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Misery Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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This terrifying story of imprisonment by a demented fan is one of the greatest thrillers ever written (James Smythe)
Not since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat (Guardian)
King's new novel, about a writer held hostage by his self-proclaimed "number-one fan,'' is unadulteratedly terrifying. Paul Sheldon, a writer of historical romances, is in a car accident; rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes, he slowly realizes that salvation can be worse than death. Sheldon has killed off Misery Chastain, the popular protagonist of his Misery series and Annie, who has a murderous past, wants her back. Keeping the paralyzed Sheldon prisoner, she forces him to revive the character in a continuation of the series, and she reads each page as it comes out of the typewriter; there is a joyously Dickensian novel within a novel here, and it appears in faded typescript. Studded among the frightening moments are sparkling reflections on the writer and his audience, on the difficulties, joys and responsibilities of being a storyteller, on the nature of the muse, on the differences between "serious'' and "popular'' writing. Sheldon is a revealingly autobiographical figure; Annie is not merely a monster but is subtly and often touchingly portrayed, allowing hostage and keeper a believable, if twisted, relationship. The best parts of this novel demand that we take King seriously as a writer with a deeply felt understanding of human psychology. (Publishers Weekly)
A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel (Sunday Times)
One of the great storytellers of our time (Guardian)
'America's greatest living novelist' (Lee Child)
'[A] genius for storytelling' (Daily Mirror)
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However, I have never picked up a Stephen King novel, until now.
In hindsight I found this a good thing as I could appreciate not only the characters, but the setting and storylines and brilliance in the fear that Paul must have felt. I am unsure I would have grasped this the same way when I was younger.
Misery was a creepy, horrific read, but extremely clever and mind bending. I loved it! I was hooked in and thought the premise of the storyline so different and what a clever, clever plotline to follow. At times the reading was slow, but this was due to me having a break from reading and I was secretly savouring the read....
I thought how Paul managed to try to play Annie was clever and how devious her mind worked, I felt for her...
A whole new world of reading King has opened up. Looking forward to reading more.
I highly recommend this book. Happy reading.
Misery is the tale of Paul Sheldon, a "popular" author who travels from his home in New York, to a hotel whereas to fnish his final attempt at mainstream writing in his novel "Fast Cars". In a drunken celebration at the finish of this mainstream novel, he has a drunken urge to drive to los angeles, rather than going home.
On his way there, Paul Sheldon finds himself in a catastrophic crash and awakens not in a hospital bed but in an unknown bed with Annie Wilkes, his "Rescuer" leaning over him with a smile on her face.
During Paul Sheldon's writing career, he wrote his best known series of Misery Chastain novels and Annie Wilkes believe these to be his magnum opus, little to her knowledge in Paul Sheldon's last Misery Chastain book, Misery's Child he finally manages to kill off the main character (Misery) so as to pursue his true dream of becoming a mainstream writer, and thats where Paul Sheldon's problems start.
Annie Wilkes is his "Number One Fan" and believes that the Misery Chastain series will continue for ever. She owns all of the previous novels and reads them repeatedly. When Misery's Child is finally released she goes into town to buy her reserved copy.
Paul Sheldon must now write to stay alive, fighting his newfound addiction to Novril, the painkiller Annie has been feeding him since his rescue and the overhanging knowledge that Annie's temprament could end his life for good at any point. Time to bite your tongue.