The Gunslinger searched for the man in the black, for any hints on his quest to the dark tower.
The series was highly recommend by those I asked. This book got raved reviews on amazon. They enjoyed and even categorized it as their favorite but I did not.
Frankly, I was disappointed after I read it. The story keeps on giving bits of information with nothing to relate in the later part of the book. In fact, when I reached halfway I didn’t understand anything. I know it’s a mystery book but the problem is he presented it with too much ambiguity and it appears to be dull and boring. Although I can’t discount the fact that S. King had put splendid imagery, It was just too much.
Reading 300+ pages about traveling with no sense of fulfillment was the far most I dreaded. True, he had presented some flashbacks in between the travel but it was not sufficient to let you turn page after page. In addition, those flashbacks gives minuscule details to let you infer what was really going on. I won’t deny that there are some actions. And if these helps, there are only two that are worth of your attention.
The story world was confusing. I don’t know the status of the title Gunslinger or even grasp the importance on why should Roland go to the Tower (book’s storyline). What was the danger? I don’t know. What are the consequences? I don’t know. The climax of meeting the man in the black was rubbish. Why can’t he just appear to him then when in the end he’s going to help him, willingly? I can’t find any unreasonable reasons.The book leaves more questions than answers.
Most had persuaded me to continue for the next book since they said that was the start of the real deal. But I am just upset to continue reading the whole series. I wish I did not read it. I know that many people have claimed that the Dark Tower Series was great but certainly the Gunslinger was a bad book to start the it.
PS: I read the unrevised edition. But I doubt if there are much of a change.