Pet Sematary

ISBN: 8882743527
ISBN 13: 9788882743529
By: Stephen King Hilia Brinis

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In una limpida giornata di fine estate, la famiglia Creed si trasferisce in un tranquillo sobborgo residenziale di una cittadina del Maine. Non lontano dalla loro casa, al centro di una radura, sorge Pet Sematary, il cimitero dei cuccioli, un luogo dove i ragazzi del circondario, secondo un'antica consuetudine, usano seppellire i propri animaletti. Ma ben presto la serena esistenza dei Creed viene sconvolta da una serie di episodi inquietanti e dall'improvviso ridestarsi di forze oscure e malefiche.

Reader's Thoughts

Luz Ibarra

This book scared me. Really scared me. There are a couple of Stephen King books that really freak me out to where I can't even read them at night. This is one of them. And yet, I could not stop reading. It was suspenseful and truly frightening in some sections. But I could sympathize with the character's desire to have the pets, and later on the humans, that they've lost come back to them. Although, they soon found out that these pets and people died for a reason and that having them back was not necessarily a good thing.

John Wiswell

Deep through the woods, beyond where children bury their pets, is a second graveyard where those buried will rise. It's something Louis Creed wouldn't have believed if not for following a friend there half-drunk the night his daughter's cat was run over. The cat returned to their property before his daughter even knew he'd died, though she complained that he smelled odd, and Louis noticed how the cat stalked the members of his household. Any worries, though, shrank away when a member of his family died suddenly, and Louis was left with the prospect of seeing them again.That's the premise and promise of Pet Sematary, but it's not why I gobbled the book so quickly. It is overwhelmingly a novel about a flawed father stewarding his family, settling into a new house with a baby boy, young daughter and wife. The opening scene made Louis so unlikable, being irritable with his wife after the long drive, and fantasizing about hitting his daughter for nagging too much. I might have resented the entire book if Jud hadn't showed up, the man that the novel breaks continuity to say should have been his father. Jud is salt of the earth, and visiting his new neighbors, disarms Louis and brings out his gentle side. It's the first taste of how Louis is changed by the people around him, here from someone detestable into someone lovable, and later from someone bereft into someone compassionate, or someone distraught into rage. He has his personality, but it's the people around him that make him who we'll remember. It's in the feud with his father-in-law who once tried to bribe him into leaving his wife, and in the subtle power struggles with his wife. I'll be haunted for a while by Louis's realization that she only ever said, "I'm sorry for being a bitch" after getting her way.Louis is a doctor and works at a local college. He believes death is just natural, something easy for us all to think until we have to deal with it. He views his wife as irrational over her fear of it even being mentioned around the kids, setting up the dramatic irony as to how much losing one of them devastates him. In this way he's a modern Victor Frankenstein, going entirely on instinct, presuming he's doing the best while we know he'll probably bring evil back from the grave. It's his grief, it's his vision, and it's whatever forces he can tap.Reading the novel was partially overshadowed by its film adaptation. At this point, it's hard not to know who dies and what they do when they return. It's then surprising to read so much of the novel being about family life, and the first death being an accident on campus that only affects us so much. The slaughter you might envision is strictly in the last fifty pages. The bulk is about that family life, those tensions going on as Louis thinks about the bizarre cemetery tucked into the woods. It reminds me of my high school belief that King wasn't a Horror writer, but a general writer who had supernatural things in his fiction.It's a prototypical Stephen King supernatural novel, profoundly devoted to internal life and character with the otherworldly elements existing above and beyond them. The graveyard doesn't care that we're here, and may have malicious intent for us, but we'll never know because it will never level with us, and Louis is too preoccupied with his family, career, hopes and eventual tragedies, to investigate it rationally. That the unknowable forces see us as toys is something that exists from Salem's Lot and The Shining all the way to his post-Dark Tower work, and is more a theme of the shared universe than Randall Flag or The Beam. It's creepy because it doesn't upstage the Creed family, but corrupts what they're going through for purposes it won't share, and that you may only get a glimpse of between the last chapter and the epilogue.

Lee

I saw this on my shelf, tool a peek at when it came out. So, for the 30th anniverary, I thought I'd re-read it. Been that long since I read it. And, it's still a creepy story. Now being a dad and a grandpa, the part where their son Gage died.....was gut-wrenching. The way King described it and what it did to the family. Made me look at it differently, then when I read it back in my 20's...that's for sure.I even caught myself, giving our cat an extra look, one night:)(hey-ho let's go)

John

I was reminded of King’s novel by – of all things! – a clip from the 1980 episode of The Muppet Show, featuring Linda Ronstadt. One of the sketches in the show had Rowlf the dog singing: ‘The Cat Came Back’, updated from the song by Harry S. Miller, originally written in 1893. The Muppet version’s a hilarious sketch and hearing the following lyrics from the chorus prompted me to re-read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary:But the cat came backShe wouldn’t stay awayShe was sitting on the porchThe very next dayThe cat came backShe didn’t want to roamThe very next dayIt was home sweet home.Yep! A nostalgia trip back through Muppetville brought me back to King’s creepy classic for the second time! As a double-whammy, the song is also mentioned in the course of the story. In Pet Sematary, Doctor Louise Creed and his wife, Rachel, fall in love with their new home in Maine. They have two children: daughter, Ellie, and son, Gage, who is still a toddler. They also have a cat, Church (named after Winston Churchill). The location of their home is not without its drawbacks: there is a wide road with trucks that thunder back and forth across it at every hour. Their elderly neighbor, the wise and friendly Jud Crandall, saves Gage from wandering into the road before they have even set foot into the house. After Ellie spots the narrow footpath leading into the woods, Jud senses their curiosity and takes them on a guided tour. It’s a long trek that snakes right into the heart of the woods and leads them to a place, created and maintained by children over many generations, called the Pet Sematary. Rachel is immediately spooked by the place as it triggers her phobia of death, relating to the tragedy of her deformed sister, Zelda, a victim of Spinal Meningitis. Ellie is fascinated by the grave markers and Jud explains that cemeteries are places of remembering, where the dead rest and the markers speak. Rachel takes the children to see her folks, but Louis declines the trip because of tensions between him and the in-laws. While the family are away, Church is found dead on Jud’s front lawn, presumably another road-kill victim. Jud leads Louis past the Pet Sematary, to an ancient Micmac burial ground and instructs him to bury the cat there. Afterwards, he urges Louis to keep the incident a secret. The next day, the cat is back, but its nature is markedly different. Tragedy soon strikes again and this time Gage is killed by a speeding truck. Will Louis’ grief drive him to the burial ground again? I first read this novel in 1983, when I was 15. The ending made the hairs rise up on the nape of my neck and the story stayed with me ever since. It was a treat to read it again after so many years.The characters are rich and there are some brilliantly described passages, particularly the long trek through the woods, where the loons howl in the distance. There are also lines of narrative and dialogue in both the book and faithful 1989 movie adaptation that resonate in the memory: ‘Each buries his own … The soil of a man’s heart is stonier … A man grows what he can and tends it … What you buy is what you own … And what you own, always comes home to you.’This is one of King’s best stories about tragedy, loss, bereavement, and the high price that can come from giving in to temptation.Don’t be tempted to mess with burial grounds – Micmac or otherwise. As Jud Crandall warns: “What you put up there, isn’t what comes back. Sometimes, dead is better.”Stephen King sets the tone for this story brilliantly from the beginning: Death is a mystery and burial a secret.Pet Sematary is an eerie, morbid pleasure.Here’s to your bones!

Ana

Creepy. If there is one word that universally describes all of King's books, that would be "creepy". (view spoiler)[ The ending is just.. I'm currently afraid to turn my back to a door, and as soon as I feel the smell of earth or grass, I get all spooked out. That's me. Faint of heart. (hide spoiler)]It's a very powerful story, and this must be one of his really well written books, beacuse I felt it was much more compact than other of his books. Don't get me wrong, SK is my favourite author ever, but I still get to notice the differences between his works. Yes, this is going somewhere on a back shelve, so I can't see it often and hopefully forget about the gruesome details in it. Hopefully. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

Michael Lawrence

Another one of my all time favorite King Books and again, one that it's movie counterpart does no justice. And that is saying a lot because I actually like Pet Sematary the movie quite a bit.But like all or most of King's books, the film's cannot capture King's detail. I remember one part of the book when the father is going into the cemetary. The police arrive and he is hiding in a tree. His grip is weakening and he looks below only to see the pointed fence tops waiting to pierce his testicles if he falls. The cops linger. He is slipping. thinking about the pain that will occur let alone his fear of being caught. Etc.In the movie.. he drives up, gets out of his car and walks right through the gate. Nothing suspenseful at all about it. consider the book is and has to be stripped of most of that to fit into a 1.5 hour window and you see why his books are poorly captured on the silver screen.So even if you like Pet Semetary the movie. Read this. Its great!

Brad

***WARNING: This review contains a potential spoiler in terms of plot and character. Read at your peril.***I wish I could say that I tried harder to get through Pet Semetary before giving it up, that I carried it with me, that I read it in those stolen moments of banality, which I do with most books, but the fact is I didn't. And that says much about why I've decided to put it down unfinished. It's not that the story is a bad idea. Stephen King's story of the Creed family -- new to Maine and a life near Bangor -- is pretty clever and has enough going on that it should be interesting. They move in, they argue about how to explain death to their children, their cat dies and is born again with a mean streak, then their (thanks, Kelly ;)) son Gage dies and all hell breaks loose. It should be creepy (I remember the movie being creepy when I was young), and it probably would be if I could go on, but I just don't care. When I am reading it I enjoy it well enough (it has been my walking home from jogging book), but once I put it down I don't really want to go back. I'm not sure why, although I think it might be have something to do with it just not frightening me. Indeed, nothing by King frightens me...ever...!and when I am reading a horror I want more than creepy and readable, I want freaky-to-the-core, make-it-hard-to-sleep-late-at-night, compel-me-to-keep-going-in-spite-of-myself scary. And King never seems to do that. So...with another whimper ends my third attempt at reading King. I am sure I will try again a few years from now (something always pulls me back), but after book one of The Dark Tower underwhelmed me and Pet Semetary went onto my unfinished shelf, I realized it was time to concede my indifference and move on once again. Sorry King fans (especially you Helen)...he's just not my bag.

Leslie

This was my first Stephen king novel. I’ve seen some of his movie adaptations, and tv specials but never read a book. I remember hearing about him growing up, and seeing his books in the library and thinking those are the scary books for the big kids. Since I had no desire to be scared I always kept away. Pet Sematary is a book that slowly builds up to reveal all it’s secrets, and when it does your left creeped out and disturbed. What lies beyond the Pet Sematery behind the Creed family home, has ability to bring back what was once dead. Finding a way to bring back a loved one ,whether a pet or family member would be the answer to many prayers, but when they don’t come back like they left it can be a big problem. The place behind the pet sematary holds a certain power, and one by one the Creed family is torn apart by its pull.This book was insane. At first I thought it wasn’t too bad, not too scary. Not until you get literally to the last 20 pages, and shit hits the fan. It was horrible, it was sad it was depressing. It was scary , it was amazing. I read the last couple of pages in a rush. I couldn’t read fast enough and had to find out what happened to this nice family. I don't know if I can ever read another Stephen King novel , that ending stressed me out. Every noise outside of my house , my darkened hallway,everything scared the crap out of me during the last bit. I will not sleep well tonight. Well done Stephen King.

Marvin

I seem to be alone in this, but I rank Pet Sematary up with Salem's Lot and The Shining as one of King's greatest novels. In the sense of pure horror, it is one of his scariest but also one of his most serious. It is as much as a treatise on death and grieving as it is a horror novel. King outdoes himself in the area of riveting terror and self-reflective thoughts on sorrow. It's a beautiful balancing act and, in my opinion, the one King novel you should not read just for entertainment reasons. Also, if any book needs the warning, "Don't read before bedtime", this is it.

Marko Rančić

Pet Sematary (Groblje kućnih ljubimaca) je jedan od najstrašnijih romana Stivena Kinga. To je knjiga koja nam dolazi iz samog ponora pakla. U njoj je Stiven opisao najintenzivniji ljudski bol, gubitak rodjenog deteta. Knjiga koja ima zastrašujući završetak i koju treba čitati sa krajnjim oprezom. Kao i sve njegove knjige, i ova uključuje seriju neprirodnih pojava, ali i veoma realne i stvarne životne slike. Kada se spoje ta dva elementa dobije se morbidan, snažan i emotivno napet roman. Sam Stiven King je jednom prilikom izjavio da je to njegova najstrašnija knjiga i da možda nikada nije ni trebala da bude napisana. Njegova žena Tabita, kada je pročitala roman, rekla mu je da je po prvi put preterao.Ipak, ovaj biser američke i svetske književnosti treba pročitati i nema sumnje da je ovo jedna prava poslastica za sve ljubitelje najboljeg horor pisca na svetu.

Blanca Rodriguez

** spoiler alert ** Here we are again my friends, back in known territory. I was thirteen or fourteen when I began reading Pet Sematary. Can't quite recall why I put it down, though a vague recollection of being bogged down with loads of homework, resurfaces. Now, I'm thirty-seven and in grad school, but homework didn't stop me this time!Vintage King, is like going to a shop, finding a beautiful dress and being shocked that it fits and somehow, on sale. It is an unexpected delight and beginning to end, the whole process is just perfect. I continue my literary affair with Stephen King, but those more modern books that I love as much as the vintage stuff are few and far between. I think that he is a man that tapped into the collective nightmares of a time and drew from the well so much, that he almost dried it out. Every once in a while, he will revisit and draw again, finding the water and refreshing all of our thirsts for things that go bump in the night.My favorite thing about him is his ability to spook the hell out of me with just a setting. I'm not sure how to best articulate it, but he is the master of the land. He can pick up the energies of a place and write about them so beautifully, that you swear that you're there. It is like he is the worlds best known tree hugger but rather than trees, it is the landscape that he is in tuned with. We saw this with The Shining and it's sequel. In the short story N, he taps into that cosmic energy and unleashes it. Revisiting Pet Sematary was fantastic because I could see all of it so clear in my head. Though we do have the villain, I love that the real villain is the land itself and the reach it holds over the people that listen to its siren call.If you haven't picked it up, I suggest you do. King was in full command at the wheel and was speeding along the road like the truck that killed Gage.

Tom O’Connell

Talk about falling off the deep end. This book, as with a discouraging handful of other King novels, begins with such promise, engrossing the reader with the kind of three dimensional characters King does best, but somewhere around the middle hits a slump, and meanders its way to a predictable conclusion. Frustrating is the best way to put it.The plot dabbles in the weighty subject matters of obsession, loss, grief, and the skin-crawling act of reanimation. The Creed family (Doctor Lewis, Wife Rachel, and two children Ellie and Gage) move to backwater Ludlow, a small town in Maine with very little of note going for it. It's a halfway point on a main road, frequented only by huge trucks on shipping runs.Lewis Creed strikes up a friendship with neighbour Jud, a local old-timer whom is as much a fixture to the town as the highway that runs through it. Jud tells Lewis of a makeshift cemetery just a short bush walk from the Creed's new home. Apparently generations of residents have used this ground to bury their beloved pets, and, in an eerie way, it has built something of a community ritual.As you would expect the cemetery is more than it seems, and soon Lewis learns the alarming truth; the Pet Semetary in question is just a front for an actual Indian burial ground, a spiritual place with deep historical roots. Burying your pet here is said to bring about reincarnation - not something to dabble in.After some time the Creed family are summoned interstate by their Rachel's parents. Lewis can't attend due to work commitments, so he's left home alone to tend to the family cat, Church. Church meets an unfortunate end and Lewis is faced with the insurmountable task of telling his daughter Ellie (who ADORES this cat).The premise is one hell of a hook, and King has some serious subject matter to sink his teeth into. He really gets inside his characters' heads, particularly compelling are Lewis and Rachel (Rachel, as luck would have it, has a fear of death that dates back to her childhood), and its a real pleasure to see the intricacies of their marriage. Lewis is a solid protagonist. He's an everyman; a great husband and father, and (being a doctor) quite logically motivated. You warm to him early on, and this makes his journey all the more frustrating when his character starts behaving irrationally (out-and-out whacky would be a better way to put it).When Church comes back from the dead he's a little bit off in a way no one can quite put a finger on. He's a little sluggish, permanently smells of the earth he was buried in, and, for want of a better description, is without a soul. The prospect of a reanimated cat, perhaps infused with a sinister Indian spirit, provides some great tension early on, but nothing really comes of it. The cover and overall concept may have you believe that some truly terrifying scenes are instore. I mean, a killer zombie cat that perfectly resembles your beloved family pet would make for a pretty creepy monster, but this whole concept is vastly unexplored and under utilised. All we get is a slow, dim-witted cat that lumbers around looking eerie, but not really harming anyone.It's this blatant defect that forms the crux of my problems with this book, but its made worse by the sluggish pace of the action. It takes three quarters of the book for all the (obvious) set-pieces to come together. You know the Pet Cemetary will cause some major complications, yet for the first half of the book its damn near unmentioned, and instead the reader becomes bogged down in some family dramas that, while interesting enough, eventually add squat to the overall narrative.The pinnacle of the book comes from the freak death of one of Lewis's young children. It's a tragic turn, but unfortunately completely predictable. Suddenly Doctor Lewis Creed, Mr Reasonable, becomes overcome by grief. He is cautioned by neighbour Jud about the dangers of the Pet Semetary, and learns, by an insightful campfire story, that there had been a single case of a human burial at the Pet Semetary. The deceased came back to life, but something has horribly wrong. He was not the same person that died. He was vacant. Evil.Lewis, in his confused state, gets the idea in his head that he can bring back his deceased child for the second chance they deserve. A sizeable portion of the novel's conclusion details Lewis's inner monologue as he climbs his way up to the Indian burial grounds, corpse in tow. He KNOWS it isn't the answer. He openly admits that he's clinging at empty hope, and that whatever creature that comes from the ground will not be his child, no matter the resemblance. He knows it's going to cause nothing but grief and heartache, and that he will not only set back any chance the remaining family has of moving on with their lives, but also place them in very real danger. This conclusion alone brought it down a star for me. The bloodshed that ensues is frustrating, because it was all so preventable. King spent so much of the novel (which, its worth noting, is quite dense. Somewhere in the 500 page region) fleshing out these characters with rich personalities and relationships, only to have it thrown to the wind in the last seventy pages.I don't care how strong one's grief is, it is not enough to cause a completely reasonable, logical man to act like a brainless dope. The fact that he was even AWARE of what a dope he was being just adds insult to injury. God awful ending, and this is coming from someone who defends and understands Cujo's macabre ending.Read 'The Shining' instead.

Kathy

This was my first Stephen King book! I read it when I was 15 years old....let's just say a long time ago. lol. I loved it and I remember it scaring me to death. I'm long overdue for a reread, so we will see if it stands the test of time.....does it still deserve my 5 stars???Yes, it's still 5 stars in my book!! I thoroughly enjoyed it all over again. Stephen King builds things up, starting with this average family that you get to know and really begin to care for. Even knowing what happens to them in the long run, I was creeped out. I had forgotten all the wonderfully creepy little details, and loved rediscovering them! For me, this definitely withstood the test of time!

Richard Vialet

"Sometimes dead is better." One night in 2010, I was visiting my then long-distance fiancé in Alexandria, VA and could not sleep due to serious allergies and jetlag. So, as to not disturb her with my constant sneezing, I spent most of the long late night out in her living room and reading Stephen King's Pet Sematary, in the light of one dim table lamp. After reading the chapter where Louis first ventures onto the Native American burial ground on an eerie moonlit night, I closed the book and realized that I could confidently say that this was the scariest novel I had ever read.Although some of it might have been the fact that I was reading it in such a prime environment, that vividly written sequence is one of the only times I truly got chills when reading. Louis Creed has recently moved his family to a small town and everything seems great despite the fact that the local highway has so many instances of killing pets, there is an animal cemetery near their home for all the roadkill victims. It is also rumored that deeper in the woods past the cemetery is an ancient burial ground that has much creepier purposes.Aside from being well-plotted, creepy and evocative, the novel is scary because it taps into basic and primal fears that many families have. The novel is also melancholy and tragic. It goes to such depths of fear and sadness that King himself thinks it's his scariest novel and thought that he might have gone too far after writing it. And the final line of the novel (simple and inevitable but at the same time absolutely terrifying and depressing) sums up what makes this book so effective. It's a standout book out of many great ones from one of our best writers.

Ene Kallas

Miks neli peaaegu absoluutsele lemmikkirjanikule? Võibolla sellepärast, et ta ei saa kassidest aru (et kassid ongi pisikiskjad, mitte vaid nurruvad kaisuloomad), võibolla sellepärast, et raamatu esimeses osas polnud õudust suurt ollagi, ainult vihjed (see kassiasi ei olnud tõesti mitte kuidagi õudne, va ehk see laibalehk), võibolla ka sellepärast, et tõlge oli... kuiv? Ja võibolla ka sellepärast, et samanimeline film, lausa sama raamatu järgi tehtud linateos on mu isiklikus õudusfilmide edetabelis kui mitte esimesel, siis kindlasti teisel kohal.Jõudsin juba kahetseda, et ei proovinud välismaakeeles seda ette võtta. Aga kes teab, kas see raamat oleks sellest niipalju paremaks läinud. Ja KÕIGE ÖÖVASTAVAM RAAMAT? Viisakalt väljendudes: möhh? Kingil on kordi jubedamaid asju, piisab kui nimetada "Lisey lugu".

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