It surprises me that anyone was ever fooled by the pseudonym of ‘Richard Bachman.’ This book has all of the Stephen King traits; Buicks, Maine, long road trips and a protagnonist that is almost human in their contradictions; perhaps that is why ‘Bachman’ didn’t really last very long.
Thinner is about a fat man who is cursed by a gypsy and loses weight. If that’s all there was to it I’m sure we’d all be running out to find ourselves a Romany, but that’s not how curses work. Billy Halleck, the fat man, can’t stop losing weight and it’s going to kill him.
Plagued y his own guilt over accidentally killing a gypsy woman he becomes convinced that the only way to survive is to convince the gypsy man to reverse the curse that he has set upon him. It ends with a twist that we can see coming, but are unable to prevent (or even turn away from) and the way that Bachman/King punishes his dislikeable protagonist is something akin to a Roald Dahl short story. (Royal jelly anyone?)
I liked this book for the issues that it raised; the flirtation with cancer and mental instability, along with the outright confrontation with racism in America, were both interesting and thought provoking. It made me wonder if there were any other King books dealing with gypsies (other than Doctor Sleep) because although I liked this book it didn’t seem as though King had finished with the subject matter.
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