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Carrie [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen King
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)

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Jan. 5 1989 Signet
A modern classic, "Carrie" introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction -- Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time. Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is..."Carrie"
--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Why read Carrie? Stephen King himself has said that he finds his early work "raw," and Brian De Palma's movie was so successful that we feel as if we have read the novel even if we never have. The simple answer is that this is a very scary story, one that works as well, if not better, on the page as it does on the screen. Carrie White, bullied by cruel teenagers at school and her religious nut of a mother at home, gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers, powers that will eventually be turned on her tormentors. King has a way of getting under the skin of his readers by creating an utterly believable world that throbs with menace before finally exploding. He builds the tension in this early work by piecing together extracts from newspaper reports, journals, and scientific papers, as well as more traditional first- and third-person narrative in order to reveal what lurks beneath the surface of Chamberlain, Maine.
News item from the Westover (ME) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966: "Rain of Stones Reported: It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th."
Although the supernatural pyrotechnics are handled with King's customary aplomb, it is the carefully drawn portrait of the little horrors of small towns, high schools, and adolescent sexuality that give this novel its power and assures its place in the King canon. --Simon Leake --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Gory and horrifying ...you can't put it down." -- "Chicago Tribune" --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars First Flight May 10 2013
By Jonathan Stover TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
King's first published novel still has zing. Or zip. Or whatever. It's not particularly representative of his work as a whole, though its telekinetic namesake is representative of a lot of King novels from the first ten years of his novels.

Carrie gives us a powerful telekinetic; The Shining gives us a boy and a man who are both telepathic and precognitive; The Dead Zone gives us a precognitive man; Firestarter gives us a pyrokinetic girl. King's interest in psychic abilities seems very much a product of the similarly interested 1970's America. I'm surprised he didn't do a novel involving pyramid power.

Carrie also features atypical King narration, a combination of third-person omniscient and 'clippings' from fictional books, magazines, and letters. It works, though just barely: some suspense is leeched out of the text by our knowledge that something extraordinarily dire is going to happen from pretty much the first page onwards. Of course, the movie strips these documentarian elements away, leaving only the high-school narrative that is Carrie's greatest strength.

King himself noted that in going back to Carrie after Columbine, he found her much less sympathetic than he remembered. Pitiful, perhaps, and warped by persecution and a loopy, homicidal mother, but not sympathetic. Anyone who has been an outcast can feel pangs of horror at Carrie's sad life, but she's ultimately no more sympathetic than John Gardner's Grendel, and much less so than Anthony Burgess's Alex in A Clockwork Orange.

This is still a tight, fascinating read (it may be King's shortest novel). Separated from high school as a student by a few short years and as a teacher not at all, King conjures up a world that's a nightmare for students who are low in the pecking order, where even a good deed can lead to horrible consequences. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 30 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I chose this rating because the copy of the book was exactly as described in the ad. This is a great book and movie that my daughter wanted a copy of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow Oct. 15 2013
By Morsal
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very eerie, and fun to read if you're interested in the type of storyline that makes you wonder what would happen if this were so. To sum it up, this is basically an extremely twisted and non-comedic version of Matilda.
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4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down Jan. 3 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had to read this book for one of my courses in university. I enjoyed the novel very much. It was easy to follow while being complex. I have yet to see the movie, but the book is a definite yes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Movie is Better Oct. 17 2007
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was 11 years old the first time I read this book and it frightened me terribly. I remember having to hide the book when I wasn't reading it because just looking at it scared me! Re-reading it as an adult, I didn't feel the same way at all. This is King's first book and you can tell. It is a short, fast read and not particularly scary, frightening or even gross. I did really enjoy the epistolary aspects of the novel written from newspaper accounts and books by the participants. I think the scenes of Carrie's mother are the creepiest because as a parent it is terrifying to imagine a parent abusing their child like that. It's hard to not compare the book with the movie (which I've seen several times) but in this case I think I prefer the movie to the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King's First Book, and One of His Best July 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Though "Carrie" is definitely the work of a writer who is still finding his voice, it is a remarkably tight and gripping book, and remains one of my personal favorites of King's work.
The tale told by King and King's wife Tabitha, about how she literally pulled the first pages of the book out of a trash can, read them, and then encouraged King to continue with the story he had started, is somewhat apocryphal now. Nevertheless, upon reading the first few chapters of "Carrie" one can see what grabbed her attention. The reader is immediately involved in the story and irresistably drawn all the way to the end.
The story of Carrie White is that of someone who is essentially ordinary (almost painfully so), but with an extraordinary ability. How these two elements come together is the substance of the book, and there is a lot of substance here, both in terms of storytelling and thematic material. King's talent for strong character and capturing the feel of everyday life is already obvious in this book, and it is put to good use.
"Carrie" remains one of King's most compelling works, even 30 years after it was written. Thank goodness Mrs. King had the wherewithal to get him to finish it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! July 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book i read of Stephen King after Hearts in Atlantis and i must say each book sometimes makes me feel emotions I don't want to.The character "Carrie" was a brilliant one and it definitely opened my eyes to the subject of TK.I felt great pain for Carrie and everyone around the world like her who have to go through some very very rough years in school and sometimes also in university and feel ashamed of how we treat people without thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different than most King books-which is good July 12 2004
By Bryan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read Pet Sematary and The Shining and wasn't too impressed(well actcully I wasn't impressed at all) but I decided to give Carrie a try anyway. I'm glad I did. Carrie isn't a horror novel. It won't keep you up in the middle of the night. But it is chilling. It's thought proviking. it's eerie and disturbing. The only thing i would change would be i would have had mroe excerts from Suzan Snell's book. But other than that it was great.
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