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You saw his insanity in The Shining, now read Jack Torrance's novel
Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Friday, January 9, 2009
One of the creepiest moments in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining comes when the wife of Jack Nicholson's character (played by Shelley Duvall) discovers what her writer husband has been up to for all the time spent in their snowbound hotel: writing the same 10 words over and over and over again on hundreds of typewritten pages. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Guess what? Now you can read the book!
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy was "written" by Jack Torrance but edited by Phil Buehler. The book, which can be purchased on Blurb.com, runs 80 pages long so it's really more of a novella rather than a full-length novel. Here's how the book is described on the publisher's website:
"Jack Torrance's first novel, finally published after his untimely death at the Overlook Hotel. Dramatized in the Stephen King book, The Shining, as well as the film by Stanley Kubrick.
"All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy is nothing short of a complete rethinking of what a novel can and should be. It's true that, taken on its own, All Work is plotless. But like the best of Beckett, the lack of forward momentum is precisely the point. If it's nearly impossible to read, let us take a moment to consider how difficult it must have been to write. One is forced to consider the author, heroically pitting himself against the Sisyphusean sentence. It's that metatextual struggle of Man vs. Typewriter that gives this book its spellbinding power. Some will dismiss it as simplistic; that's like dismissing a Pollack canvas as mere splatters of paint."
Really, it's 80 pages of the same sentence typed thousands of times. If you don't believe me there's a 10 page preview of the book that you can check out here showing the madness as it appears on the page.
As the bio of Torrance states on the backside of the book jacket, the writer died at the Overlook Hotel so don't expect a sequel but that doesn't mean that the book can't get optioned by Hollywood, right? A softcover version of All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy will cost you $8.95 while a hardcover sets you back $22.95.