Carrie Mass Market Paperback – Jan 5 1989
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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 like 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 on the screen. Carrie White, menaced by bullies 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel' -- Sunday Times 'One of the great storytellers of our time' -- Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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!
Carrie believes her life was taken a turn for a magnificent change when Tommy, pretty-boy popular boy asks her to the prom but God forbids her mother to let her go, through rebelling Carrie goes to prom. Throughout the book we keenly obeserved strange occurences surroudning Carrie White in times on intense emotional pressure or stress, when she breaks psychologically, her powers, her psychic ablities, powers to do things in this physical realm with her will alone becomes uncontrollable, but Carrie thinks all would be well, its just prom right?
No it wasnt, Chris, a young girl in Carrie's class and a character you cant help but hate comes up with a plot to publicly disgrace Carrie at prom night. The nail-biting suspense, all the chills and thrills reaches its climax in this scene, pigs blood is poured unto Carrie and she breaks, there was only so much this young girl could take. Carrie then unleashes a terrible display of her latent abilities on the towns folk and the prom turns into a bloody masscre, forever etched in history as one of the hallmark massacres in novels and one of King's most finest.
The novel has been adapted for film adaptation several times and King himself as several editions of this book, this international bestselling book is one of the best books of all time.
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I read this book as a teen and it has stuck with me through the years. Another brilliant earlier works of the Master King.Published 11 months ago by Janet Stewart
the book was awesome and so was the movie Sissy Spacek was awesome as Carrie....!!!Published 18 months ago by Willow Wind Book Reviews
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 on Dec 30 2013 by Catherine Munn
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2013 by Morsal