There are of course other variables and subplots which I mentioned earlier such as Billie's daughter, researchers trying to study his case and such. So that of course means that this novel is great! The first problem was with the pacing of the novel. She delightedly eats a piece, while Billy heads to bed, exhausted. One day, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street. Billy Halleck, an upscale attorney accidentally hits and kills an old gypsy woman in his car when she steps out from the sidewalk. There are of course other variables and subplots which I mentioned earlier such as Billie's daughter, researchers trying to study his case and such.
He didn't realize the fight he'd get, never crossed his mind that the man would live - gypsies never lift their curses, do they? Linda had been wearing her old madras shorts, which were now torn along one seam. I love you too, Lin. More than anything else it is a psychological study, exploring the lengths that a man's mind can go to alter what happens to his body. Or did This was an addicting and enjoyable book to read! This film is rated R. Unfortunately for Billy, an old gypsy man believes he is and puts a curse on him. It will make you turn the page, it will make you think and question your decisions, I don't know if it will scare you but you'll certainly remember it long after turning the last page. He has written a slim book about an ordinary man in an extraordinary condition rising above hatred and learning to live with tact and dignity.
Billy Halleck, good husband and loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American good life: He has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer. Lempke touches Billy's cheek and says 'thinner' after which Billy starts losing weight at an alarming rate. Now that I finally read it, I guess that the book deserve its review. If you don't know if you're a fan of Stephen King, you'll still probably love this book. Then, in a moment of carelessness, Halleck commits vehicular manslaughter when he strikes a jaywalking old woman crossing the street. Wracked with guilt, he prepares to eat the rest of the pie. The gypsys curse him and he begins to get thinner.
I had two main problems with it. Books that warrant an average rating are just that — average. And if you've never seen the film, believe me when I say, it's bad. Linda, his fourteen-year-old daughter, was just going out the door in a flirt of skirt and a flip of her ponytail, tied this morning with a sexy velvet ribbon. From now on he would pass on the palm-reading at parties and stick to the Ouija board.
Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. And desperate enough for one last gamble. Yes, we are talking about the one and only Stephen King. Apart from a few passages, I was really engaged with the story because of the writing and I thought the writing had quite an addictive quality to it. This is really a 3. I'm giving this book 3.
If you do, you might die, because you're wasting away from a Gypsy curse. Stephen King books sound so different from his normal ones. He was a big man. That makes me a little sad, too — I've enjoyed writing every review in m Truth be told, I've not looked forward to writing this review. I have often had a fantasy; wouldn't it be a great superpower to be able to curse those who persecute the unfortunate and at best neglect the rights and needs of the marginalized. King manages to address every negative stereotype associated with the Romani and the white middle class, without passing judgment on either side. Unfortunately, it gets much worse as he is left with a terrible curse set upon him by the deceased's father.
Her face was too pale. His waist size was forty-two now. Heidi, fearing the weight loss may be due to cancer, brings in Dr. King had a cameo role as Dr. This definitely was not King's or Bachman's best work, but the book still left a huge impact on me, and because of that, I had to give it five stars 4. The lie comes easily and convincingly. This isn't a bad read.
Richie vengefully brings a gun to the camp and personally begins opening fire on everything, then pushes Galina's husband, Gabe, out into the open to be accidentally shot and killed by his fellow gypsies. As he got more desperate, my reading became more frenzied because I just had to know what was going to happen. He needed payback and so he imposed continuing radical weight-loss upon the fat, rich, comfortable lawyer. It was quite creepy and as the story went on, it just got more and more horrifying but in a subtle way. Instead, the dad of the Gypsy woman curses Billy to get thinner.
Stephen King was at is best in the 70s and 80s. I'm no lawyer, and I don't know what he specific statutes would have been in Connecticut in 1987, but if Mrs. Every character except Ginelli and William felt like cardboard cutouts and they weren't fleshed out enough for me. Yeah, I know, she says glumly. The novel was adapted into a movie in 1996, and while it greatly simplifies the novel it carries most of the story thanks to great performances of Robert John Burke and Joe Mantegna-. None of the characters stood out to me really, but clearly that wasn't necessary in order to enjoy the story.
This novel can be somewhat difficult to read; I tried and failed when I was thirteen. The fingers that typed out the Bachman books might have been King's, but the one who sent words to the fingertips was old Richie. Ironically enough, the Bachman novel that 'feels' the most like King i. There was such a sense of foreboding in the air whenever they were around, especially Taduz Lemke, the gypsy that cursed Billy. So you have all three of these men being punished, but it seems as if Billy is the one that got off the lightest. He knows things that the rest of the world has forgotten. .