The Man in the Black Suit – book review

The Man in the Black Suit – book review

This book contains a story by Stephen King called “The Man in the Black Suit“. It is a short story awarded with several prizes which he wrote as a tribute to the story of Nathaniel Hawthorne “Young Goodman Brown“.

 

About the book

This edition from the publishing house Nórdica Libros is a collector’s item. It is a beautiful book, illustrated and with an undeniable quality.

  • It is a hard cover book and uses a golden ink on the cover.
  • The edges of the pages are rounded and painted with gold leaf.
  • The quality of the paper is unbeatable.
  • It is illustrated, very illustrated, by Ana Juan.
  • It has a cloth bookmark.

There are a couple of things that I love about this edition.

The first is that it contains both stories. We have King’s one at the beginning, written in black and illustrated, and then Hawthorne’s, written in red and without illustrations.

The other has to do with the illustrations. Ana Juan is an outstanding illustrator and in this book she has shown off. The edition includes a gift illustration but, in addition, there is a double design for the guards. The first is the wings of a bee, very important for King’s story, which are continued at the beginning and end of the book. The second ones are a pattern of bees that occupies a double page, also at the beginning and at the end.

 

 

Synopsis

The story of Stephen King narrates the encounter of a child with the devil and how he manages to get out of his grip for eighty years. The protagonist himself writes his story in a journal on his deathbed.

Hawthorne’s story also tells of an encounter with the devil, but the protagonist is a young man and not a child.

There’s one thing that is common to both of them: they end up without clearing the doubt of whether what has happened has been real or simply a dream.

 

Opinion

The story of Stephen King faithfully follows the line of the author. It could be classified within the genre of terror. The descriptions are brilliant and it transmits very well the emotions and anguish of the main character. The only downside, to put it in some way is that being written in the form of a journal we know that the protagonist survives the encounter.

The story of Nathaniel Hawthorne, apart from the encounter with the devil, tells a small story of witches in which, possibly, series like Salem have been based. Needless to say, I loved it and I would have liked it to be longer.

 

Personally I give it a 4/5. The edition is just perfect, but the stories have been too short. You can’t stop reading it!


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