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Carrie [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen King
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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.


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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 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 Bittersweet revenge of an outcast June 10 2004
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I first read King's CARRIE when I was in the eighth grade. I am now a high school sophomore and this novel still remains a favorite. It's a tale of an outcast who discovers that she's been blessed, or cursed, with the rare and incredible powers of telekinesis. This means she can move objects and make things happen merely with the power of her mind.
Both home life and high school life are nightmares, almost literally. King opens the story with Carrie getting her very first period in the locker room after gym class. She's up in arms about what to do - at 16 she has never experienced nor heard of such a thing. Her classmates turn vicious and scream chants of "Plug it up! Plug it up!" started by truly cruel Chris Hargensen. The girls then hurl tampons and sanitary napkins at her from the broken machine on the wall. Poor, helpless Carrie stands there, utterly confused and humiliated all the same, looking "the part of the sacrificial goat." The "fun" stops when Ms. Desjardin, the gym teacher intervenes, slapping Carrie to snap her out of her hysterical fit.
Carrie is sent home early that day. Out of all the girls, Sue Snell feels the guiltiest and wants to make it up to Carrie. So she convinces her boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the prom. If you've seen the 70s movie, you know what goes down at the prom. If not, read and see.
At home, Carrie deals with a religiously fanatic mother who never spoke about menstruation because she believed it was sinful. Mrs. White is a single mother who preaches, what she believes to be Christ's ways, all through the neighborhood. When Carrie is "bad" and "sinful," she gets thrown into the prayer closet to "pray for forgiveness." Everything in Mrs. White's mind is sinful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still holds up today as one of King's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the book was awesome and so was the movie Sissy Spacek was awesome as Carrie....!!!
Published 2 months ago by Willow Wind Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
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.
Published 10 months ago by Catherine Munn
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
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Published 12 months ago by Morsal
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story but full of misspellings
This is a great story, and I enjoyed Stephen King's plot. Having said that the misspellings are incredible! In some cases there were as many as four in a paragraph. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Morgan Mom
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong premise, weak execution.
I am promising myself that this is the last Stephen King book I will ever read. Carrie's concept is fine. In fact, it's great. Read more
Published 20 months ago by T.M. Wieler
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2012 by marialovesyou
3.0 out of 5 stars The Movie is Better
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! Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2007 by Nicola Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Different than most King books-which is good
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. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrie by Stephen King
Carrie was the first book I have ever read by Stephen King. It is a great horror story about a girl who basicly gets back at her enemies. Carrie has been tricked and tourched. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by ChainedFate
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