The Dark Tower Book Summary and Study Guide

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Scribner, Sep 2004, 35.00
ISBN: 1880418622

In spite of shifting time and place, Roland the Last Gunfighter knows he is nearing his destination and thus the final confrontation of his quest. The center of the time-place continuum, THE DARK TOWER, beckons just beyond the horizon. However, as he has learned through his dangerous journey time is not linear and his path still has detours and setbacks as Roland and his ka-tet battle vampires in New York City's Dixie Pig.
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That takes a bite out of his compatriots, but Roland knows the real adversary is Mordred, Mia's offspring from him and the were-spider Crimson King. Mordred, the essence of pure evil, confronts Roland to stop him from completing the mission. Though experienced with killing his own blood, Roland normally has no chance against his superpowerful antagonist. As members of his ka-tet fall, Roland needs the help of a talented somewhat befuddled individual to attain any chance of defeating his son.

The key cast members remain consistent to their personalities, especially Roland as the silent hero (from the 1960s spaghetti westerns).

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

The last of the Gunslingers- a dying caste of knights- is traveling across a hard-pan desert to attain revenge on the Man in Black, Walter.
The review of this Book prepared by Levi Benson

The Dark Tower is one of the greatest stories ever told. It is an epic fantasy adventure about a quest to save existance. The Tower is crumbling, and the Gunslinger and his companions must stop it before all structure and order of the universe collapses.
The review of this Book prepared by aelusion

A man searches for a tower that is falling apart which in turn would destroy the world that he lives on, but a lot of the book is on his adventures.
The review of this Book prepared by Eric

Chapter Analysis of The Dark Tower

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   distant future Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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