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Lo stesso giorno in cui Bobby Garfield compie undici anni, l'anziano Ted Brautigan si trasferisce nella casa accanto alla sua. Entrambi condividono la passione per la lettura, che presto li lega in un'amicizia vera e sincera. Ma Ted nasconde un segreto legato alle sue facoltà mentali, e affida a Bobby uno strano compito: vigilare sulla presenza degli «uomini bassi in sopra Lo stesso giorno in cui Bobby Garfield compie undici anni, l'anziano Ted Brautigan si trasferisce nella casa accanto alla sua. Entrambi condividono la passione per la lettura, che presto li lega in un'amicizia vera e sincera. Ma Ted nasconde un segreto legato alle sue facoltà mentali, e affida a Bobby uno strano compito: vigilare sulla presenza degli «uomini bassi in soprabito giallo», pericolosi personaggi disposti a tutto per rintracciare Ted e la cui presenza è rivelata da piccoli indizi: annunci di animali scomparsi o lune e stelle disegnate per terra... Questo racconto è già comparso in traduzione italiana con il titolo "Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo" nella raccolta "Cuori in Atlantide".


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Lo stesso giorno in cui Bobby Garfield compie undici anni, l'anziano Ted Brautigan si trasferisce nella casa accanto alla sua. Entrambi condividono la passione per la lettura, che presto li lega in un'amicizia vera e sincera. Ma Ted nasconde un segreto legato alle sue facoltà mentali, e affida a Bobby uno strano compito: vigilare sulla presenza degli «uomini bassi in sopra Lo stesso giorno in cui Bobby Garfield compie undici anni, l'anziano Ted Brautigan si trasferisce nella casa accanto alla sua. Entrambi condividono la passione per la lettura, che presto li lega in un'amicizia vera e sincera. Ma Ted nasconde un segreto legato alle sue facoltà mentali, e affida a Bobby uno strano compito: vigilare sulla presenza degli «uomini bassi in soprabito giallo», pericolosi personaggi disposti a tutto per rintracciare Ted e la cui presenza è rivelata da piccoli indizi: annunci di animali scomparsi o lune e stelle disegnate per terra... Questo racconto è già comparso in traduzione italiana con il titolo "Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo" nella raccolta "Cuori in Atlantide".

30 review for Low Men In Yellow Coats

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Levandowski

    I read this soon after I finished The Dark Tower series, and found it really satisfying. I was still in that hungry phrase, during which I'd seek out every reference to TDT and read it twice just to put myself back into that universe. The storyline is great, really accurate to how it's positioned to parallel Ted Brautigan in TDT as well. One thing I love about TDT are the parts that intersect with our own world, that eerie, darkly suspenseful feeling of being engaged with that universe. This sto I read this soon after I finished The Dark Tower series, and found it really satisfying. I was still in that hungry phrase, during which I'd seek out every reference to TDT and read it twice just to put myself back into that universe. The storyline is great, really accurate to how it's positioned to parallel Ted Brautigan in TDT as well. One thing I love about TDT are the parts that intersect with our own world, that eerie, darkly suspenseful feeling of being engaged with that universe. This story was dripping with that, so it scored major points with me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Serisop

    Occhi a cuoricino per questo racconto che adesso mi porterà a comprare l'intera raccolta da cui è tratto. "Low men in yellow coats" - titolo inglese di "Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo" - parla della strana e improbabile amicizia tra Bobby e Ted. Bobby è un bambino con un'infanzia difficile, costretto a vivere con una madre che non gli vuole bene e a cercare conforto in se stesso. Quando incontra Ted, ci fa subito amicizia, per poi scoprire che l'uomo che il suo nuovo vicino di casa è in realtà p Occhi a cuoricino per questo racconto che adesso mi porterà a comprare l'intera raccolta da cui è tratto. "Low men in yellow coats" - titolo inglese di "Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo" - parla della strana e improbabile amicizia tra Bobby e Ted. Bobby è un bambino con un'infanzia difficile, costretto a vivere con una madre che non gli vuole bene e a cercare conforto in se stesso. Quando incontra Ted, ci fa subito amicizia, per poi scoprire che l'uomo che il suo nuovo vicino di casa è in realtà perseguitato da uomini bassi in soprabito giallo. Non vi dirò di più, ma vorrei sottolineare degli aspetti che mi sono piaciuti tantissimo. Molte volte ignoriamo, siamo stupidi davanti all'evidenza e fingiamo di non vedere qualcosa che è proprio sotto ai nostri occhi. Ciò ci porta a conseguenze che possono essere disastrose. Un bambino riesce a vedere molto di più di ciò che riesce a vedere un adulto, questo è assodato. Ho adorato il modo che aveva Bobby di osservare la vita e soprattutto il suo rapporto con Carol, un tesoro di ragazzina. Ted è rimasto un personaggio misterioso per tutto il racconto, ma di fatto l'unico che abbia saputo davvero come aiutare Bobby. Mi sono piaciuti moltissimo i protagonisti del racconto, come anche lo stile in cui è stata raccontata la storia. Adoro i racconti lunghi di Stephen King, quasi più di molti romanzi che ho letto. Posso dirlo? Ormai l'ho detto...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lacivard Mammadova

    Sonlara qədər qorxulu heç nə baş vermir, amma indi nəsə olacaq hissi də adamı tərk eləmir. Deyirsən ki, indi.. bax indi.. vse.. amma heç nə olmur. Elə bu gərginlik nəyə desən dəyər. Kingin bütün əsərlərindəki kimi burada da personajlardan biri digər əsər ilə əlaqəlidir. Amma kitab natamam deyil, rahatlıqla bu hissə ilə bitirmək olar. #birnəfəsə

  4. 5 out of 5

    Toolshed

    Really, this novella is so difficult to categorize. I didn't quite know what to make of it in terms of themes when I started reading it and I don't quite know it now that I finished it. There were so many things I expected to be, and King always defied my expectations when I finaly began to feel that I can put my finger around it. For starters, I didn't expect it at all to be so fragmented - so many seemingly unimportant and unrelated things happen that you can hardly keep track of the main narr Really, this novella is so difficult to categorize. I didn't quite know what to make of it in terms of themes when I started reading it and I don't quite know it now that I finished it. There were so many things I expected to be, and King always defied my expectations when I finaly began to feel that I can put my finger around it. For starters, I didn't expect it at all to be so fragmented - so many seemingly unimportant and unrelated things happen that you can hardly keep track of the main narrative, and the narrative itself flows at a vastly changing pace. Sometimes, there are a couple of pages which seem like a lecture on literature (and literature surely takes up a huge portion of "Low Men"), and then, suddenly, before you know it, things get in motion, childhood days are over and the Low Men are, out of the blue, more than a premonition; they are real. Just as there were so many things I expected this story to be, the story itself turned out to be much more than I expected. I didn't expect it to affect and engage me so much on an emotional level. At first, I was largely indifferent towards Bobby Garfield and thought him just another Stephen King kid character who serves as a convenient plot advancer. As I read on, he and Ted grew on me so much. I didn't expect it to be such a powerful coming of age story - the last few pages are literally dripping with painful melancholy of loss and regret. I didn't expect it to be about the power of literature, friendship, mother-son relationship and all the things in between. King really knows how to capture the magic of growing up and the inevitable tragedy of leaving all those childhood memories behind as life turns out to be much less than you wanted it to be. I didn't expect it to be such a sugestive clinic in human nature, seeing Bobby succumb to his fears and abandoning Ted at a crucial, breaking point of his life. Long story short, I didn't expect it to be so good, captivating and yet so complex to even talk about at the same time. It may not be great literature, but it is a great story in itself. Don't go reading books you know nothing about beforehand with a bunch of expectations. They may get shattered and you may end up the fool to pick up the pieces and write up an incoherent review out of that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janith Pathirage

    King said , "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have time or tools to write". If you wonder what he might have meant by that saying, you should read this novella. It was a great entertainer from start to end. I really wanted to punch Liz in the face but she got more than what she deserves from a bunch of "Low Men". Ted was the star of the show. Cant' wait to see the movie adaptation staring Anthony Hopkins as Ted. King said , "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have time or tools to write". If you wonder what he might have meant by that saying, you should read this novella. It was a great entertainer from start to end. I really wanted to punch Liz in the face but she got more than what she deserves from a bunch of "Low Men". Ted was the star of the show. Cant' wait to see the movie adaptation staring Anthony Hopkins as Ted.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Justin Brendel

    I read this because of the tie-in to the Dark Tower world. I was intrigued by the low men, and actually craved more of them. Ted and Bobby shared some moments together, including farts in a post-hot dog casserole evening. Liz is a piece of work, to say the least. Great writing, per Sai King's style, and the story developed and concluded well. For me, I wish I had more low men and more Ted as a breaker. Granted, more is explained in book 7 of the Dark tower. I read this because of the tie-in to the Dark Tower world. I was intrigued by the low men, and actually craved more of them. Ted and Bobby shared some moments together, including farts in a post-hot dog casserole evening. Liz is a piece of work, to say the least. Great writing, per Sai King's style, and the story developed and concluded well. For me, I wish I had more low men and more Ted as a breaker. Granted, more is explained in book 7 of the Dark tower.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cande ♡

    4.5 I tried reading the entire collection of stories who am I kidding? I only wanted to read this one. It's the best out of them all in Hearts in Atlantis. Really REALLY enjoyed it. 4.5 I tried reading the entire collection of stories who am I kidding? I only wanted to read this one. It's the best out of them all in Hearts in Atlantis. Really REALLY enjoyed it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tezma90

    inizio molto lento, finale a precipizio

  9. 5 out of 5

    madziar

    "Mali ludzie w żółtych płaszczach" to opowieść o chłopcu, który zaprzyjaźnił się ze starszym mężczyzną, obdarzonym zdolnością jasnowidzenia. Mężczyzna zamieszkuje na drugim piętrze domu, w którym mieszka chłopiec z samotnie wychowującą go matką. Wszystko wskazuje na to, że ukrywa się przed podejrzanym osobnikami z innego wymiaru ( nawiązanie do "Mrocznej Wieży"). Chłopiec wyparuje w okolicy dziwnych znaków pozostawionych przez nieznajomych i czyta Tedowi codzienną gazetę, dzięki czemu może zarob "Mali ludzie w żółtych płaszczach" to opowieść o chłopcu, który zaprzyjaźnił się ze starszym mężczyzną, obdarzonym zdolnością jasnowidzenia. Mężczyzna zamieszkuje na drugim piętrze domu, w którym mieszka chłopiec z samotnie wychowującą go matką. Wszystko wskazuje na to, że ukrywa się przed podejrzanym osobnikami z innego wymiaru ( nawiązanie do "Mrocznej Wieży"). Chłopiec wyparuje w okolicy dziwnych znaków pozostawionych przez nieznajomych i czyta Tedowi codzienną gazetę, dzięki czemu może zarobić na upragniony rower. Ted mimochodem wprowadza go w fascynujący świat książek. Na podstawie tej powieści powstał o wiele lepszy film "Kraina wiecznego szczęścia" ( scenariusz oczyszczono z niepotrzebnych wątków i zmodyfikowano w niektórych miejscach fabułę).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Louis

    A very good 'shorter' story by Stephen King (I read it in a short story collection, but it's definitely the longest story in there). There were a bunch of references to the Gunslinger series, which I LOVED. The story isn't so much horror as it is suspense, magic, belief and friendship. Truly touching and definitely one of King's lesser-known stories out there. I hope - maybe - there'll be some sort of sequel to this story because a lot of questions remain unanswered... A very good 'shorter' story by Stephen King (I read it in a short story collection, but it's definitely the longest story in there). There were a bunch of references to the Gunslinger series, which I LOVED. The story isn't so much horror as it is suspense, magic, belief and friendship. Truly touching and definitely one of King's lesser-known stories out there. I hope - maybe - there'll be some sort of sequel to this story because a lot of questions remain unanswered...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emi

    Love this! The last Stephen King I read before this was 11/22/63, which was also enjoyable. Very easy story to slip into for thirty minutes at a time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brent Murphy

    Snuck in this short story. Wonderful. You want a gateway book to Mr. King? Here it is. Damn fine writing, damn fine story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christina Broome

    Tied directly to the Dark Tower Universe. This short Story appears in "Hearts in Atlantis" Tied directly to the Dark Tower Universe. This short Story appears in "Hearts in Atlantis"

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Washburn

    A fun story but I like the movie better. Impossible I know.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wander

    ⭐️3 1/2 Stars⭐️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Illia

    Якщо це єдиний пріквел до "Темної вежі", то він взагалі нічого не пояснює Якщо це єдиний пріквел до "Темної вежі", то він взагалі нічого не пояснює

  17. 4 out of 5

    Red Kedi

    http://bit.ly/2p9Mqgl Sto scoprendo Stephen King un pò per volta, anche se a casa mia, ci vive da sempre. Low men in yellow coats (o se preferite, Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo), fa parte di una raccolta chiamata Cuori di Atlantide. La storia parla del giovane Bobby Garfield e dell'amico un pò particolare, Ted Brautigan. Quest'ultimo, arrivato da poco nell'appartamento vicino al protagonista, porta con sè un velo misterioso che affascina il ragazzino ma fa storcere la bocca alla madre. Maledet http://bit.ly/2p9Mqgl Sto scoprendo Stephen King un pò per volta, anche se a casa mia, ci vive da sempre. Low men in yellow coats (o se preferite, Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo), fa parte di una raccolta chiamata Cuori di Atlantide. La storia parla del giovane Bobby Garfield e dell'amico un pò particolare, Ted Brautigan. Quest'ultimo, arrivato da poco nell'appartamento vicino al protagonista, porta con sè un velo misterioso che affascina il ragazzino ma fa storcere la bocca alla madre. Maledetti sacchetti. Bobby però, non resiste e partendo dalla comune passione della lettura, si avvicina sempre più a Ted. I due diventano amici e Ted, capendo che il ragazzino vorrebbe metter via dei soldi per prendersi la bici che tanto sogna, decide di "sfruttare" a suo favore la cosa e gli propone un lavoretto. Bobby deve solo avvisarlo se vede vicino a casa gente non del posto, uomini con il soprabito giallo. Chi sono però questo uomini bassi? Sono persone pericolose? Ma alla fin fine, chi è veramente Ted? Risultati immagini per Low men in yellow coats Sono pagine che scorrono velocemente, catturando l'attenzione del lettore, sopratutto se ha già avuto modo di leggere la saga della Torre nera. Ted Stevens Brautigan è un potentissimo frangitore e grazie alle sue doti mentali, riesce a fare cose inimmaginabili. Motivo per cui, questi uomini dal soprabito poco appariscente, vogliono metter le mani su di lui. L'aiuto di Bobby, che ad un certo punto scoprirà queste abilità, sarà fondamentale ma il mai una gioia è sempre pronto a sbucare dal nulla e così, non tutto andrà nel migliore dei modi. Quello che apprezzo sempre di King, è la sua capacità di rendere bestiale gli uomini comuni e quasi banali, i cattivi. Come in ogni sua storia, ci sono mille ingiustizie, eppure l'animo del lettore ne esce sempre appagato.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Martyna

    In many of Kings books the subject of transience touches the reader's consciousness, tears his emotions and pours into the soul true human values and ideas that for the average person are irrelevant, often even invisible. However, in this novella, while reading each sentence, page by page I felt and saw how close this content is to King himself. This great power and strength of communication results from the fact that it all flowed from the very personal corners of King's soul. This story in some In many of Kings books the subject of transience touches the reader's consciousness, tears his emotions and pours into the soul true human values and ideas that for the average person are irrelevant, often even invisible. However, in this novella, while reading each sentence, page by page I felt and saw how close this content is to King himself. This great power and strength of communication results from the fact that it all flowed from the very personal corners of King's soul. This story in some way refers to The Dark Tower, but it is not so obvious so that for those who do not know Roland's story it will not be clear why Ted hides from the world, where he came from and who these mysterious gentlemen in coats are. The beauty of friendship, the power that lies in it, the magic of childhood ... it is all here. The content of this story will remind everyone of their own childhood, while allowing us to re-evaluate things that are able to change our consciousness if it is lost in the fog of reality.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Josiah Fruge

    A slow building story with a finish that leaves you with more questions and longing than answers and closure. I read this book as a recommendation before continuing with the Dark Tower series. I'm glad I read. The connection is small and doesn't show itself until the last moments of the book but it does add a layer of interest for reading into the rest of the world. I really enjoyed the spy novel feel that this had to it and that's really what kept me reading it. The characters grow on you and y A slow building story with a finish that leaves you with more questions and longing than answers and closure. I read this book as a recommendation before continuing with the Dark Tower series. I'm glad I read. The connection is small and doesn't show itself until the last moments of the book but it does add a layer of interest for reading into the rest of the world. I really enjoyed the spy novel feel that this had to it and that's really what kept me reading it. The characters grow on you and you begin to understand where people are coming from and how their upbringing can influence them as a whole. I would definitely recommend trying this book out. Especially if you plan on reading the Dark Tower.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Poscolieri

    Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo. Gli appassionati della Torre Nera sanno di chi si tratta, chi ha letto I vendicatori o Desperation li conosce come can-toi, chi non ha letto libri di King legati alla Torre Nera magari ancora non lo ha incontrati, ma è il momento di scoprirlo, fidatevi. Farlo insieme a Bobby Garfield è una buona idea perché farsi guidare dai bambini in un’opera di King è (quasi) sempre una buona idea. Un’idea che porta in un mare di guai, chiaro. Ted fa da mentore al piccolo Bobb Uomini bassi in soprabito giallo. Gli appassionati della Torre Nera sanno di chi si tratta, chi ha letto I vendicatori o Desperation li conosce come can-toi, chi non ha letto libri di King legati alla Torre Nera magari ancora non lo ha incontrati, ma è il momento di scoprirlo, fidatevi. Farlo insieme a Bobby Garfield è una buona idea perché farsi guidare dai bambini in un’opera di King è (quasi) sempre una buona idea. Un’idea che porta in un mare di guai, chiaro. Ted fa da mentore al piccolo Bobby, prima per quanto riguarda i libri, poi per quanto riguarda gli Uomini bassi e infine per quanto riguarda i poteri fuori dal comune che Ted stesso possiede. Ted il frangitore. Quante cose meravigliose sono nate da questo “piccolo” capolavoro di racconto!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Віталій Роман

    Попри надмірну деталізацію повсякденного життя американців (що мені не дуже подобається у творах цього автора), ця історія вийшла напруженою, цікавою та навіть повчальною. Оскільки я не є шанувальником Кінга, і здається так і не стану (адже на "Серцях Атлантиди" перестав читати збірку, куди входило саме це оповідання), та "Ниці люди в жовтих плащах" були з біса крутими. Концепт сили зчитувати те, що людина знає та літературний серфінг з метою навчити Боббі чомусь цінному - родзинки твору. На дод Попри надмірну деталізацію повсякденного життя американців (що мені не дуже подобається у творах цього автора), ця історія вийшла напруженою, цікавою та навіть повчальною. Оскільки я не є шанувальником Кінга, і здається так і не стану (адже на "Серцях Атлантиди" перестав читати збірку, куди входило саме це оповідання), та "Ниці люди в жовтих плащах" були з біса крутими. Концепт сили зчитувати те, що людина знає та літературний серфінг з метою навчити Боббі чомусь цінному - родзинки твору. На додачу, історія закінчилась тим, що зачіпає героїв та світ циклу "Темна вежа". Якби не це, то твір міг би з часом "охолонути" і потонути в "пилюці" моєї паямяті. Але ні, він підштовхнув ще ближче до того, щоб таки взятися за magnum opus Короля в найближчому часі.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    Is it odd to suggest a Stephen King novel is inspiring? And yet this, as so many of his have been, is. Good and evil. Navigating mortality. The price paid for good. And so on. Messages delivered even poignantly via his, King’s, seemingly inexhaustible inventory of entertaining stories. Low Men in Yellow Coats 🧥. What a treat. Unexpected. A gem hidden in an anthology of short stories. P.S. Readers of The Dark Tower series and The Regulators … this is a story not to miss.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Filippo Santaniello

    Prima storia contenuta nella raccolta Cuori in Atlantide, più che un racconto un romanzo breve. C’è tutto King qui dentro. L’infanzia, il passaggio all’età adulta, la minaccia dell’ignoto. Anche riferimenti alla Torre Nera

  24. 5 out of 5

    Federico Geometria

    NON PARTITE DA QUI se dovete iniziare a leggere King, per 2 motivi: 1) La trama dipende totalmente dalla storia della Torre Nera 2) Non rappresenta quello che è King. Se lo avete letto saprete già che è una bella lettura in sé per sé. Ben scritto. Bel libro

  25. 5 out of 5

    Siska Mardianti

    Love the characters and its connection to the Dark Tower. Btw, I hate Bobby's mom with passion. Poor lady but she's so annoying 😤 Love the characters and its connection to the Dark Tower. Btw, I hate Bobby's mom with passion. Poor lady but she's so annoying 😤

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alycs_green

    3 ⭐ e mezzo

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    A very good (not great) novella—but what a lovely ending for Dark Tower fans...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shauna Saelee

    I read this so long ago and I still think about it every once in a while or have really odd dreams about it, so it leaves a lasting effect that’s for sure...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    Part of the Dark Tower story. This is about the beam and the people kidnapped who are psychic forced to destroy the beam. Very good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    This book is incredible. Beautifully written, bitterly sad, lovely to a fault. One of my all time favorite coming of age tales that any lover of literature will enjoy.

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