July 28, 2009

The Drawing of the Three

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, Book 2)Title : The Drawing of the Three
Author : Stephen King
Reading Dates : 27 July - 28 July 2009

Dark Tower Series. The Drawing of the Three is the second book in Stephen King's Dark Tower series released in 1987. The books in the series are as below :
  • The Gunslinger
  • The Drawing of the Three
  • The Waste Lands

  • Wizard and Glass
  • Wolves of the Calla
  • Song of Susannah
  • The Dark Tower
Summary of The Drawing of the Three. The Drawing of the Three starts less than 12 hours after the end of The Gunslinger. In it, as Roland travels along the Western Beach in Mid-World further north, he finds three doors, gateways to New York in our world at different times. At the first door, Roland finds himself in the mind of Eddie Dean, a heroine junkie in 1987. Roland, who is deathly ill after being bitten by lobster-like creatures in Mid-World, kidnaps Eddie to Mid-World. At the next door, Roland brings back a wheelchair-bound civil rights activitist, Odetta Holmes from the 1960s. But Odetta is more than she seems. Odetta has an alter-ego unknown even to herself, the hate-filled Detta Walker who is intent on doing no less than killing Roland and Eddie. In the third door, Roland walks in as Jack Mort is planning to kill a boy. Roland recognizes the boy as Jake, whom he had met earlier in The Gunslinger. Jake had ended up in Mid-World for a short time after dying under the wheels of a car in his world. Roland prevents Jack Mort from killing Jake thereby creating a paradox which would only be resolved in The Waste Lands. Roland chooses to end Jack Mort's life after using him to replenish his dwindling ammunition supplies and medicine he requires to heal himself. In the end, Roland successfully draws the final third of his ka-tet, Susannah Dean, an amalgam of Odetta Susannah Holmes' and Detta Susannah Walker's personalities.
My Reviews. There are many reasons why I enjoy this book best of all Stephen King's books I've read. The description of Roland's experiences in our world can be quite hilarious. The idea of the first penicillin robbery ever or his description of Jack Mort's mind as a Mortpedia was quite funny. Then, there is Roland's outrage when one of the police officers after Jack Mort fires his gun without regard of innocent bystanders. This coming from a man who is quite capable of mercilessly gunning down an entire town is strangely honourable. Roland might consciously choose to sacrifice innocents but he would not forget them. The only fault I found with the book was Odetta/Detta's introduction. Too long and garbled to be necessary for the story. But all in all, this remains my favourite among Stephen King's books.

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