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IN br I ef :
Different Seasons is a collection of four novellas: ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’ (filmed as ‘The
Shawshank Redemption’), ‘Apt Pupil’ (also a film), ‘The Body’ (filmed as ‘Stand by Me’) and ‘The Breathing
Method’. All four stories are among King’s most powerful, described by the author in the afterword as ‘stories
about an off-beat prison break, an old man and a young boy locked in a gruesome relationship, a quartet of
country boys on a journey of discovery, and an off-the-wall horror story about a young woman determined to
give birth to her child no matter what.’
IN deta I l :
‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’ is narrated by Red, a prison fixer who can get you anything you
want inside, from green milkshakes to movie posters, although he has his principles about what he’ll sell you.
When he becomes friends with Andy Dufresne, the two men form a bond that sustains them through years of
In ‘Apt Pupil’, a high-achieving schoolboy named Todd discovers that his neighbour Dussander is a Nazi war
criminal. Rather than turn him in, he starts visiting his house and getting him to tell him everything about the
camps. The two form an unusual relationship, with Dussander even going to Todd’s school to stop his parents
finding out about his poor grades. But Dussander is nursing a sickness in Todd, and soon the two of them will
find new outlets for their darkness.
‘The Body’ is a nostalgic coming-of-age tale about the kind of friends people have when they are twelve,
narrated by Gordon, a bestselling author looking back on his life. But the sweetness of the story is deliberately
balanced with the nature of the boy’s quest: they are on their way to look at a corpse. In trying to find out
about death, the children actually discover the beauty of life.
‘The Breathing Method’ begins as a story-telling competition in a gentleman’s private club. But the story told
is anything but traditional, concerning a doctor who encourages his patient to use the bre