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The Wind Through the Keyhole

A Dark Tower Novel

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In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.

Roland Deschain and his friends encounter a ferocious storm on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells not just one strange story, but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Roland calms the boy by reciting a story from the “Magic Tales of the Eld” that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

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In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.

Roland Deschain and his friends encounter a ferocious storm on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells not just one strange story, but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Roland calms the boy by reciting a story from the “Magic Tales of the Eld” that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

Product Details
Hardcover (496 pages)
Published: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Scribner
Imprint: Scribner
ISBN: 9781476703008
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  • During the days after they left the Green Palace tha wasn't Oz after all -- but which was now the tomb of the unpleasant fellow Roland's ka-tet had known as the Tick-Tock Man -- the boy...

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  • Durant les jours qui suivirent leur départ du Palais Vert - qui n'était pas Oz après tout, mais qui servait désormais de tombe au type désagréable que le ka-tet de Roland...

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  • In de dagen nadat zij het Groene Paleis dat toch niet Oz bleek te zijn - maar dat nu het graf was van de onaangename kerel die Rolands Ka-tet had gekend als de Tik-Tak man - hadden...

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  • In den Tagen nachdem sie den Grünen Palast verlassen hatten, der dann doch nicht Oz gewesen war - aber jetzt das Grab eines unangenehmen Zeitgenossen war, den Rolands Ka-Tet als...

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  • It seemed to him that if the wrong man stepped into the marriage-loop with a woman, it was a noose instead of a ring.

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  • Time was a face on the water, and like the great river before them, it did nothing but flow.

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  • There's nothing like stories on a windy night when folks have found a warm place in a cold world.

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  • Horror's a worm that needs to be coughed out before it breeds. Now tell them.

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  • The salt ye take is the salt ye must pay for, as anyone from these parts will tell you.

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  • The stories we hear in childhood are the ones we remember all our lives.

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  • It hurt, of course, but more often than note the best things do, I've found. You wouldn't think it could be so, but--as the oldtimers used to say--the world's tilted, and there's an end...

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  • It was not fair, it was not fair, it was not fair. So cried his child's heart, and then his child's heart died a little. For that is also the way of the world.

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