Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Shining synopsis chapter 1

Hey guys, long time no see. Sorry for the long absence, there were lots of things bogging me down lately. Hopefully you can forgive me for the inconvenience caused (if any), I will try to be a more frequent blogger. So anyways, enough chitchat, let's get straight down to business!

When I first signed into this blog, I would have loved to write about some new event that's going on in the household, but my parents have been accusing me of being too much of a "gamer" and not a reader. Therefore, they have ordered me to create some synopsis of a book, chapter by chapter. Yes kids, that's what you get for being addicted to games. You'd better start grabbing those books now before you suffer the same fate as I have.

So I decided to make a synopsis of this book called "The Shining", a really scary horror book (although honestly, I haven't got to the scary part yet) about a haunted hotel doing some really cruel things to its residents. So without further ado, let's get this going already!

The novel starts with an interview between two men, Jack Torrance (the interviewee) and Mr Ullman (the interviewer) discussing about Jack's job in the Overlook Hotel as caretaker. This is the chapter where the Overlook's shadowy past has began to unravel. Turns out the last caretaker in the Overlook murdered his own family before eventually commiting suicide. Despite this event, Jack is still determined to get the job, especially with the poor condition ofhis family. Needless to say, he got the job.

Another clue is revealed that the job as caretaker in the hotel won't be a walk in the park. Since Jack is the caretaker of the Overlook, he and his family will have to stay in the hotel, which is isolated and far from (almost) everywhere. In fact, the nearest town to the hotel was 40 miles away, and the roads were closed from October/November until April. Ullman also tells Jack about the 5 owners of the Overlook. The first 4 owners, for some unknown reason, sold the Overlook because they "couldn't handle it".

But what was Jack to do? He had no other option for a job, and his family's fate was in his hands. But honestly, how bad can it be? Jack's family got to live in some posh hotel where numerous VIPs have lived in, his family got to have a shot at the high life, that's not so bad, is it? Well, I don't know about you, but I actually think this is the beginning of something bad...

In this chapter, it is revealed that this Jack Torrance must be a desperate man, volunteering to be the caretaker of an apparently haunted resort. According to Jack, Ullman must've been one heck of an annoying boss. In this chapter, Jack's family was described by the latter as "very special people (especially his son, for reasons you're about to find out in the following chapters) other than these people, no other character (be it major or minor) has been hinted in this chapter.

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