The next part of the book, Hearts in Atlantis, takes place in 1966. Liz comes home (herself having just been violently raped at a real estate seminar) and assumes that Ted has been molesting Carol. At the end of the day, Willie's sight returns, signifying it is time to return home to his suburban lifestyle. Bobby at first does not believe Ted about these “low men,” but that summer his innocence is taken away on many levels: He rescues Carol after she is beaten and her shoulder dislocated, discovers the truth about his mother and the hatred that she long harbored, and finds Ted is indeed on the run from a fantastic other world, tying intimately into King’s fantasy series the Dark Tower. eNotes.com will help you with any book or any question. St. Martin's Griffin. Low Men in Yellow Coats and "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling" formed the basis of a 2001 film entitled Hearts in Atlantis, starring Anthony Hopkins as Ted Brautigan, Anton Yelchin as Bobby Garfield, Mika Boorem as Carol Gerber and Hope Davis as Liz Garfield. In addition, all the references to the Dark Tower were removed and the final destinies of the characters, revealed in the latter stories of the original novel, are excluded. They resolve the misunderstanding, and Liz takes Carol home. | With Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem. Hearts in Atlantis (1999) is a collection of two novellas and three short stories by Stephen King, all connected to one another by recurring characters and taking place in roughly chronological order.. The stories are about the Baby Boomer Generation, specifically King's view that this generation (to which he belongs) failed to live up to its promise and ideals. 0-312-32490-1. She says that she now goes by the name Denise Schoonover. Our summaries and analyses are written by experts, and your questions are answered by real teachers. He finds he is shaken from his Hearts addiction and resolves to turn his grades around. Later, Sullivan is gravely wounded. ©2020 eNotes.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Just click the "Edit page" button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Synopsis submission guide. Memories of life at age eleven floods back as it was a magical time that changed his life. Parents Guide, stephen king adaptations i'm yet to see/ finish. Hearts in Atlantis Question (Spoilers for Hearts in Atlantis) Spoilers spoiler The second to last story 'Why We're in Vietnam'...the part at the end where Sully Johnson dies and all the things are falling out of the sky...that is explained as a tractor trailing overturning but that does not make sense to me. In "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling", Bobby Garfield returns to his hometown after almost 40 years to attend John Sullivan's funeral and finds closure to his relationships with Carol Gerber and Ted Brautigan. | A confrontation with a school bully also changes everyone. However, Peter and the others point out that they, too, have been toting peace signs, undermining the accusation and saving Stokely from punishment. Shearman had fought in Vietnam and remains haunted by both his actions toward Carol and what he witnessed during the war. In the park, he finds his old friend Carol, alive but scarred and burned. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Hearts in Atlantis". When he is airlifted out of combat, he sees the old woman who had been stabbed ("mama-san") sitting in the chopper with him, a hallucination that has continued in perpetuity. He abruptly finds himself back in his car. All objects which fell from the sky are gone, except the glove, which Sullivan wears on his hand. Peter Riley, a Freshman at the University of Maine, gets addicted to playing Hearts in the all-male dormitory where he lives. 2006. 518. All of the stories are about the 1960s and the war in Vietnam, and in all of them the members of that generation fail profoundly, or are paying the costs of some profound failure on their part. Mama-san, glowing brightly, speaks for the first time, saying she will keep him safe. They revisit an incident that almost escalated into a My Lai-type massacre: stressed by the effort at rescuing survivors of a helicopter crash, Ronnie Malenfant (who first appears as another Hearts player in Hearts in Atlantis) vows to burn a village in Dong Ha as a message to the enemy. Hank Wagner . Significantly, the opening epigraph of the collection is the Peter Fonda line from the end of Easy Rider: "We blew it." Two veterans, John Sullivan (another childhood friend of Bobby Garfield's) and a man named Dieffenbaker reunite at the funeral of a third. Major story elements are common to the film and the story, but many of the details were changed. The next morning, she leaves a note warning him to stop playing Hearts. Images from that war -- and the protests against it -- had flooded America's living rooms for a decade. Shortly afterward, Stokely is accused of having sprayed "FUCK JOHNSON" on a campus wall, with the dormitory floor proctor reasoning that the peace signs accompanying the message lead to Stokely. When Ted has 'gone blank' he uses language that occurs often in the Dark Tower universe, as when he says "There will be water if God wills it" and "All things serve the Beam.".