A quick read
Carrie was the odd one at school; the one whose reflexes were always off in games, whose clothes never really fit, who never got the point of a joke. And so she became the joke, the brunt of teenaged cruelties that puzzled her as much as they wounded her.
There was hardly any comfort in playing her private game, because like so many things in Carrie's life, it was sinful. Or so her mother said. Carrie could make things move--by concentrating on them, by willing them to move. Small things, like marbles, would start dancing. Or a candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her game, her power, her sin, firmly repressed like everything else about Carrie.
One act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious jokes of her classmates, offered Carrie a new look at herself the fateful night of her senior prom. But another act--of furious cruelty--forever changed things and turned her clandestine game in to a weapon of horror and destruction.
She made a lighted candle fall, and she locked the doors...
About the Author
Few authors have tapped into our secret fears as adeptly as Stephen King, Master of the Macabre and one of the most widely read novelists writing today. With his trademark blend of fantasy, horror, and psychological suspense, this prolific and immensely popular contemporary writer continues to remind us that evil is still a potent force in the world.
A quick read
It was a super fast read.
I read this in just a couple of hours, it was well written, very character driven.
It was such a great book. I loved it. I could never put it down
Actual rating 3.5 stars. I've read a number of Stephen King novels, but hadn't picked up 'Carrie' until recently... and considering it was King's debut back in 1974, the novel still stands the test of time. Carrie herself was written as a chubby, frizzy-haired girl with acne, introverted and copping the brunt of bullying from classmates. The reason why she is ridiculed in school is because of her imperfections and naivety of the wider world due to the overprotective nature of her religious zealot of a mother - which is completely different to the representations she's had on film. So that gave me a bit of a surprise. The book also lets the events unfold organically, with snafoos and road blocks, where most of the events are in the form of reports, documents, journal entries, and police reports into an investigation of Carrie White, her supposed telekinesis and the events surrounding deaths and fire at the town of Chamberlain. Another of the cast, Sue, is one of the narrators of the novel, told of accounts of being linked to Carries mind, bringing up the question about the existence of mental abilities in the first place... I really liked how King lays it all out there in the first chapter, and a picture is slowly built throughout the novel. Both supporting and contradicting accounts are put forward. But ultimately, it is always up to the reader to decide whether Carrie is a villain. I liked the layers in this book: fact vs. imagination, innocence & guilt, black and white mix to make grey... Stephen King's novel is a well-paced, fast read only 253 pages long, an easy weekend read, something I recommend for all to read, but keep in mid it was written in the '70's so some of the characters behavior feels a little antiquated. Definitely a classic in the genre.
An amazing book that is so much better and richer than any movie version of it ever has been. What makes it great are all the things that simply can't be translated to film - the backstory, the differing points of view, the structure of telling the story through flashbacks, interviews, police reports, etc. What comes off as cheesy in a movie, is thought-provoking and complex in print. More psychological thriller than it is horror, if you only read one Stephen King book in your life, it should be this one.
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)
Series: 22 222
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 30th August 2011
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 10.4 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.16