- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Hodder And Stoughton (13 October 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444720694
- ISBN-13: 978-1444720693
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Carrie Paperback – 13 Oct 2011
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[A] genius for storytelling
One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep
Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates, is a Classic. CARRIE is the novel which set him on the road to the Number One bestselling author King is today.See all Product description
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And that's not a spoiler. We find out pretty early on that Carrie kills many people in her highschool. The specific circumstances and what really broke her, not to mention the extent of the harm, is more or less hidden but we get a general idea of what will happen. That's what I was talking about with the format. About a third of the book (maybe more) is in the form of reports, interviews, stories or analysis of the incident. The fact that this is set in the normal world in which telekinetic abilities are not supposed to exist is a topic of major discussion.
And I really liked the format. Most of the time, I'm wary of books that use different formats because it's often used as a gimmick rather that something that contributes to the story (like in Everything Everything).
But here, the discussions and reports regarding the incident were very interesting. They not only gave us a good study on how people would react to such a thing, but also created a sense of dread, which I'm guessing was the purpose. The story of what happened with Carrie White is a big deal and it was treated that way, but the reports never seemed to keep in mind the fact that Carrie was just a young girl, a human being, and not a thing that happened to people. That's exactly how stuff goes down in real life and I like that King understood and portrayed that.
Also, Carrie's perspective was definitely enlightening. That and the reports and stuff I mentioned were my favourite part of the novel. The rest, the perspectives from other people, I couldn't really get in to. Especially Chris, who you could call the "villain" of the story. Her character just didn't click with me.
Another thing I didn't love about the book was the street and shop names. I get that, with King, the towns his stories are set in are just as important as the people, but the constant telling of what avenue or street we were on got confusing and became a hassle. I also thing King may have overdone it with the extent of bullying that goes on in school, even with teachers involved; though I did like the principal. But maybe the severity was necessary for the end result. Also, I don't know what went down in American school in the 70s so... I can't really say for sure.
Overall, this was a book that was very different from what I was expecting. It was very interesting. I liked seeing the different angles from which the incident was viewed. And the fact that this was King's first novel... safe to say that I'm looking forward to read more.
Carrie, a socially outcast girl, is often bullied at school, probably because of her family background. Apart from getting bullied at school, she had to face her over protective mother Margaret White's torture (be it mental or physical) who is an extreme religious fanatic forcing her conservative, irrational and absurd beliefs on her. .Following her rampage and her going on killing spree to all the wrong doers with the power of telekinesis.
I really do have all my empathy for Carrie for the things she faced that were truly unfair and mean. This novel is horrifying and amusing, but more than that it is depressing.
The characterization of Carrie is very precise and clear.
The unfolding of events which lead to the final catastrophe is really good.
Overall, this is a very good book. A page turner
Now, this book wasnt as long as the other Stephen King's books, but it was good just the same. Not much detailed, but the story warns bullies, encourages good things, and haunts. The storytelling couldnt be any better. Cool, so, to make a long story short. A must read for horror fans!
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