A modern classic, Carrie introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction -- Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time.
Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is...Carrie
Um, BTW, this book is AMAZING. I should give it more than three stars. There! Done. Four! This is one of thos...more
I hope Its never too late applies for me here and all will be forgiven.
I would have given this book 5-Stars but as I have already read a few books by Stephen King, I am well aware that he is capable of writing better stuff. Hence 1 Star less.
The opening scene. My goodness! Since that scene itself I developed a deep sympathy towards the main character. Poor Carrie...more
Which is precisely part of it's appeal for me. Although no literary juggernaut, it can be recognised as a modern/cult classic for it's quaint, pulpy nostalgic feel (back in a time when telekinesis, sp...more
Stephen Kings Recipe for Disaster
1 telekenetically talented teeanged outcast
1 sexually repressed , religious fanatic, over bearing, abusive mother
3 to 4 teenaged sex obsessed highschool girl bullies
1 part time friend
mix carefully and wait for first signs of puberty during addition of a sprinkling of water.
beat furiously until tears and hysteria bring o...more
Carrie was abused by her religiously fanatic mother and reviled and bullied by her classmates. When she reaches puberty she gains a telekinetic ability. She can move things with her mind.
Others have called this “haunting sheer terror” and “gory and horrifying.” I feared the horror would keep me awake at night. But it did not. Actually it put me in a good mood.
I saw the movie years ago and I...more
King pieces together Carrie's story through a series of reports and articles concerning a telekinetic catastrophe in Maine. I knew how terrible the end would be before it even happened, so reading the book was an excruciating experience - the dread just kept building page after page, I could see what everyt...more
A large part of this,...more
In at least 4 instances in Carrie, an authority figure slaps someone in hysterics and behold! The nut-in-question reconnects with sanity! Every time it happens, it is presented as logical, sane and humanitarian. This is something I've only ever seen in old movies (example: just yesterday I watched as John Wayne slapped an unhinged child in Red River), but I imagine in real life you have to be pretty bold to try this...more
I first read Carrie as a freshman in high school, and afterward I went on...more
A lot of water has run since the 70s and the release of “Carrie”, a lot of novels appeared on the market and for that mat...more
A few things to keep in mind.
1. This is King at his earliest and best. This book is true to its genre- horror. It lives up to every expectation that comes with that.
2. Like I said, this is King. He will kill anyone and everyone. He likes to kill your favorite characters. Usually the more you like them, the more gruesome their deaths. But, he gets the bad ones, too. Oh they certainly get what's coming to them.
3. You may want to quit before...more
The plot is, in fact, quite simple. Carrie White is telekinetic. She gets pushed over the edge, so she fights back.
But what's somewhat interesting (it's actually amazing if you're a teenager) is how this whole situation is gradually built.
You'll find different types of characters in her life -- the religiously insane (her mother), the stereotype "mean girls", the football jock that has a brain for a change, and plain,...more
I have been avoiding writing a review for Carrie for four days or so. It is really hard to write a review a book that you really wanted to enjoy and had really high expectations for. Carrie was one of those books that I wanted to read for a while now and so I had to finally pick it up from the library. To say Carrie was disappointing is merely an understatement.
Carrie is one of the most popular horror stories of all time and so most people have seen the 1970's film or hav...more
For me, it was a good read. Some of the parts got a little tedius, but overall, it was a good book. A little immature in the King realm, but that's to be expec...more
By Stephen King
253pp New York, NY
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group $7.99
Do telekinetic powers really exist? What about telepathy? Well, it hasn’t been scientifically proven to exist, but in Carrie , it definitely does. Carrie is a high school girl with ESP, a religion- fanatic mother, and is often bullied by other girls in her school for being ugly and antisocial.
The story starts off with a humiliating incident in the girl’s locker room. Chris Hargensen leads a g...more
It is told in the present tense with a third person omniscient narrative as well as the past tense done through newspaper clippings, book excerpts and court proceeding transcripts. As you begin the story you know something horrible has happened but it isn't until the last of the book that you realize just how devastating the outcome really was. It's a technique I can...more
works turned into either a feature film or a made-for-tv movie or miniseries. In my opinion, you would be hard-pressed to find someone in the modern world who does not know who Stephen King is.
When I was thirteen, It was turned into a miniseries and I loved it so much I purchased a copy of the book and jumped right in. Two hundred pages or so into it, I gave it up for lost. Few years la...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family...more