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Christine (1983)

by Stephen King

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This was a completely amazing book. It was as much of study of the town and its characters as it was a horror tale involving the car, Christine, itself. I was blown away by the depth in which King devoted himself to his characters. They felt real. You were able to picture them and understand, appreciate their motives, actions, and reactions. I am a big fan of King and I heard, previously, that this book was bad. That is CERTAINLY not the case. A spellbinding ride through the darkness that shows what people, and Christine, are capable of. It is one of my favorite King books now.

5 stars- rightfully earned. ( )
  DanielSTJ | May 16, 2019 |
Christine war der erste Stephen King-Roman, der mir wirklich gehörte. Ich bekam ihn zur Jugendweihe 1993 von unseren damaligen Nachbarn geschenkt. Da war ich schon mitten im Stephen King-Fieber. Jetzt, 26 Jahre erfolgte der erste Re-Read und ich muss sagen, dass mich das Buch genauso begeistert und fasziniert hat, wie damals.

Ich gehöre auch zu den Menschen, die Dingen einen Namen geben. Mein aktuelles Auto heißt Lola und ich liebe sie abgöttisch. Meine Schwester behauptet, Lola sei eine Zicke, weil sie bei ihr nicht anspringen wollte, als sie damit mal fahren wollte. Und sie weigert sich seitdem, den Wagen zu nehmen. Verrückt eigentlich, aber nach diesem Re-Read von Christine muss ich gestehen, dass ich insgeheim hoffe, mit Lola nicht einen weiteren Geisterwagen erschaffen habe.

In Christine folgen wir der Geschichte von Arnie Cunningham, dem geborenen Verlierer. Eigentlich ein intelligenter Junge, der leider mit einer schrecklichen Akne geplagt ist. Sein bester Freund, Dennis Guilder, erzählt die Geschichte, wie es zur ersten Begegnung von Arnie und Christine kam. Dennis ist dabei der typische, allseits beliebte All-American Highschool-Junge, der Football spielt. Trotzdem ist er vernünftig und nett und für Arnie ein wirklich guter Freund.

King fängt diese Freundschaft, die seit frühester Kindheit besteht, hervorragend ein. Es ist erneut eine Freude, ihm dabei zuzusehen, wie er die Figuren vor dem geistigen Auge zum Leben erweckt. Es bricht einem fast das Herz, zu erleben, wie Arnie dem Wagen immer mehr verfällt und die Freundschaft zu Dennis in die Brüche geht. Als Leigh Cabot Arnies neue Freundin wird, hofft man kurz, dass Arnie es schafft, sich von Christine zu lösen, aber ihre Macht über ihn ist bereits zu stark.

Dennis und Leigh beschließen, den Wagen zu töten, weil ihnen früh klar wird, dass Christine mehr ist als nur ein Auto, und sie noch dazu ein gefährliches Eigenleben entwickelt, wann immer Arnie nicht in der Stadt ist.

Leider geht der Feldzug gegen Christine nicht ohne Opfer von statten und wie so oft gibt es für Kings Figuren kein wirkliches Happy End. Das hat mich am Ende genauso hart getroffen, wie damals, als ich das Buch das erste Mal gelesen habe. Dabei ist Christine nicht nur ein Buch über ein verfluchtes Auto, sondern erneut ein Buch über Freundschaft, Menschlichkeit und das Erwachsenwerden. Über die Jugend und den Zeitpunkt, wo man als Teenager merkt, dass Erwachsensein doch schneller auf einen zukommt, als man meinen möchte. Über die damit verbundenen Schrecken und Ängste. Die unüberwindbar scheinenden Hürden des Erwachsenenlebens und die Erkenntnis, dass die eigenen Eltern mehr sind als nur Mutter und Vater.

Jedes Kapitel wird im übrigen von Songtexten eingeleitet, die alle einen Bezug zum Thema Autofahren haben. Unfassbar, wieviele Lieder es darüber gibt. Und auch Arnies Verwandlung vom Verlierer zu Roland LeBay wird in kleinen Dingen immer wieder nur angedeutet, bevor es irgendwann klar ist, was da vor sich geht.

Fazit:
Christine hat mir genauso gut gefallen, wie bei meinem ersten Lesen, wobei ich auch hier wieder gemerkt habe, welchen Unterschied 26 Jahre machen und wie sehr sich das Verständnis für das Leben und für die Menschen wandelt im Laufe des Lebens. Für mich ist dieses Buch mit einer der stärksten Stephen King-Romane. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
This story is mostly told from high school senior, Dennis, whose friend, Arnie, has just past a car he cannot live without. It is an old 1958 Fury that he saw sitting in the front yard of an old, retired army man named Mr. Lebay. The car hasn't run in year and needs tons of work but Arnie has to have it. The car has a name - Christine. Dennis helps him get it to a car storage garage where Arnie begins to work on it. He makes miraculous progress on it over the summer - much to his parents dismay (who would rather him be concentrating on college and school) and has it running by the time school starts. Arnie also starts to change himself - he goes from a geeky kid with lots of pimples to a handsome young man who attracts the attention of the pretty new girl in school.



By Christmas time, Arnie is completely obsessed with the car and has very little time for his friends, his family or his girl. The car is not liked by anyone else - it gives everyone a bad feeling. It also gives off a really weird smell that everyone says smells like death. The school bullies start to pick on Arnie and try and destroy his car. But Christine has a plan of her own. The car gets revenge on the bullies and starts to pick off all the people in Arnie's life that don't like him or the car.



Soon his friend Dennis and Arnie's now ex-girlfriend, Leigh, have decided it is time for Christine to go. Something is wrong with that car and it has destroyed the person they once new.



This was a pretty good book. I try to read at least one Stephen King a year. I have always been curious about this one. It had some parts where I rolled my eyes - I hate when authors stray off course with "filler" text. But for the most part, it help my interest, and I am glad I read it. I am anxious to see the movie to see it played out.

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  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
Well, that was fun. Nerdy teenager buys junker of an old car to fix up, car turns out to be possessed, people start dying. It's not especially scary for a horror novel, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Good beach read. ( )
  melydia | Oct 7, 2018 |
I picked this book up at the used bookstore after having seen the film on television. I liked the movie - fast paced, nice effects, good music, and all the small dashes of humor that mark both a [a:Stephen King|3389|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1261866457p2/3389.jpg] and John Carpenter venture. In other words, it was a fun ride. Seeing how the film and book were slated for release at around the same time, I thought the book would be, too.

Well, I was wrong.

The book bore as much resemblance to the film as, say, IT did to its adaptation. [a:Stephen King|3389|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1261866457p2/3389.jpg] has been done a grave disservice by the film industry in general - the movies, classics of their own accord, just can't seem to live up to the books. And I like most of the movies.

[b:Christine|10629|Christine|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327270815s/10629.jpg|1150571] was a hell of a ride. Some elements of it brought to mind [a:Joe Hill|88506|Joe Hill|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1279308605p2/88506.jpg]'s [b:Heart-Shaped Box|153025|Heart-Shaped Box|Joe Hill|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328043955s/153025.jpg|1412280] in the best of ways, in a similar vain, I couldn't help but think of [a:Ray Bradbury|1630|Ray Bradbury|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1190744775p2/1630.jpg]'s [b:Dandelion Wine|50033|Dandelion Wine|Ray Bradbury|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170366282s/50033.jpg|1627774] and [b:Something Wicked This Way Comes|248596|Something Wicked This Way Comes|Ray Bradbury|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255682215s/248596.jpg|1183550]. While both of those books by [a:Ray Bradbury|1630|Ray Bradbury|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1190744775p2/1630.jpg] deal with coming-of-age themes, mainly from childhood into adolescence, [b:Christine|10629|Christine|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327270815s/10629.jpg|1150571] delves into the darker world of teenager's on the cusp of adulthood. The world turns out to be a frightening place, and your friends turn into people you can't even recognize.

Then, and only then, is there the car.

Like [b:The Shining|11588|The Shining|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1249804065s/11588.jpg|849585] the theme of anger screams through the manuscript, but unlike [b:The Shining|11588|The Shining|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1249804065s/11588.jpg|849585] it felt much more natural to me. Arnie Cunningham was a character that I think most people could understand - we all either were, or knew, someone who was picked on in high school of that general description. Essentially... this was like a teen movie that instead of showing how 'life bites' decided to let life bite back. Let me tell you, life has a hell of a pair of fangs on her. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
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A POSSESSED car? An insanely angry 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine that drives itself around attacking people? This time Stephen King has gone too far, I said to myself as I began to catch the drift of his eighth and latest horror novel, ''Christine.'' This time he's not going to get me the way he did in ''The Shining,'' ''The Stand,'' ''Cujo'' and his other maniacal stories. This time he's just going to leave me cold.
 
SEVERAL years ago Stephen King published ''Night Shift,'' a collection of short stories that had appeared in magazines before his debut as a novelist. Among them was ''Trucks,'' in which the products of Detroit's auto industry were anthropomorphized and portrayed as barbaric, homicidal and utterly antihuman. I recall the piece vividly, because Mr. King made those vehicles - all vehicles - live not only on the page but in my imagination. ''Trucks'' might also have been the inspiration for Mr. King's latest novel.
 

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Hey, lookie there!
Across the street!
There's a car made just for me,
To own that car would be a luxury. . .
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This is for George Romero and Chris Forrest Romero. And the Burg.
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This is the story of a lover's triangle, I suppose you'd say -- Arnie Cunningham, Leigh Cabot, and, of course, Christine.

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"Oh my God!" my friend Arnie Cunningham cried out suddenly.
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I think part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids.
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Christine is no lady, but 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham loves her enough to do anything to possess her. Arnie's best friend Dennis distrusts her at first sight. Arnie's teen-queen girlfriend Leigh fears her the moment she senses her power. Arnie's parents, teachers and enemies soon learn what happens when you cross her. Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ulitimate, blackly evil vehicle of horror... (0-451-12838-9)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451160444, Mass Market Paperback)

HELL ON WHEELS...

It was love at first sight. From the moment seventeen-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror

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Stephen King's tale of a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury. Arnie buys an old Plymouth that has mystical powers to possess and destroy. She purrs like a kitten ... but watch out when she roars.

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