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Product Details

  • Series: Signet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (November 7, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451160444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451160447
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Vintage King…breathtaking…awesome. Carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Dazzlingly well-written.”—The Indianapolis Star

“Terrifying…King is a terrific storyteller.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Truly gripping…some of the best writing King has ever done…the master has returned with a vengeance.”—Publishers Weekly


About the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Customer Reviews

It is a very well written and plotted novel with great character development.
The story and characters and the way it's written is so believable and kind of made me feel like I was one of the characters.
Mike Pintilie
Once I got reading, I could not put this book down, and finished it in just a two or three nightly reading sessions.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By K. H. ZAINAL on May 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As the title of my review states, I am not a fan of Stephen King. I don't hate his work but at the same time I don't wait for his next book with bated breath either. He is just an author whose books never ever appear on my 'must buy' list.
Saying that, however, his novel "Christine" is a cracking read. The scares are subtle; tugging at your subconscious rather than going for your jugular vein. There are no ghouls lurking and not much violence either...at least not until the latter half of the book.
Readers who are looking for gore will be disappointed and should look elsewhere. Basically, "Christine" is about a possessed car. You don't own Christine. She owns you. And now she owns Arnie Cunningham; a shy, geeky kid with a bad complexion. Arnie loves Christine. He'll do anything for her and no one should stand between him and his beloved car. Or else.....
Stephen King does a wonderful job here. What could easily have been a cheesy story of an evil car on a killing spree, we have instead a story of obsession, possession and the stain of past crimes "reaching out to the present". More subtle, more frightening than a simple 'bad car kills people' plot.
We also get to learn the history of the car and its first owner but King doesnt give all the details. In fact, more questions are raised intead of answered. That, I think, is a mark of a good horror story. Let it be ambiguous. Dont answer all the questions. Let the reader draw his/her own conclusions. Its scarier (and thus, more fun) that way.
Stephen King is still not one of my favourite authors but I am willing to give credit where credit is due. "Christine" is indeed a good yarn and deserves the 4 stars that I'm giving. Coming from a non-fan, that is high praise indeed.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "semaver2002" on December 9, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is a pity that no one writes like this horror anymore. Even old King himself. Christine is a perfect round-the-camp-fire story with chilling moments, incredibly real characters and a sad, very sad feeling washing over you.
I don't know about anyone else but I liked 70's and 80's King's more than anything he wrote in 90's (except Dreamcatcher and Wizard and Glass) In those days King was writing horror in a way no one has written and no one will ever write again. Christine is a very fine example of his unique writing. Maybe there are better horror books than this (and than Stephen's whole bunch)but as a whole they lack something King's books (early ones at least) were carrying. Christine is not only a demonic car book, as many mentioned here, it is one of the most agonizing love and coming of the age stories, with a very depressing atmosphere and very tragic ending. This is what makes Christine (and all King books) so terrific: The real horror of the world is essential in his books: People we love die...people we love leave us...we remain alone in the world.we lose...you lose...
Christine is a story of three youngsters and a love triangle, comprising an unbelievably real and evil car. These four are tangled in a complex love affair: On the one hand, Christine is trying to triumph and spread her evil, on the other hand, the youngsters are trying to beat her and keep their sanity. Arnie seems to be the scapegoat and the weakest link with his repulsive outlook, dysfunctioning family and a hungry longing for love, respect and admiration, which he lacks and which Christine offers him....but at a very regretful price.

Then there is Dennis...Arnie's best friend with all the good things Arnie longs for...Both see Christine at the same time...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ware on October 20, 2000
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The two strongest things in Stephen King's writing are his storytelling and his ability to craft vivid, believable characters. This book is a prime example of both of these talents. It is the story of Arnie and Dennis, two high school seniors who have been friends since they were five years old. Arnie has always been the "outcast" kid in school and Dennis has stood up for him countless times. That friendship is put to the test when Arnie falls in love with Christine, a 1958 Plymouth Fury in desperate need of restoration. The purchase of the car puts a strain on Arnie's relationship with everyone around him, including Dennis. Their friendship was, in my opinion, the central theme in the book, rather than the supernatural events surrounding Christine. Those could have been removed entirely from the book and the power of the friendship would still be there. The story wouldn't be quite as gripping and it wouldn't truly be Stephen King, but it would still be a very good read.
The first and third parts of the book were told in the first person narrative from Dennis' point of view. This made for very powerful reading. King manages to tweak the readers feelings in exactly the way he wants by doing this. When Dennis ends up in the hospital for a couple months with a football injury, the narration changes to third person for the middle third. Although not quite as emotionally powerful as the first and third parts, this section of the book is meaty in its own way. We see Arnie changing from the shy, "loner" character from the first part into the nearly unlikeable character in the third part.
I think this book has the most depressing ending of all of Stephen King's books (at least of the ones I've read).
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