- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; 1 edition (August 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307743667
- ISBN-13: 978-0307743664
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,053 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why read Carrie? Stephen King himself has said that he finds his early work "raw," and Brian De Palma's movie was so successful that we feel as if we have read the novel even if we never have. The simple answer is that this is a very scary story, one that works as well, if not better, on the page as it does on the screen. Carrie White, bullied by cruel teenagers at school and her religious nut of a mother at home, gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers, powers that will eventually be turned on her tormentors. King has a way of getting under the skin of his readers by creating an utterly believable world that throbs with menace before finally exploding. He builds the tension in this early work by piecing together extracts from newspaper reports, journals, and scientific papers, as well as more traditional first- and third-person narrative in order to reveal what lurks beneath the surface of Chamberlain, Maine.
News item from the Westover (ME) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966: "Rain of Stones Reported: It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th."Although the supernatural pyrotechnics are handled with King's customary aplomb, it is the carefully drawn portrait of the little horrors of small towns, high schools, and adolescent sexuality that give this novel its power and assures its place in the King canon. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Stephen King and Carrie
"A master storyteller." --The Los Angeles Times
"Guaranteed to chill you." --The New York Times
"Gory and horrifying.... You can't put it down." --Chicago Tribune
“[The] most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —USA Today
“Eerie and haunting—sheer terror!” —Publishers Weekly
“Shivering, shuddery, macabre evil!” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Stephen King has built a literary genre of putting ordinary people in the most terrifying situations. . . . he’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you'll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe
“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)
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Carrrie White is the awkward odd ball character that all of us knew back in high school. Although Carrie takes place long before I was in high school, some things never change. No mattter what generation, there is always a hidden rule that many high schoolers follow and that is "Eat or Be Eaten". You either follow what the group you hang out with does or they'll turn on you. This is what happens one day while Carrie White is taking a shower in gym class. Due to her crazy mother's strict religious raising of Carrie, she is caught unaware when her first period starts while in the middle of the shower. Not knowing what is happening to her, she begins to freak out. Thats when the other girls, led by the classic bitch of all bitches, Chris Hargensen, begin teasing and taunting her in a most vicious way. To say this comes back to bite the girls is an understatement. Another girl that was involved, Sue Snell, feels guilty about the way she blindly followed her group in their prank and decides that the way she can make ammends and feel better about herself is to get her wildly popular boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom. When Chris gets suspended over the little incident, she begins plotting her revenge on Carrie. The problem is Carrie isn't like that awkward lump of flesh we all knew in high school. Carrie has an ace up her sleeve that has been held dormant for many years and now that she's entered womanhood, it won't stay dormant any longer.
Carrie has many great things going for it and you can't ask for a much better freshman effort. King's description of the over the top prank in the shower scene will evoke memories of being bullied in high school by virtually all the readers. Religion gone wrong in her mother will also leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. With so many school shootings in the past handful of years, the ending scene makes you cringe. Even though Carrie doesn't have an AK-47, it still leaves you feeling hollow watching innocent high schoolers bite the dust for being at the wrong place and the wrong time.
King rides many emotions that drag you kicking and screaming back to your high school days and makes you ask yourself "what if?" and thats where Carrie shines. You'll also see a pattern King uses in his later writings where he compares reading someone's mind to taking books off the shelves of a large library and reading them.
4 out of 5 stars
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I don't know even where to begin.
This was ahead of it's time. It shows how the mental destruction and abuse from selfish and poor parenting can be extremely detrimental to the growth and development of a child's learning and social skills. Carrie lives in constant fear the entirety of the novel until the Prom sequence, due to the fact that isolation and fear is all she ever knew. It also shows the hypocrisy of religious fanatics and how religious fanatics are act, well, not religious.
I can't help but make comparisons to the Columbine/School and University shootings and how this book accurately gives a possible explanation and deep investigation to how this school tragedies come to pass. It gives an accurate perception of how awful Carrie is treated, as well as displaying efficiently that Carrie had actually lost her mind. It was extremely powerful the scene where she runs outside after being having the pig blood spilt on her. She believed that every person at the Prom had been involved in the prank, because she had been so cultured into believing that people wanted to laugh at her. It was also extremely accurate to have (Norma's..?) perception of the tragedy in the high school, and how the students were in fact culturally influenced to laugh at Carrie White- which shows the destructive nature of cliques and peer pressure in high school.
I thought the use of the multiple points of view was extremely effective, I thought it allowed a nice perception of what was happening and offered the reader a non-bias opinion to Carrie's choice to burn down the school.
I also thought it was a FANTASTIC choice to include the mock excerpts and death certificate. It completely brought the story into the real world and also offered a media's perception, which at times (through the news paper and magazine articles) were a bit warped. I thought it also added commentary on how the news creates a perception for us innocent bystanders that do not know the full story.
During the big tragedy scene, however, (this might have been used for suspense) I got super confused about the whole clock situation, and quite frankly I would have loved to hear Carrie's point of view sooner, because I found myself waiting to just hear about Carrie's point of view- then when it got to Carrie's point of view, you had to back track like two hours because everyone else's point of view had passed two hours into the future. I like the multiple points of view, I just feel like that was a bit annoying. Other than that I thought the multiple points of few was super effective- I just didn't want to back track after all that.
If you loved the movie, you will love the back story and all of the explanations. If you did not see the movie, give this book a definite try, I burned straight through it and I really enjoyed it.
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