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Stephen King fan publishes Shining's Jack Torrance's novel
A Stephen King fan has published an page version of the book which novelist Jack Torrance obsessively writes during King's The Shining, where his descent into madness is revealed when his wife discovers that his work consists of just one phrase, endlessly repeated. Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson in terrifying form in Stanley Kubrick's film, is a frustrated writer who goes with his wife and son to spend the winter in the isolated Overlook Hotel in an attempt to get the novel he has always wanted to write started. But the hotel's grisly past and unquiet ghosts have their way with him, and his wife Wendy eventually finds that the manuscript he has been working on actually only contains the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", typed over and over again. Now New York artist Phil Buehler, who describes himself as "a big fan of Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King", has self-published a book credited to Torrance, repeating the phrase throughout but formatting each page differently, using the words to create different shapes from zigzags to spirals. He said he decided to stick to type and formatting that could have been created on a typewriter, with the first ten pages duplicating shots of Torrance's work from the film.
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Actually, we know very few things about him This is the first book (and the only one) written by Jack Torrance, who accepted the job of the winter caretaker at.
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Want to alienate your housemates, avoid work deadlines, and generally convince others that you're insane? A new Jack Torrance-themed text generator could be for you. The character, a caretaker living with his wife and child in a remote, other-wise empty hotel, has spent most of the winter ostensibly working on a book, shutting himself away with a typewriter. But when his wife Wendy Shelly Duvall accidentally stumbles across his manuscript, instead of an almost-finished novel, she finds pages upon pages covered with the phrase: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". There's something about the text is arranged on the sheets — erratically, but with a strange deliberation — that really conveys the message: "yep, Jack's gone completely crazy". For phrase three, buy an axe, and hide it somewhere obvious. Future privacy is virtually guaranteed.
It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring. The exact origins of the phrase remain unclear, though it was recorded as early as Though the spirit of the proverb had been expressed previously, the modern saying appeared first in James Howell 's Proverbs in English, Italian, French and Spanish ,  and was included in later collections of proverbs. It also appears in Howell's Paroimiographia , p. Some writers have added a second part to the proverb, as in Harry and Lucy Concluded by the Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth :. In Kubrick's film the main character, Jack Torrance played by Jack Nicholson , is found to have abandoned the play he was writing in favor of typing this sentence over and over onto reams of paper. A number of other works have subsequently included a direct homage to the scene.