A poignant and exceedingly thought-provoking work. It is a shame, however, that such beautiful psychological prose and in many ways well-formed socio-...moreA poignant and exceedingly thought-provoking work. It is a shame, however, that such beautiful psychological prose and in many ways well-formed socio-political and economic philosophy should be undergirded by such horribly misguided moral philosophy and parentless epistemology.(less)
While interesting, and taking into account the difference in both time and distance between me and the authoring of this book, it was only so-so. It had a very abrupt ending, with no real resolution.
I found myself at times reading with the bewildered confusion in my mind's eye that I recall from my attempts at reading Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", and had to make large gesture drawings in my imagination because the narrative read in many places like a veritable lexicon of topographical attributes.
Add to this that the story was mostly plot, and I found it wanting. There was very little character development and, if anything, stories are expressions of the human experience--things happen to our characters or in our characters. <-- this is the abrupt end to my review
This is the first fiction book of Stephen King's I have read, and I found myself surprised by a number of things. First, this was Stephen's first nove...moreThis is the first fiction book of Stephen King's I have read, and I found myself surprised by a number of things. First, this was Stephen's first novel, and he took some really creative chances with both the narrative structure and the conventions of novel writing. He used various sources to tell the story of Carrie, which I thought was an end in and of itself, but Stephen used these rather as a means to his ultimate end--an effect too complex to explain here, you must simply read it for yourself.
Second, given my empirical ignorance of King's work, I expected the book to play out as mere fluff--like a "popcorn flick"--but was surprised at how the story resonated with me on several levels. On a purely academic level, I found that it was neither one-dimensional, nor non-applicable: there was a moral--actually, several. I was pleased, though, that the more subjective aspects were not trite or simplistic, but evoked a realism and confusion that is intrinsic to the human condition.
I will not share any specifics, I will only say that I have been served right to have pre-judged Stephen King, especially after having read his volume on writing several times, and I will no more face his or any other work with a predisposition.
Thank you Stephen, for a fine story that reaches into human condition, and for the life lesson in blind criticism. Perhaps I was throwing a few napkins at you all these years. I know better now.
This homage to Clement Clarke Moore's classic Christmas poem, "Twas The Night Before Christmas," is told from a child's vantage. And while it is both...moreThis homage to Clement Clarke Moore's classic Christmas poem, "Twas The Night Before Christmas," is told from a child's vantage. And while it is both humorous and playful, the rhyme and meter is consistently stilted throughout, with either missed or extra syllables. This make the reading quite uncomfortable, and I found myself correcting the versification to make it read properly. It's a shame, because one could hardly find a better example of iambic poetry than this poem's eponym. With some careful editorial supervision, this book could have been much better.(less)