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Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie (original 1974; edition 2011)

by Stephen King

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Authors:Stephen King
Info:Anchor (2011), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:horror, teleportation

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Carrie by Stephen King (1974)

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    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Carrie White has much in common with Jackson's shy, bullied heroine Eleanor Vance.
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    Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey (lquilter)
    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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First volume in the Stephen King Doubleday Years set from Cemetery Dance
  MichaelMacTavish | Apr 18, 2017 |
I saw the movie a couple of years ago and I thought it was ok, nothing that special. Not even a really good horror movie. So I never bothered to read the books. Well, that was a mistake because the book is so much better than the movie…well, that’s a hardly surprising, movies are seldom better than the book. Carrie is not a horror book in its essence, yes it has elements of horror, but mostly the book is just a tragic tale of a girl who finally snaps, who after years of abuse, both at home and in school just finally just not going to take it anymore and she has power.

So she unleash Hell. Big Time!

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  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
This was my first Stephen King ever! It was definitely disturbing, but I enjoyed it a lot. I think the theme of religious fanaticism really intrigued me and kept me interested in this book.I think it was a good place to start with King.

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  RachelDoose | Apr 3, 2017 |
Decent brief horror about the brutality of teenagers. ( )
  kale.dyer | Mar 9, 2017 |
This, of course, is another King classic, though I enjoyed it not as much as the Shining. In it, we get an account of Carrie's life and her deadly prom night through police reports, interviews, and such. Carrie White is a poor bullied teenager with a religious fanatic abusive mother. Her clothes aren't in fashion and her mom's a nutjob and she's different and not conventionally pretty, so she's picked on and harassed relentlessly and cruelly, especially during one incident where Carrie menstruates for the first time and she freaks out because her mother never told her about menstruation, as her mother thinks it's dirty and sinful. Carrie also happens to be telekinetic. One night the meanest girl, Chris, and her boyfriend, banner from the prom, make it so that Carrie, who's gone with a popular boy named Tommy, wins prom queen. She does and at first it's the best night of her life. Then a bucket of pig's blood falls on her head, drenching her and Tommy in blood and knocking Tommy out. Carrie, having her night ruined, uses her powers to block the gym doors so the kids and adults can't escape and sets the gym on fire and only opens the door so she can escape. The place burns and there's no survivors, except Carrie and another girl who talks about Carrie later on.

The story is chilling and it goes to show what can happen if you push someone too far, push them past their limits. I never condoned what Carrie did, but I didn't condemn it, mostly because I felt sorry. Her life sucked. She had no friends; everyone was cruel to her, even her mother. ( )
  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
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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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