Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Joyland


Just finished King's latest novel "Joyland". The action takes place in a North Carolina (not Maine ;) amusement park. The story revolves around Devin, a student who takes a part-time summer job in Joyland. As he works there and starts finding out more about the history of the place, it turns out there are some dark secrets in the past.
The plot is rather straightforward but it still kept me interested enough to read the book. What I really liked however, was the description of the carnies and the whole subculture of people working in amusement parks. King uses their own idiolect to a great effect as it helps in identifying with the protagonist who enters this world as a complete outsider. To my mind that is the greatest strength of the book and I can easily recommend it. A short, but good read. 4/6

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