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Carrie

A book by Stephen King.

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Good read, but left me wanting more.

  • Jul 7, 2010
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     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, Carrie now has the ability to bring to justice all those who have wronged her, but would she use her powers to harm others? Read it and find out!
     The book is written like a case file, filled with reports and interviews alongside the narrative. A marvelous first book for King, but I feel he could have gone more in depth with the story. 
     Having seen the movie first I had a more sympathetic view of Carrie than this book offered, though I enjoyed the concept of this story I felt it lacked emotional depth. I've read tons of Stephen King novels and loved them, but i'm always a little off put by his portrayal of women. King would have done well to tap into his  feminine side when writing what cold have been a more complex female lead. Carrie is fascinating, but it left me wanting to know more.
     I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good quick read.

 

Good read, but left me wanting more.

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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
Creepy
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.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
excellent book, I could read this one over and over
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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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