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Carrie (original 1974; edition 2002)

by Stephen King

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Title:Carrie
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pocket Books (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:*****
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Carrie by Stephen King (1974)

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    lquilter: If you like tortured pyrokinetics with tragic endings, and don't mind radical changes in mood and style ... try Stephen King's Carrie for the horror take, and Mercedes Lackey's Brightly Burning for the fantasy take.
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I'm probably one of the last people on Earth that hasn’t read a Stephen King book. Carrie is the first book I decided to read. People have been suggesting it to me for a while, and it seemed like a nice short bit of introduction to Stephen’s horror world.

Also, a special thank you to my friend Dave, for constantly recommending Stephen King books to me, until I finally decided to listen to him. He seemed to be right! Don’t forget to go and follow him - he is amazing!

Now - Carrie.

A book about a girl that lives with her crazy religious mother in a creepy house. A girl who is being bullied at school all the time. A story about a girl that has the ability to move objects as she wishes. And a prom night, where everything escalates.

Carrie is a sixteen year old girl. And she has been raised by her mother, who is a religious person in a - not healthy way. When Carrie misbehaves, she is sent to a closet to pray for the whole day. Even though Carrie doesn’t share her mother’s beliefs, she can’t really stand up and fight for herself.

The plot gets a grip when Carrie has her first period at the age of sixteen. She thinks she will bleed to death. And all her classmates are laughing at her, because she is stupid. And throw tampons her way. And as I am reading this, I keep thinking - what kind of mother won’t tell her child about menstruation, and puberty, and all the normal teenage phases a kid has to go through while growing up?

This moment, in the school bathroom, is the moment Carrie finds out about her powers.
And a few weeks later, a terrible thing happens.

This is a horror story, but the horror doesn’t lie in what Carrie did, but what led her to do that. Who it is to blame, and why things escalated the way they did.

Stephen King described bullying in its most painful and real way, and the consequences it can lead to. And it does happen, in every school, to a lot of children all over the world each day. A sometimes, most of the times, they are bullied only because they are different, not because they are bad.

This is a story that silently stands up to bullying, and by doing that raises such a strong voice in every corner of the world.

And remember - if you are the bully - think twice before you say things. Words can hurt, and they can result in bad things happening. Think twice about why you say what you say. The classmate of yours might have a talent you don’t know of.

And if you are the bullied child - also remember - you are kind and beautiful, no matter what everyone says. You shouldn’t let people bring you down. And we have all been bullied while growing up. Once you reach a certain age, people stop caring, and you stop caring what people think, and then, finally, you can be comfortable and happy with who you are!

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  InnahLovesYou | Apr 18, 2019 |
‚Carrie‘ war der Roman, der Stephen King berühmt gemacht hat. An die Verfilmung mit Sissy Spacek erinnere ich mich noch sehr gut. Das Buch selbst ist eigentlich sehr schnell gelesen. Zeitungsartikel, Buchausschnitte, Polizeiberichte und Gerichtsprotokolle ergänzen die Erzählung über Carietta – kurz Carrie – White, die von ihren religiös-fanatischen Mutter allein großgezogen wird und mit 16 Jahren in der Schule unter der Dusche ihre erste Periode bekommt. Geschockt, weil sie nicht darüber aufgeklärt wurde, und panisch wird sie von ihren Klassenkameradinnen gehänselt, ausgelacht und erniedrigt. Doch auch daheim findet sie keine Unterstützung und wird von ihrer Mutter beschimpft und misshandelt. Zur Strafe für ihre ‚Sünde‘, denn nur Frauen, die gesündigt haben, werden mit der Blutung bestraft, wird sie in die Besenkammer gesperrt.

Einzig die Sportlehrerin setzt sich dafür ein, dass die schuldigen Mädchen, die Carrie so gedemütigt haben, bestraft werden. Eines der Mädchen, Chris Hargensen schwört jedoch ihren persönlichen Rachefeldzug. Chris ist dabei das typische Beispiel für eine verwöhnte junge Frau, die von ihren Eltern alles bekommt, was sie möchte und sich nie den ernsthaften Konsequenzen ihres Handels gegenüberstellen muss. Sue Snell, die ebenfalls mitgelacht und gehänselt hat, wird jedoch von ihrem schlechten Gewissen geplagt. Sie ist erschrocken über ihr eigenes Verhalten und will es wieder gut machen. Das muss man ihr wirklich zu Gute halten. Sie überredet ihren Freund dazu, Carrie zum Frühlingsball einzuladen, was er auch tut.

Carrie ist sich indes aber ihrer telekinetischen Kräfte bewusst geworden und widersetzt sich dem Willen ihrer Mutter immer mehr. Auch gegen Mutter White’s Willen sagt sie zum Frühlingsball zu. Und damit nimmt das Unglück seinen Lauf.

Chris und ihr Freund suchen nach einer Möglichkeit, Carrie nochmals zu erniedrige und es ihr heimzuzahlen. Sue bleibt daheim und hoffe, dass Carrie einen tollen Abend hat. Carries Mutter verliert sich in ihrem Fanatismus. Und Carrie geht mit gemischten Gefühlen zum Ball, weil sie nicht erwartet, dass es ihr anders ergehen wird, als an anderen Tagen, auch wenn sie es insgeheim hofft, dass sich die Dinge von nun ab ändern werden.

Das Buch zeigt sehr deutlich, wie grausam (junge) Menschen sein können. Das ist eine Thematik, die King in vielen seiner späteren Romane immer wieder aufgegriffen hat und auch heute, über 40 Jahre später ist es immer noch brandaktuell. Dass zu den seelischen Grausamkeiten der Jugendlichen in den dem Buch auch noch der Fanatismus der Mutter dazu kommt, mach es umso schlimmer. Carrie kennt keinen sicheren Hafen. Sie weiß nicht, was Vertrauen bedeutet. Und deswegen bangt man umso mehr mit, dass Carrie doch einfach nur einen schönen Abend hat. Dass Carrie danach Freunde findet und ein Leben führen kann, in dem Vertrauen, Freundschaft und Respekt eine Rolle spielen. Man weiß in gewisser Weise, was passieren wird. Man fragt sich, was wäre gewesen, wenn keiner gelacht hätte? Dass Carrie am Ende einfach nur noch einen Kurzschluss hat und sich all ihre angestaute Wut und Verzweiflung in einem Akt der Zerstörung entladen, ja, es ist verständlich, und es fällt etwas schwer zu denken, dass die anderen es doch nicht anders verdient hatten.

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Es ist ein erschreckendes Buch. Es ist ein trauriges Buch. Es ist ein bedrückendes Buch. Noch erschreckender wird es, wenn einem bewusst wird, dass auch heute 40 Jahre später junge Menschen solche seelischen Grausamkeiten begehen. Auch, dass es immer noch junge Menschen gibt, die aus dem Leid dieser Grausamkeiten heraus nur den einen Weg der ‚Rache‘ sehen. Wenn sich in 40 Jahren nichts geändert hat, was wird dann in weiteren 40 Jahren sein? Wird ‚Carrie‘ dann immer noch so eine Aktualität besitzen? Ganz unabhängig von der telekinetischen Fähigkeit….der Schrecken hier kommt nicht vom Übernatürlichen sondern vom Menschlichen. Und irgendwie wünscht man sich, dass dieser Schrecken irgendwann ausstirbt, weil der Mensch dazu lernt. Mal sehen, wie es in 40 Jahren sein wird. ‚Carrie‘ ist definitiv lesenwert und regt sehr zu denken an. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
I read this book for a book group that usually reads classics, so I'm not quite sure why this book was selected. Stephen King's horror story about a young girl with telekinesis powers who is raised by a religious fanatic of a mother, taught that everything about boys and sex is sinful, and who is tormented by her classmates has had a hold on readers since it was published 45 years ago. At my local Half-Priced Books, I was told it was one of their perennially best selling books.

King knows how to write page-turners, and this book told in a semi-epistolary format is certainly that. When Carrie destroys the whole town in revenge for the horrible prom night prank played upon her, I couldn't help but cheer her on. ( )
  etxgardener | Mar 18, 2019 |
My first Stephen King novel and his fist novel very
appropriate. I did watch the original movie years ago and loved it. The book was even better. A zealot Christina mother and a telekinesis daughter. Carrie who has been hounded by her mother all her life kept in the dark about like boys and growing up totally losses it, Yep great story
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  greergreer | Mar 1, 2019 |
Still a great story. And I still think the most terrifying thing is how King comes up with this stuff. It's easy to think "No way would anyone think to pull a prank like this on another person", and thus dismiss the story as too far-fetched to be really scary. However King thought of it! And if he could, I have no problem believing a pair of horrid teenage bullies could do the same.

I'm just glad that high school is a long way in my rearview mirror! ( )
  Sammystarbuck | Feb 23, 2019 |
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This is for Tabby, who got me into it—and then bailed me out of it.
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News item from the Westover (Me.) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966: RAIN OF STONES REPORTED
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Sometimes, like now, the ivy looked like a grotesque giant hand ridged with great veins which had sprung up out of the ground to grip the building. She approached it with dragging feet.
She wished forlornly and constantly that Ewan High had individual - and thus private - showers like the ones at Andover or Boxford. They stared. They always stared.
Jesus watches from the wall, but his face is cold as stone. And if he loves me - as she tells me - why do I feel so all alone?
Your pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you.
"Red," Momma murmured. "I might have known it would be red."
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Stephen King's first published novel is a fantastic story for those curious high school readers and adults alike looking for a chill.  Young Carrie is an aloof girl with an overbearing mother, who ultimately turns the tables on those who poke fun at her with her telekinetic powers.  For those who may be reluctant readers, you can always tell kids that Stephen King always pushes the limits in scarring the wits out of you.  Here is the trailer to the acclaimed 1976 film adaptation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJe0iV...
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The mean girls tease her.
Uh-oh. Shouldn’t have picked on
Someone who’s psychic.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671039725, Mass Market Paperback)

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

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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.… (more)

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