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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 really enjoyed this book loved the movie the book was just as great if not better!!Published 7 days ago by Ky
This book was the page turner of all page turners. It's scary enough to give you nightmares. I would not recommend the book to young readers. It's now one of my favorite books everPublished 13 days ago by Matt
My Most Favorite King of the m All (: And it's not wordy..
Among King's most chilling novels, Misery is an attention-grabbing read almost from beginning to end. I found the parts about Misery Chastain a little slow. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Calasade
Short read that keeps the action up the whole time. My favorite Stephen King book. Enough said.Published 1 month ago by C and B
I bought this book more out of curiosity, since I have already seen the movie, and I am so glad I did! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Trevino