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Carrie Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2002
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Prize. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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It's an interesting tale that's even more appropriate in this day and age, given the rise in school teasing thanks to the internet and cyber-bullying. It's also interestingly written, with a good portion of the story told in epistolary fashion -- in other words, a lot of the story is told through newspaper clippings, interviews, letters, etc. All of this felt a little unusual for a Stephen King novel, and I've read that he didn't really think too much of it after it was written. But again, it was his first novel, and a pretty great one at that.
If you're a Stephen King fan, it's a must read. If you're looking to get into King, but don't want to dive head first into one of his magnificent epics, this is also a great place to start.
Some of the science/establishment reaction feels a bit dated, but overall the novel still feels quite contemporary.
The interspersion of clippings from newspaper articles and books was an interesting way to give exposition. It also allowed a good deal of foreshadowing, which King is very skilled at.
Overall, Carrie was an entertaining read and a good preview of King's style which he continued to hone over his prolific career.
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Carrie has few characters that are really developed.Read more