Thursday, May 6, 2004

Rose Madder by Stephen King

This is one of those Stephen King novels where he tries to weave fable-like symbols and elements into the main story, and this time does it with less confusion and unbelievability than some other attempts. Although we never quite understand who Rose Madder is and what she represents, the parallels between Norman and the bull, and his transformation into it, is well if not obviously done. I will admit, however, that I found Gert’s confrontation with Norman in the real world to be much more satisfying than Rose’s confrontation with him in the fable.

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