It has been one hell of a long journey, but after five long years, I finally finished Stephen King’s Duma Key. That doesn’t at all mean that it is a bad book, but rather shows my limited capacity for finishing tomes of text or reading in general.
The journey started back in 2011 when I purchased a copy of the Duma Key audio book from Audible.com. At the time I was running a company on my own and needed some sort of vocals (aside from music) in order to keep me sane. It would be a while before I had an employee to chat to.
The unabridged audio version of Duma Key ran for just over 21 hours and was narrated by John Slattery, who perfectly captured the voice of protagonist Edgar Freemantle. From the moment his voice drifted through my PC speakers, I was captivated. It was a tale I couldn’t wait to listen to each and every day, if only for a few minutes between dealing with customers and fighting with suppliers.
For the life of me, I cannot remember why I stopped listening, or where I was in the story. All the I remember was being less than a quarter the way through the tale. A year or two later, I tried it once more when I hired that first (and only) employee but stopped after realising he wasn’t keen on the tale.
Jumping ahead to 2014, I finally picked up a physical version of Duma Key from a friend. The well-looked after book was thick and heavy, weighing in at almost 700 pages. It was an adventure I was willing to take. Sure, I’d be starting the tale for the third time, but it was just too good a tale to pass up.
Unfortunately, life, as it does, got in the way. I sold (or lost) my company, went through my first bad employment in four years, was unemployed for a few months thereafter, and finally changed careers and became a journalist.
I picked up Duma Key once more in 2016 and read it on and off for a few months. Finally, while on Christmas holiday, I ploughed through the last 200 pages over the course of two days. I read that last sentence in the late afternoon on the first of January, 2017.
It was a long, hard road, but I finally finished Duma Key. A tale that was about both nothing and everything at the same time. A story that felt very human with its characters and magical as well. A novel that always kept me captivated and never felt like a slog.
Thank you, Duma Key, for seeing me into 2017.
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