This story, that centers on a man forced to circle a building from a high ledge, was adapted for ‘Cat’s Eye’, an anthology movie. Said adaptation, for what it’s worth, stuck pretty much to the source material.
The cat’s missing and the story starts at the apartment, whereas the movie showed the abduction of the main character, Norris. It is also pretty abbreviated. In the movie, Cressner, the villain of the piece, keeps popping up, no matter how far along Norris goes. Here, he only pops up once.
The pigeon actually does show up here and he’s just as vindictive as the one in the film. There actually is some explanation here, as the pigeon is protecting his home, where in the movie version he was just being a schmuck. It helps give it a stronger context as opposed to just being random.
Even at about 16 pages, this was a quick read. It’s actually surprising how quickly the story went by. Also surprising is the fact that the first thing Norris does before climbing over the ledge is look down. He makes a point not to do it afterwards, but still you’re basically making a daunting task even worse by putting that in your head.
The story put a lot of emphasis on how you needed to have strong calves, since your heels hung over the edge. I couldn’t help but think that turning your feet outward would’ve made it a lot easier. The more I thought about it, the less appealing that idea was, your legs would cramp up. Still, you’d think turning your front foot sideways would be a little beneficial since it gives you a more solid footing, for lack of a better term.
The ending is just like the film and the tables are turned in a similar fashion.
The story works better, if only because it doesn’t prolong the story needlessly. With the film, they needed to fill a run time so there was a bit of padding. King has no such restriction here. Overall, it was a good read; another fine addition to this collection.