The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King
Published by Doubleday, 1990
I finally finished! It was long, but well worth the read.
So much going on in this book, but just so well written. It is a story of survival, of redemption and humanity. It is the fight between good and evil, both real and imagined. There really is so much to laud in this book- the characters, the pacing, the parallels with the Bible and the story itself.
Now, I assume that most people know what The Stand is about, but for those who are not familiar with it- a quick synopsis. A deadly disease is released into the world, a flu that wipes out quite a large percentage of the population. Those who survive must make the choice of whether to join Mother Abigail or go and join the dark man in the west. A choice between good and evil. A small band of those with Mother Abigail are chosen to make the final Stand against Randall Flagg and save humanity.
Definitely, the best book by King I have read. So happy I was finally able to read it. I was a little hesitant after being disappointed with the tv movie. This was so much better. I feel a remake is in need.