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Misery Paperback – 1 Nov 1988

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (1 Nov. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450417395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450417399
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Misery, as in The Shining, a writer is trapped in an evil house during a Colorado winter. Each novel bristles with claustrophobia, stinging insects, and the threat of a lethal explosion. Each is about a writer faced with the dominating monster of his unpredictable muse.

Paul Sheldon, the hero of Misery, sees himself as a caged parrot who must return to Africa in order to be free. Thus, in the novel within a novel, the romance novel that his mad captor-nurse, Annie Wilkes, forces him to write, he goes to Africa--a mysterious continent that evokes for him the frightening, implacable solidity of a woman's (Annie's) body. The manuscript fragments he produces tell of a great Bee Goddess, an African queen reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard's She.

He hates her, he fears her, he wants to kill her; but all the same he needs her power. Annie Wilkes literally breathes life into him.

Misery touches on several large themes: the state of possession by an evil being, the idea that art is an act in which the artist willingly becomes captive, the tortured condition of being a writer, and the fears attendant to becoming a "brand-name" best selling author with legions of zealous fans. And yet it's a tight, highly resonant echo chamber of a book--one of King's shortest, and best novels ever. --Fiona Webster

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An incredibly gifted writer (Guardian)

As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class (The Times)

Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers...getting hooked is easy (Frances Fyfield, Express)

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