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Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie (edition 2011)

by Stephen King

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Authors:Stephen King
Info:Anchor (2011), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Karly Brown
Tags:Horror, Adults, Girls

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Carrie by Stephen King

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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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Classic tale by Stephen King. A must read! ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Carrie White has always been the butt of jokes since she started elementary school. Once she hits puberty Carrie rediscovers that she is telekenetic. After a cruel trick is played onher at the school prom Carrie wreaks her vengeance. This book didn't really freak me out until the end bu Stephen King did a really good job of making people empathize with Carrie. Despite what she does she is the most likeable character in the book. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Audiobook performed by Sissy Spacek

Carrie White is the kid everyone picks on. Unsure and set apart by her mother’s extreme religious beliefs, she struggles to fit in with the high school crowd, but is taunted by everyone. Things begin to escalate when she has her first menstrual cycle while in gym class. Sue participates at first, but is ashamed of her behavior and, in an effort to atone and extend some kindness to Carrie, convinces her boyfriend, Tommy, to take the unpopular girl to the Senior Prom. This sets up the horrific tragedy to come.

I first read this back when it was a new book in 1974. I was fascinated and horrified. The movie, starring Sissy Spacek as Carrie, was excellent, and I have to admit that re-reading it now, I can’t help but picture images from the film.

I had forgotten King’s style in this novel – using a series of “quotes” from fictitious articles, news reports, etc interspersed throughout the work. It was not a problem as I was listening to the audio, but when I picked up the paperback to finish the last 70 or so pages that style seemed jarring to me.

Still, it’s a great story. King captures the reader’s attention immediately and builds the suspense throughout.

Sissy Spacek does a marvelous job performing the audio version. She is such a talented performer she made the story flow despite the style King used in this novel. Of course, Spacek performed the movie role, and is forever linked to this novel, so that added to the listening experience for me, even though not all of the novel is told in Carrie’s voice.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 14, 2016 |
Great book! A must read. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
Great book! A must read. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
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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
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.

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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