First Lines: Revival

Revival is another of Stephen King’s more character driven novels. You have your six-year old protagonist, who grows up to be a burned-out, heroin-addicted rhythm guitarist, who keeps running into this guy that keeps changing his life. And this guy–a priest who once lost everything, including his faith in God–is the agent of change, the “fifth business” as King calls it. The one who makes sure that “something happened.” Throw in some Frankenstein and H.P. Lovecraft, and there you go.

If you have read as much King as I did, Revival won’t surprise you much: all the themes have been explored before; the main characters are very fine; and the ending … Oh well, whatever. Never mind.

Book read
Stephen King – Revival
First line
In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies.