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King's First Book, and One of His Best

  • Jul 18, 2004
Though "Carrie" is definitely the work of a writer who is still finding his voice, it is a remarkably tight and gripping book, and remains one of my personal favorites of King's work.

The tale told by King and King's wife Tabitha, about how she literally pulled the first pages of the book out of a trash can, read them, and then encouraged King to continue with the story he had started, is somewhat apocryphal now. Nevertheless, upon reading the first few chapters of "Carrie" one can see what grabbed her attention. The reader is immediately involved in the story and irresistably drawn all the way to the end.

The story of Carrie White is that of someone who is essentially ordinary (almost painfully so), but with an extraordinary ability. How these two elements come together is the substance of the book, and there is a lot of substance here, both in terms of storytelling and thematic material. King's talent for strong character and capturing the feel of everyday life is already obvious in this book, and it is put to good use.

"Carrie" remains one of King's most compelling works, even 30 years after it was written. Thank goodness Mrs. King had the wherewithal to get him to finish it!

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review by . July 07, 2010
Good read, but left me wanting more.
       I loved the movie Carrie, so I was excited to find used copy of the book and promptly read it cover to cover.        Carrie White is a damaged young adult who suffers intense isolation at school and violent psychological abuse from her lunatic mother. When Carrie hits puberty, strange things begin happening around her whenever she gets upset. Soon Carrie finds she can control these episodes and harness her strange new powers. A lifelong underdog, …
review by . June 08, 2010
   I mean, are the events of Carrie horrifying? Sure. The destruction of an entire town and the deaths of 400 of its inhabitants, including half its graduating high-school seniors, is pretty horrifying, as is the way they died. Is Margaret White a horrifying glimpse into how religion can go really, really bad in a person's life? Absolutely. (For what it's worth, I tend to consider myself a fairly fundamentalist Christian...and Margaret White is not only pretty much crazy, she is …
review by . December 18, 2009
Carrie White is a 17 year old high school student.  Her mother is a deeply religious person who dominates ever aspect of her daughter's life.  One day during near the end of her P.E. class, Carrie experiences her first period.  Horrified by it and being humiliated by her classmates They bombard her tampons and sanitary napkins.  This event is just another in a long line of pranks, insults and other humiliating acts that she has experienced all of her life in the town of Chamberlain.  …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Is creepy but good. For me this is a story of a lot of monsters and the sweet Carrie. She came with the radical power to punish disrespectful and loveless people.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Really good first novel from Stephen King that shows a lot of his trademark style just beginning to develop, but, despite the tempting short length, probably not a great introduction to Stephen King.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Stephen King's scary book excellently written but scary book about a mistreated girl with unusual powers who tries to fit in with the cxowd. But when some revenge.
review by . August 01, 2009
In the early 70's a young man named Stephen King had just married and was struggling financially with a teaching job.  When he'd be done grading papers for the night he'd spend much of his time writing.  The idea, for Carrie isn't really related to King's teaching job at all.  In fact, King channeled most of the ideas from two girls he knew in high school who were picked on pretty badly.  And most of us can remember the guy or gal who was picked on in school (High school or otherwise).  …
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
serves every one right...what they got
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Really creepy story. I read this when I went through a reading scary stories and novels phase back in my teenage years. If you like the creepy, scary stories then this is a good one.
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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 like 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 on the screen. Carrie White, menaced by bullies 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) weeklyEnterprise, 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 --This text ...

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ISBN-10: 0671039725
ISBN-13: 978-0671039721
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

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