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"You speak as though I were keeping you prisoner..."
on October 27, 2008
Forty-two-year-old Paul Sheldon has finally done it - written a proper novel likely to earn him a bit of literary respect. This, after putting out a series of books about the life of a woman named Misery Chastain who lived during the late 1800s. In the (planned) final installment, he kills off the character. Unfortunately, while driving under the influence in hazardous road conditions, he is injured in a car accident near a small Colorado town. Adding insult to injury, his rescuer happens to be his "biggest fan," a forty-four-year-old mentally unstable former defrocked nurse named Annie Wilkes. Instead of calling an ambulance, or driving him to the hospital, she takes him to her house, splints his injured legs, feeds him intravenously, provides pain meds and waits for him to come to. Over a series of months, her behavior towards him alternates between almost rational and completely insane, Nurse Wilkes' goal being to force the author to bring Misery back to life. Fans of Stephen King's earlier works will not be disappointed with this gruesome story of suspense. As for me, it was just so-so. Better: The Dead Zone by Stephen King (my favorite), Firestarter by Stephen King, and Salem's Lot by Stephen King.