by Stephen 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
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.
On The Flap
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
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 that night of the senior prom. But
another -- of furious cruelty -- forever changed things and turned her clandestine game
into a weapon of horror and destruction.
She made a lighted candle fall, and she locked the doors...
On The Cover
This is a novel about the other world in this world. It is the
chilling story of a girl and her strange power.
Carrie White could produce motion in objects without contact or other
physical means. This little-known phenomenon, known as telekinesis, is produced in
individuals under circumstances of extreme psychic stress. And Carrie was indeed
pushed beyond human limits, as she unleashed her frightening power upon a small New
Stephen King's story will stun your sensibilities, jangle your nerve
endings, and make you wonder even more...
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Carrie (1974) -
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Carrie (1976) -
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