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Paul Sheldon, the hero of Misery, sees himself as a caged parrot who must return to Africa in order to be free. Thus, in the novel within a novel, the romance novel that his mad captor-nurse, Annie Wilkes, forces him to write, he goes to Africa--a mysterious continent that evokes for him the frightening, implacable solidity of a woman's (Annie's) body. The manuscript fragments he produces tell of a great Bee Goddess, an African queen reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard's She.
He hates her, he fears her, he wants to kill her; but all the same he needs her power. Annie Wilkes literally breathes life into him.
Misery touches on several large themes: the state of possession by an evil being, the idea that art is an act in which the artist willingly becomes captive, the tortured condition of being a writer, and the fears attendant to becoming a "brand-name" bestselling author with legions of zealous fans. And yet it's a tight, highly resonant echo chamber of a book--one of King's shortest, and best novels ever. --Fiona Webster
I don't know if Stephen King or this epic book really need my review, however it caused me several late nights and I found myself holding my breath more than once; I loved it.Published 17 minutes ago by Karen Molony
In Stephen King's world you are on the edge of your seat, wondering what gruesome scene awaits on the next page. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Meghan
It was a truly great book that keeps you turning the pages. Highly recommend.Published 2 days ago by Bryant M Lane
I found to be a slow read and was disappointed in the end. I believe I expected more. In all the book was a good book.Published 3 days ago by cakes
One of the most frightening books I've ever read. A real page-turner! The character of Annie Wilkes is just terrifying!Published 3 days ago by lisa Vander Meulen
This is the one Stephen King book that truly terrified me. There are no supernatural forces at work, but there are plenty of demons.Published 5 days ago by MSchzzzzzzzz
The book was good. I did not want to abandon this book. It was not a fav of mine. But I couldn't abandon it.
But I am not sure about this Ebook. Read more
Misery, the first fiction I read by King or Stevie as I like to call him, that is in fact the nickname he calls himself in one of the best books I ever read: On Writing. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Farnoosh Brock
This is a great big scary novel with the most insight on writing, I've ever read. I'm only 31,and yes, I saw the movie first. Read morePublished 14 days ago by paul