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Carrie Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011
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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.
"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)
Top Customer Reviews
You don't need me to tell you why you should read or re-read this book. This is Stephen King. By this point in time, unless you are just coming of age, you have already read this book if you are one of King's legions of fans or even if you were ever curious about this man's phenomenal success. Even more of you have probably seen the movie. While the movie was pretty faithful to the book, not even the magic of cinema can convey the true weight and atmosphere of this (or any other) book. Carrie is also King's first published novel.Read more ›
Another thing that lends atmosphere to this is King's use of parentheses to show the reader his characters' thoughts and impressions (did he invent this? I can't think of another author who does this), giving the reader a real feeling of identity with the characters.
It is also a very moving book; in addition to being a jolly good horror story, the characters evoke real feelings of sympathy. Carrie's plight is a familiar one; King evokes the middle-class high school pecking order with devastating accuracy, and the story, ultimately, is not only scary, but very sad.
It made a very good movie, incidentally. I recommend both. I've read a lot of Stephen King, but this one is still my favorite.
Both home life and high school life are nightmares, almost literally. King opens the story with Carrie getting her very first period in the locker room after gym class. She's up in arms about what to do - at 16 she has never experienced nor heard of such a thing. Her classmates turn vicious and scream chants of "Plug it up! Plug it up!" started by truly cruel Chris Hargensen. The girls then hurl tampons and sanitary napkins at her from the broken machine on the wall. Poor, helpless Carrie stands there, utterly confused and humiliated all the same, looking "the part of the sacrificial goat." The "fun" stops when Ms. Desjardin, the gym teacher intervenes, slapping Carrie to snap her out of her hysterical fit.
Carrie is sent home early that day. Out of all the girls, Sue Snell feels the guiltiest and wants to make it up to Carrie. So she convinces her boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the prom. If you've seen the 70s movie, you know what goes down at the prom. If not, read and see.
At home, Carrie deals with a religiously fanatic mother who never spoke about menstruation because she believed it was sinful. Mrs. White is a single mother who preaches, what she believes to be Christ's ways, all through the neighborhood. When Carrie is "bad" and "sinful," she gets thrown into the prayer closet to "pray for forgiveness." Everything in Mrs. White's mind is sinful.Read more ›
Chrissy K. McVay
Author of 'Souls of the North Wind'
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Amazing convincing story. Carrie is a character I loved and appreciate, She struggle for good and freedom. All the other characters are well explained and understood.Published 21 hours ago by Ruti
I enjoyed his book very much. The theory that some people have latent paranormal abilities in their genes is extremely fascinating. Read morePublished 4 days ago by The Minter
Actual rating 3.5 stars.
I’ve read a number of Stephen King novels, but hadn’t picked up ‘Carrie’ until recently… and considering it was King’s debut back in 1974, the... Read more
Carrie is Stephen King’s first published book. At the heart of this dismal and terrifying epistolary novel, is a teenager named Carrietta White, who has had the odds stacked... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Naida M.
LOVE ME SOME KING.
This book was wonderful and I loved it. It'd told going between the story as it happens and then articles written about the the big scene.
I love Stephen King books and this one never disappoints. The story of Carrie White is of heartbreak and despair. Read morePublished 22 days ago
It has been quite a while since I read the novel myself. This order was for my husband, who is quickly becoming a King fan.Published 25 days ago by curry-foster
It was a good book but not great. This is my first Stephen King book I have read. I plan on reading a few other books he was written, but wanted to start reading his very first... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Scott