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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
While I enjoyed Pet Semetary more than this work, Stephen King does place you into what it would be like to be trapped by a lunatic. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Seeking Disciple
Includes everything that makes it classic King. Easily one of his best.Published 13 days ago by K. Agurcia
This is one of his best books. I have read it once only and I still know is almost by heart :)Published 14 days ago by Ameretat
I absolutely love this book. Honestly maybe even more than the movie itself...though isn't that how it usually goes?? Read morePublished 14 days ago by LB
In MISERY, Stephen King explores the suffering of writing and drug addiction, with nemesis Annie Wilkes playing both demanding reader and capricious pusher. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rick Wiedeman
LOVE this book even more than the movie. Such great detail. Stephen King is a fantastic author!Published 1 month ago by b
Is Paul Sheldon Stephen King or the other way around? This tale seems to me to give a glimpse into what it takes for an author to write a book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Mill