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Misery by Stephen King

Misery (edition 1987)

by Stephen King

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Some parts were hard to get through and I wanted to set it down. That being said, I enjoyed the book.

Here is a review by Srividya: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1551558882

this review sums up my thoughts ( )
  Kimberly_Mejia | Nov 3, 2016 |
I read this book initially when I was in school, a ton of years ago. A coworker started reading King, and it brought back memories of this and other novels of his I have read. So, I thought I would give it another go. First though, even though the movie changed some details from the book, I think those were likely due to budget constraints rather than the director thinking he could do better than the movie. The Misery movie, in my opinion, is every bit as good as the book.

Rereading this book was like discovering it all over again. I had forgotten so many details, that it was a lot of fun picking it back up. Of course, I remembered Paul Sheldon's broken legs, and being held prisoner in Annie Wilkes' home. I remember him writing a book for her, and her crazy, flat out sickening control over him. But little details like losing his thumb and his waking nightmares after the whole thing is over.

King is a master at horrors, thrillers, and suspense, and this book is no different. ( )
  atoponce | Oct 7, 2016 |
this might need to be 5 stars. this was my first ever stephen king, way back at the beginning of 7th grade. reading it now i can easily see why he hooked me right away and has had me ever since. the man can write. this is classic king writing and pacing, with no (virtually no?) missteps along the way.

it starts out right in the middle of the action (not the same heart thumping action as he starts firestarter but still, you're right in it from the get-go) and it just revs up from there. the writing is pretty flawless and the story is a plausible reality of terror. it's completely realistic in a weird way, probably because of his excellent character development (which is thinner in this book, actually; and that in turn is ironic since the entire book is more or less 2 characters).

there is a lot in this book about paul's feeling as he writes, how he knows he's in the zone by "falling into the hole in the paper" and i really wonder if this is stephen king's own experience. he writes so much, as paul, about the writing and the pain of writing and the feeling of the writing, and it could easily be all fiction, or it could be at least some of how he actually feels about writing, or experiences his own writing. not that it matters, but i'm curious.

to me, this is one of his strongest books. i prefer stories without supernatural elements in it, and he delivers a doozy with this one. he carries metaphors of caged animals/africa, pylons/tide, and the hole in the paper through the entire book to great effect. the writing is crisp and tight, the story is creepy and feels right. very strong effort. lots of references to writing and process, and to how things would turn out in a book but this is reality. my only "meh" moment is his description of mental illness (depression versus psychosis) and how i'm not sure he gets that right, but how he didn't need to say that paul knew about it; he could have just said 'paul read somewhere that' or 'paul thought' or whatever, and then it doesn't matter if he gets it right about mental illness. but that's such a minor peeve. i'm also not sure that he needed to go quite as far as he did, with annie cutting off paul's foot and thumb. i don't think it's implausible or out of place, but i'm not sure he had to go that far in service of the story. i'm getting softer as i get older and while i'm pretty sure the young me read that gleefully, it was harder this time around. if it's too far it's not by much, so it might just be me, needing a bit less gore as i age. i can't think of anything else to complain about. such a good book.

"The cellar windows, as if reflecting Annie's paranoia (and there was nothing strange about that, he thought; didn't all houses come, after awhile, to reflect the personalities of their inhabitants?)..." ( )
  elisa.saphier | Sep 12, 2016 |
King sometimes goes places even I don't want to go. This was one of those places. ( )
  Laura_Drake | Aug 19, 2016 |
Paul Sheldon is a novelist who has earned his fame writing romance novels about an up-tight Victorian named Misery Chasten. Paul has grown tired of this series and wants to break free of this cast of characters he has grown to despise. He finally manages to end the cycle he has been pigeonholed into by killing off the title character Misery; freeing himself up to take his writing in a new direction. In celebration of his new found freedom, he has a wee bit too much drink and crashes his car in Colorado. Unfortunately for him, he was found. Found by his #1 fan, Ms. Annie Wilkes. Thus begins months of torture for Sheldon as he is held captive by Annie until he resurrects his own creation and brings the Misery series back to life.

I prefer Stephen King novels where he has a larger cast of characters to work with. In Misery, we spend nearly the entire novel in Paul Sheldon’s head and we miss out on the multiple character interactions that occur when there is more of an ensemble cast. King makes the physical and psychological torture palpable, but for me Sheldon’s inner monologues grew a little stale.

The novel is well written and extremely disturbing. Annie Wilkes could be one of the most evil and villainous characters King has created (at least at the time this novel was published). Fans of psychological horror will enjoy this book. Not my favorite book by King, but absolutely worth the read. ( )
  JechtShot | Jul 13, 2016 |
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When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

-- Friedrich Nietzsche
Writing does not cause misery, it is born of misery.

-- Montaigne
It's no good. I've been trying to sleep for the last half-hour, and I can't. Writing here is a sort of drug. It's the only thing I look forward to. This afternoon I read what I wrote. . . . And it seemed vivid. I know it seems vivid because my imagination fills in all the bits another person wouldn't understand. I mean, it's vanity. But it seems a sort of magic. . . . And I just can't live in this resent. I would go mad if I did.

-- John Fowles

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"You will be visited by a tall, dark stranger," the gipsy woman told Misery, and Misery, startled, realized two things at once: this was no gipsy, and the two of them were no longer alone in the tent. She could smell Gwendolyn Chastain's perfume in the moment before the madwoman's hands closed around her throat.

"In fact," the gipsy who was not a gipsy observed, "I think she is here now."

Misery tried to scream, but she could no longer even breathe.

-- Misery's Child
"It always look data way, Boss Ian," Hezekia said, "No matter how you look at her, she seem like she be lookin' at you. I doan know if it be true, but the Bourkas, dey say even when you get behin' her, the godess, she seem to be lookin' at you."

"But she is, after all, only a piece of stone, Ian remonstrated.

"Yes, Boss Ian," Hezekia agreed. "Dat what give her powah.

-- Misery's Return
This is for Stephanie and Jim Leonard, who know why. Boy, do they.
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umber whunn

yerrnnn umber whunnnn


These sounds: even in the haze.
"I'm your number-one fan!"
Then he would look at the blank screen of his word processor for awhile. What fun. Paul Sheldon's fifteen-thousand-dollar paperweight.
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Paul Sheldon. He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house. Now Annie wants Paul to write his greatest work-just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don't work, she can get really nasty... (0-451-15355-3)
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In Misery (1987), as in The Shining (1977), a writer is trapped in an evil house during a Colorado winter. Each novel bristles with claustrophobia, stinging insects, and the threat of a lethal explosion. Each is about a writer faced with the dominating monster of his unpredictable muse.

Paul Sheldon, the hero of Misery, sees himself as a caged parrot who must return to Africa in order to be free. Thus, in the novel within a novel, the romance novel that his mad captor-nurse, Annie Wilkes, forces him to write, he goes to Africa--a mysterious continent that evokes for him the frightening, implacable solidity of a woman's (Annie's) body. The manuscript fragments he produces tell of a great Bee Goddess, an African queen reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard's She.

He hates her, he fears her, he wants to kill her; but all the same he needs her power. Annie Wilkes literally breathes life into him.

Misery touches on several large themes: the state of possession by an evil being, the idea that art is an act in which the artist willingly becomes captive, the tortured condition of being a writer, and the fears attendant to becoming a "brand-name" bestselling author with legions of zealous fans. And yet it's a tight, highly resonant echo chamber of a book--one of King's shortest, and best novels ever. --Fiona Webster

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After a car crash, writer Paul Sheldon is saved by his number one fan. She brought him home, splinted his mangled legs, and all he had to do in return was write a very special book, one all about her favourite character. Because if he didn't, if he was bad, she would be cross - very cross.… (more)

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