the devil in the details where we have to place all our attentionWill this be a rubbernecking event? Or is an obviously guilty woman obviously and truly guilty with the crime she is being accused of?Truly the story is a lot complex and interesting than any first glance and than anything we're meant to get in deep within Dolores's skin Classic SK not supernatural but absolutely an awesome character slideIs that the sound of a vacuum cleaner? lol I'm such a bitch

  8. Diane Diane says:

    An accident is sometimes an unhappy woman's best friendFive stars for Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne I've been slowly working my way through King's catalog and I picked up Dolores because 1 I had liked the 1995 movie version starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh and 2 the story features a total solar eclipse which we just experienced last year However I was unprepared for how marvelous the dialogue was how sharp witted the character of Dolores would be and how thrilling the beats of the novel were even though I vaguely recalled the movie plot I uickly got so absorbed in the book that I abandoned my other plans for the day and just kept reading And reading And stayed up past my bedtime anxious to get to the endOne of the things I most appreciated in this book was how well King had written the female characters especially Dolores and Vera The women had strength They had verve They were fully formed people with their own minds They were interesting to read aboutA few months ago I read novels by three bestselling male authors Harlan Coben John Grisham and John le Carré Reading their books in close succession I was struck by how stereotypically some of the women had been written portrayed as weaklings often breaking down crying and hiding in a corner while the MEN stomped off to solve problems When the women weren't crying the men were noticing how their asses moved when they walked or fantasizing about screwing them Or the men were irritated with the women's nagging complaining about their moods and neuroses or how the women just got in the way while REAL WORK needed to be done I was irritated when I noticed this Truly irritated and disgusted Granted the le Carré book had been written in the 1960s but the Coben and Grisham novels were 2017 publications Come on guys Let's push beyond the Mad Men era and give women to do than strut around in tight pants and weep in the cornerWhile chatting about these gender stereotypes in novels one friend said he thought Stephen King wrote women fairly well And he was right Dolores Claiborne revived my faith in male writers I'll keep reading King's books but I may take a break from the other guysNotesI just watched the movie version for the first time in 20 years and it holds up well What was interesting to me is how differently the book tells the same story compared to the screenplay In the novel Dolores tells her story in a long confessional conversation to investigators so it's all her voice and perspective In the movie the screen writers brought in the character of the daughter Selena which added another dimension and perspective to the story This is why I love comparing source material to the movie adaptation — it's fascinating to see how the writers approach the story in different waysI want to clarify that I am not condemning every book or female character that Grisham Coben have written The two novels I read last fall that included some irritating stereotypes were Coben's Don't Let Go and Grisham's The Rooster Bar In both cases the women that felt like caricatures weren't the main characters but there were several scenes that made me cringe Both of those men publish a lot of books and I've read other novels by them that included women who were portrayed with complexity It's possible that the writers were pushing a deadline and the easiest thing to do was fall back on silly stereotypes rather than create a nuanced character The experience has made me pay closer attention to how male authors write about womenFavorite uotesI understood something else too — that one kiss didn't change a thing Anyone can give a kiss after all; a kiss was how Judas Iscariot showed the Romans which one was Jesus In those days I still believed the love of a man for a woman and a woman for a man was stronger than the love of drinkin and hell raisin — that love would eventually rise to the top like cream in a bottle of milk I learned better over the next ten years The world’s a sorry schoolroom sometimes ain’t it? He was a coward at heart you see although I never said the word out loud to him — not then and not ever Doing that's about the most dangerous thing a person can do I think because a coward is afraid of being discovered than he is of anything else even dying Sometimes you have to be a high riding bitch to survive Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to

  9. Agnieszka Agnieszka says:

    I’m not an ardent fan od Stephen King but Dolores Claiborne felt pretty good to me I’ve read only three his works earlier just to see what people see in him and have to say I liked him the most in his psychological version Because despite the opinion of being horror writer he is uite good observer of life not specially prophetic revealing or something just good Also he seems to have an eye to render uite an atmosphere of time and place he describes And to me picture of reality even if distorted an unspecified sense of growing horror heightened additionally by carefully chosen setting whether it was a desolated after the season hotel or solitary house on the island or just amusement park are enough to maintain the suspense and keep me interested Don't get me wrong I don't mind some supernatural elements now and then but I don’t need any zombiesvampires company thing Novel is written in a form of monologue of title protagonist Oh my Dolores is a fast talker indeed She goes to police station because after the death of Vera Donovan her former employer lately a demented person under her care she seems to be a natural suspect And so begins confession from her life And she definitely has something to talk about She throws words like a machine gun she's aggravatingly digressive at times but the language she speaks sounds very real sometimes she's full of understanding and compassion then again frustrated and on the verge of committing a murder at least verbally Her talk is chaotic the events of the last days are intertwined with facts from several decades ago She tells us about that old witch Vera to go smoothly to her own marriage And all this in almost one breathI don’t know King’s style and writing techniue that much but I think that kind of narration is not usual to him But it worked for me To give the floor Dolores and let her pour out her heart and anger and fear The picture that emerges from that talking is not the pretty one Dolores had such a lousy life And reading I truly was curious how she managed to not drownd in unfriendly world I didn’t give a damn that she killed that despicable dick her husband was it's barely a spoiler Dolores admits that in her first words I was interested how she managed to get off lightly I wanted to know how she negotiated with children aftermath I was interested in her relatationship with Vera Donovan for before the latter turned into demented harpy she was well a harpy but a very smart and her mind was razor sharp but her life wasn't a barrel of laughs eitherI found figure of Dolores well written neither too exaggerated nor inept poor thing The real woman flesh and blood always set to jump down somebody’s throat and fight anyone who wants to hurt her children And I think that this is the strength of this book I do not believe in vampires or other creatures but evil and bad people is a completely different thing For even at the moment I am writing these words somewhere there is a villain that hurts a child All in all I found this one a very decent reading and uite successful appointment with the author that is rather not my cup of tea355

  10. Ilana Ilana says:

    45 StarsNow I've finally read it I'm surprised it took me so long to get to this book In fact the title has always felt so familiar that I was half convinced I'd either read the novel or seen the movie before although that was not the case True enough Kathy Bates played the lead role of Dolores and Jennifer Jason Leigh played her daughter and I remember there had been some fanfare around the release of the movie in the mid 90s released in 1995 and both actresses were very familiar to me but no I hadn't seen the movie somehow And now I've read the thing and know what the story is about and considering what I've been going through in my most disturbing and all too freuent moments of recurring PTSD episodes in the last few years I see there is indeed a strange connection there I should backtrack a little I want to keep this as brief as I can and I don't want to delve deep into personal matters here Plenty enough has been said about this 1992 novel by now but I'll give my version of it Dolores is a housekeeper who has worked for a very wealthy woman called Vera Donovan and was eventually promoted as her personal companion when Vera became incontinent with age That is since the day before the story begins in the book Now Dolores has been accused of Vera Donovan's murder Vera has been found half tumbled down the stairs in her grand mansion of a house all broken up dead and things look very much like Dolores is guilty of murder with an eye witness putting her right over the body with a rolling pin nearby The book is told in a monologue as Dolores is taken into the police station and decides she must come clean of an old crime to prove she is innocent of this recent death She goes all the way back to her teenage years when she met her husband in high school and their early courtship she liked how smooth his forehead was—in retrospect that was the only thing she found appealing about him how after they'd married and had a child she came to work for Mrs Donovan when she was pregnant with her daughter Selena The crux of the action takes place on the 20th of July 1963 the day when there was a total solar eclipse which is when she planned and executed the murder of her abusive alcoholic husband by luring him to falling into a disused old well But that is only a small part of the overall story which is her narrative about working for Vera Donovan who was dedicated to being a bitch—“Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to” and her description of her husband Joe and what drove her to her decision to kill him and how her employer and the eclipse all fit together into this puzzle Stephen King has always impressed me as a writer I may not have read that many of his titles but I've been reading him since I was a teenager with a title here and there and gaps of many years between books I haven't delved much into the real horror stuff I read Carrie as a teenager but otherwise I've tended to prefer his psychological dramas which I think everyone will agree is his great strength in all his books But he introduced a terribly intriguing element in this story that was mentioned a couple of times and then left floating with no follow up at all Dolores has a clear vision of a girl who has suffered abuse and is certain the girl exists in real life somewhere But the subject is dropped and never mentioned again It made me wonder Is this meant as just a strange recurring interlude a sideshow? Is this something he does often? Was it simply a flaw in this one book? Is it an idea he meant to develop further in a follow up to Dolores Claiborne that didn't make it past the first draft? I mention it here because that is the one thing that keeps this book from being a five star experience for me because the lack of development felt like something that had been forgotten and unfinished than anything else while in every other way the novel is a memorable experience and touches on subjects I am very much attuned to and have personal experience with Such as about the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect her children from a bad father About the estrangement that sometimes follows About various forms of abuse About ghosts which are basically projections of our worst fears which we somehow manage to give real dimension to mostly from sheer terror which must become concentrated bundles of energy perhaps because projected from our broken psyches Stephen King understand so much about human beings He writes about people in Maine and their way of life almost exclusively yet his stories are universal somehow He writes with emotional intelligence and when he gets a good story going even if it's coming from a single voice sitting in a police station delivering one practically uninterrupted monologue you can't do anything but pay attention and lay awake missing out on sleep if you need to just so you can reach the end because how are you going to possibly put this down and catch any z's if you keep wondering what happens next? The audiobook version was great The narrator is very convincing as Dolores Almost five stars By a hair Just that unfinished business It'll just keep niggling at me If anyone has ideas about it please PM me

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