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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
Who wouldn't love this cockadoody book!! Great suspenseful book--would highly recommend!Published 3 days ago by 1234
Very satisfied with this purchase quick shipment delivery great price thank you very muchPublished 8 days ago by Kevin
I mean.....it's Misery.....I love this book. This is the 2nd copy I have purchased. It is a classic!!!Published 14 days ago by Roxie
Having seen this film more times than I can count and never tiring of watching it, I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading the novel. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Terry Ferrell
Stephen King is a good author and all, but I think that since I'm used to reading books made in the 2000's that I think I didn't appreciate and understand the book much.Published 16 days ago by Emme Q. Gee
now I can't wait to watch the movie. even though it is an older movie, it will be better now that I have read this.Published 22 days ago by Ron Taggart
Awesome book. Only a cockadoodie brat would disagree. Annie Wilkes is one of my absolute favorite antagonists of all time.Published 24 days ago by mike desalis