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Carrie [Paperback]

Stephen King
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10 Oct 2013

An exciting reissue of Stephen King's debut novel about an outcast teenager with a frightening power which put him on the map and set him on his journey as a household name.

Carrie White is no ordinary girl.

Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis.

To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie - the first step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues.

But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her . . .

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1444778102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444778106
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. 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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Why read Carrie? Stephen King himself has said that he finds his early work "raw," and Brian De Palma's movie was so successful that we feel like we have read the novel even if we never have. The simple answer is that this is a very scary story, one that works as well--if not better--on the page as on the screen. Carrie White, menaced by bullies at school and her religious nut of a mother at home, gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers, powers that will eventually be turned on her tormentors. King has a way of getting under the skin of his readers by creating an utterly believable world that throbs with menace before finally exploding. He builds the tension in this early work by piecing together extracts from newspaper reports, journals, and scientific papers, as well as more traditional first- and third-person narrative in order to reveal what lurks beneath the surface of Chamberlain, Maine.
News item from the Westover (ME) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966: "Rain of Stones Reported: It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th."
Although the supernatural pyrotechnics are handled with King's customary aplomb, it is the carefully drawn portrait of the little horrors of small towns, high schools, and adolescent sexuality that give this novel its power, and assures its place in the King canon. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Guaranteed to chill you (New York Times)

Gory and horrifying . . . you can't put it down (Chigago Tribune)

[A] genius for storytelling (Daily Mirror )

One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep (Sunday Express)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr King, thankyou very much 16 Mar 2007
By 'Chewy'
Well considering that King thought this book wasnt worth publishing it has done surprisingly well, wouldnt you agree?

King has a knack of relating fiction to real-life and this is no exception. Teen bullying, a girls first entry into womanhood, it is all real and for most of us, scary. King in turn makes his stories scary to reflect this by using real problems.

Carrie is a teenager with 'normal' difficulties at school. She however does have an underlying power, a well hidden dark side that is waiting to burst out. And burst out it does in one hell of a blast, and a hell of a climax.

The characters are easy to relate to and you willl be forgiven if you think they are actually based on real people, such is Kings talent. This book is, for the most part, an 'easy' read. The plot is clear and simple to follow. However just because the plot is simple doesnt mean it is any less engrossing. And get engrossed into Carrie's world you will.

A super read that is quite linear with fewer twists and turns than in Kings larger books, but exciting none the less.

He is truly the epitome of modern horror.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is where it all began 30 Nov 2002
As with virtually everything Stephen King has written, this is enjoyable reading. It is also a quick-read for anyone who is intimidated by the length of some of the author's later works. I think the basic premise of this story appeals to many people because Carrie is, in many ways, the ultimate underdog, a girl terrorized by an insanely religious mother, victimized and persecuted by her peers, and alienated from the world around her. Everyone in life has been a victim or a bully, and I think the story of Carrie White does impart an important lesson to the folks out there who are treating someone they know the way that Carrie's classmates treated her. For those of us more sympathetic to Carrie's plight--the high school "outcasts," the "poor," the unpopular, the nerds, etc.--the story really matters here. Many of us daydream about the revenge we will exact from those kids who made fun of us all those years ago, and Carrie White shows us that revenge is not all it is cracked up to be. Carrie's "triumph" costs many innocent people their lives, and it doesn't really do a whole lot of good for Carrie herself.
You don't need me to tell you why you should read or re-read this book. This is Stephen King. By this point in time, unless you are just coming of age, you have already read this book if you are one of King's legions of fans or even if you were ever curious about this man's phenomenal success. Even more of you have probably seen the movie. While the movie was pretty faithful to the book, not even the magic of cinema can convey the true weight and atmosphere of this (or any other) book. Carrie is also King's first published novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When I first read Carrie, I was blown away by the storyline and the style of writing, but the important thing was that we felt sympathy towards the protagonist,Carrie, so we weren't sure weather to condemn her actions at the end or root for her.
This is strange because King recently admitted that he never liked her, and felt that she was asking for the abuse she got. He based Carrie White on two people that he taught in his high school.
When I recently re-read the novel, it does not hit the same impact that it originally did and one factor constantly annoyed me: why did Chris go so far to humiliate her? Did she have a psycological problem or something.
But that was just an excuse for the action, so I'll let it go. If you want a good introduction to the Master of Terror, than you can't go wrong.
By the way, after you read this, compare it to the Brian De Palma/Sissy Spacek film and draw your conclusions on how faithfully it was adapted. The notorious ''shock-ending'' is not in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL PROM KING! 19 Mar 2000
By A Customer
This was the first SK book I ever read. I spent months listening to everyone raving about the movie. I was too young to go see it and there were no videos in those olden days of 20 something years ago. I decided that I would settle for the book and boy am I glad I did. I read it on holiday, in a lonely country cottage in the Highlands of Scotland - best place in the world to read HORROR. This made me fall in love with SK. It was the most incredible experience ever, as far as books go. It left such an impression on me that I kept thinking about the characters years later, hell I even called my daughter Carrie! If you are wondering which SK book to read and want real excitement and thrills, then you won't go far wrong with this masterpiece. It is horror at it's very best. If it is your first SK book it certainly won't be your last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrie: more than a movie 12 Mar 2007
By Dave Jeffery VINE VOICE
Stephen King's Carrie is not so much a classic tale of horror and retribution as a study of the effects of repression. Carrie White is bullied: by her class mates who see her innocence as a thing to deride; by her mother, a religious zealot who subjects her daughter to bizarre and terrifying rituals.

Carrie also has another factor that ensures it is just a relevant today. It's well written. King ensures that Carrie White's character is no mere thumbnail sketch. He gives her depth as well as flesh, and by the time she wields her terrible power upon a town bent on shutting its gates upon her, well...we're sort of on her side.

King uses several devices that made this book different in its day. The use of letters and newspaper cuttings reminds the reader of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Horror set pieces such as: when Carrie has her first period in the shower and the spiteful reaction of her classmates; the slaughter of a pig with a sledge hammer and the notorious bucket of blood set to christen Carrie as she's crowned queen of the prom.

It's good to see that Carrie has been branded a classic. And to think if it had been up to Mr. King himself the original manuscript would not be gracing the bookshelves of adoring millions, it would still be in his kitchen bin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King at his best!
Saw the remake of the film and so decided to read the book. Brilliant! Stephen King at his best!
Published 14 days ago by Janet Sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars It is so good. The principal characters - Carrie and her mother ...
I bought this on a whim having first read it about thirty years ago. It is so good. The principal characters - Carrie and her mother - will stay with you for the rest of time. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Liam Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic.
Received within 2 days, and read immediately! this brand new book unread by others' eyes still guaranteed to transport you back in time to the first time you read it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Love this book, so good considering it was his first ever read and a nice short one having just finished IT!
Published 1 month ago by Miss Jennifer Paxton
3.0 out of 5 stars decent
I like stephen king, but was a little disappointed with this one. Was a decent read, just felt a little lacking from his usual work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Smudge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was my first experience with Stephen King, and I must say it was a really great experience. This book had convinced me to go on to King's other more thrilling works, and I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ben Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
I have to admit this is the first Stephen King book I have read. I am a big fan of horror novels. So thought it was only right that I read the "King of Horror" books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book
Nice book. Good price came right on delivery time and it was a nice book
Published 3 months ago by Amy Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic
I had never read this book before, boy what have I missed all these years. Don't really need to say anymore.
Published 3 months ago by R ELLIOTT
3.0 out of 5 stars A great writer but this is not his best
Carrie is the story of how a young girl slowly develops powers of telekinesis leading to a crushing revenge on the contemporaries who have long ridiculed and abused her. Read more
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