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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) 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Stephen King and Carrie
"A master storyteller." --The Los Angeles Times
"Guaranteed to chill you." --The New York Times
"Gory and horrifying.... You can't put it down." --Chicago Tribune
“[The] most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —USA Today
“Eerie and haunting—sheer terror!” —Publishers Weekly
“Shivering, shuddery, macabre evil!” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Stephen King has built a literary genre of putting ordinary people in the most terrifying situations. . . . he’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you'll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe
“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)
Certainly not Kong's best, but still a really good read. A little rough (you could tell mitt was his first novel), but still very enjoyable and a pretty quick read.Published 29 minutes ago by IndyNorm
After reading On Writing and The Shining this year I wanted to see how King began his career, which led me to Carrie. Read morePublished 4 days ago by shorester
Worth reading if you are a Stephen King fan. Still holds up today. Timeless from the master of horror and suspense.Published 20 days ago by pedro1
This was a fast read. Definitely kept your attention the whole time. Of course it was different than either of the movies but not as much as I thought. Definitely recommend!Published 25 days ago by howdy2u
I love HIM and I enjoyed the basis of the book but I didn't like the way it was written. Part narrative then part "research" on what happenedPublished 1 month ago by leftygirl
The best thing about Carrie is the extremely clever manner in which it is written and all views of the story being told given. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Kohler
I enjoyed reading that book but to be honest, sometimes I had a really hard time to keep up with the ever changing perspectives. Still, worth reading!Published 1 month ago by thebluefruit
I am almost hard pressed to give this one 3 stars. I just never really got into the flow of this book and I did not find it to be scary or very suspenseful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Bartlett