Carrie

Carrie

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction......

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Title:Carrie
Author:Stephen King
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Carrie Reviews

  • Matthew

    I have decided to go back and reread all the Stephen King books as audiobooks this time. Ones I have read recently or that I have already reread I may not do. I am starting at the very beginning with Carrie which I originally read on Kindle in 2014.

    You might be saying, ”But, Matthew, that was his first book! You didn’t read it for the first time until 2014!?” There are a couple of reasons for that:

    1. Carrie is referenced a lot in pop culture. Growing up in the 80s and 90s you really didn’t need

    I have decided to go back and reread all the Stephen King books as audiobooks this time. Ones I have read recently or that I have already reread I may not do. I am starting at the very beginning with Carrie which I originally read on Kindle in 2014.

    You might be saying, ”But, Matthew, that was his first book! You didn’t read it for the first time until 2014!?” There are a couple of reasons for that:

    1. Carrie is referenced a lot in pop culture. Growing up in the 80s and 90s you really didn’t need to read Carrie to know the story.

    2. I did have a paperback copy once (mid 90s or so). It fell apart when I was part way through. I didn’t get back to it until 2014. I know, I know . . . serious procrastination!

    Well, I have now read it twice and it really is quite an amazing book. Lots of suspense and terrifying scenes crammed into a small package. In the intro, King said that he was working on this as a short story when it expanded into a novel – and I can see that. He was mainly a short story guy at the time, but a bit more started pouring out and he just couldn’t stop! It’s amazing to think the same guy that started with short stories and short novels ended up writing books like The Stand and It!

    One thing that I think people who do not read King but who only know him as the master of horror through movies and hearsay are missing a lot. He is not just horror. Certainly there are many horrific scenarios in Carrie, but there is so much in there about humanity; how we treat each other and how our actions toward others may have a wider effect than expected. In a world where we are starting to treat other people more poorly than ever, Carrie could serve as a cautionary tale if you don’t just look at it as a creepy horror novel.

    King started here, so should you? Carrie is not usually a book I recommend to people wanting to try King for the first time. I am not sure why this is, but I usually recommend

    or

    . After my second time through, I stand by this. I think that Carrie is something to try out after you have given a few of his other books a try. But, you can try it first, too, probably doesn’t matter – it is just my gut feeling that you should wait!

  • Alejandro

    It's very interesting to read

    finally.

    I have watched the Brian de Palma's adaptation, so I wasn't unfamiliar with what would happen.

    However, the way as Stephen King wrote this book was in such great way that the novel is still engaging not matter if you already know the main highlights.

    There are some books that if you knew what will happen...kaput! All the fun was spoiled and you won't get interested on readin

    It's very interesting to read

    finally.

    I have watched the Brian de Palma's adaptation, so I wasn't unfamiliar with what would happen.

    However, the way as Stephen King wrote this book was in such great way that the novel is still engaging not matter if you already know the main highlights.

    There are some books that if you knew what will happen...kaput! All the fun was spoiled and you won't get interested on reading the book.

    in here, Stephen King gave you the highlights right away.

    You haven't advanced even few pages and you already know that Carrie White has Telekinetic powers and something really bad happened in the Prom Night.

    I think that it's the best testimony to Stephen King's genius in this, his very first novel (the first to be published but in reality the fourth that he wrote). He wasn't able to know then that the book will became a success and a staple book in the horror genre, however thinking that that will happen, it is clever not waiting long in the narrative to give the main highlights.

    Since if before, you still have to get spoiled of key events in stories,...

    ...nowadays with internet, social networks, online news, chatting forums, etc... it's really

    to avoid getting spoiled when something that became so successful.

    But with Stephen King's debut published novel?

    No sweat, you can read almost 40 years later the novel, knowing ahead the story, and still you get engaged into the book due the great management of the author on the presentation of the story.

    Maybe, nowadays, it could be a pretty standard way to tell the story, but 40 years ago?

    Visionary style!

    The narrative plays with "current" events in the story with excerpts of supposed books and documents written in the "future" of the story. Even you have to take in account that the very novel is kinda an alternate history story due that it's set in "1979" but the publication was on 1974, and there are many references on the supposed investigative books there with dates even more in the future.

    Other powerful element on

    is that its main topic is still as relevant now than in 1974, since that topic is

    .

    The bullying is main trigger in the story and you can't deny that it's a topic that, sadly, is the same as important now (if not more) than in 1974.

    Because of that,

    didn't age and it didn't lose its appealing to new readers. I think that main storyline and plot are well set and developed.

    My only complains would be in the character developing area, and/or the justification of some actions.

    I say this that while the "evil" characters like Chris Hargensen and Billy Nolan are satisfying developed and with really interesting reactions of both.

    In the case of Miss Dejardin and Sue Snell, I think that they could use a better setting of their motivations to help Carrie White and not a sudden impulse of being good samaritans. More interaction between Carrie White and her mother could be appreciated.

    Changing to other subjects...

    I think that it's a general misconception that Carrie White went insane, crazy, etc...

    Oh, no, no, my friends.

    She wasn't crazy.

    A crazy person don't think in a clear way and it's obvious that Carry once she unleashed her rage, she took steps to protect her work that a crazy person wouldn't do.

    Of course, I am not saying that Carrie was a "sane" person.

    Definitely she was a psychopathic person that it's

    different than a "crazy person".

    Even some events in her confrontation with her mother and later her encounter with Sue Snell, leave clear evidence that Carrie White was thinking in a certain level of "rational logic", maybe irrational for you but when you try to think what could mean to be Carrie White...

    ...you can realize why some "odd" events, have all the logic in the odd world of Carrie.

    Changing the subject again. (Please, indulge me, I promise that's the last time)

    The novel even leave a certain open frame for a potential sequel.

    Forty years later, you could think that that would never happens,

    seeing a recently published sequel for

    ,...

    ...so anything can happens.

  • Laz

    This is pizza, the freaky flavor.

    I loved how intertwined with religion it was. Not churches and stuff like that. I mean hardcore stuff about the point where religion stops being religion and transforms into fanaticism and how a person can drive themselves crazy with it, especially if you already have the tendency towards the crazy.

    And

    This is pizza, the freaky flavor.

    I loved how intertwined with religion it was. Not churches and stuff like that. I mean hardcore stuff about the point where religion stops being religion and transforms into fanaticism and how a person can drive themselves crazy with it, especially if you already have the tendency towards the crazy.

    And Margaret White definitely had the tendency towards craziness. She’s a prejudiced, maniacal, insane person who believes that women are constantly living in sin because of their gender. Sex is poison, sexual pleasure is a sin. When she got pregnant she tried to kill the baby. Now, after 17 years she self-harms herself to stop her daughter from disobeying her like a nice little sheep.

    Carrie is the kind of girl who gets period and thinks she’s bleeding to death. Yes, that’s what happens when you have no friends, or people to stand by you or a mother who’s supportive and can guide you through stuff like this. Every time, Carrie commits a sin, she’s forced by Margaret to get locked inside a closet until she’s repented for her sins by asking for forgiveness.

    If you’ve seen the movie – or better yet, the movies – then you’re all too familiar with the plot and what happens. What’s worth the mention though, it’s the fact that while, I, too, was familiar with the plot I felt like reading something new, something I’d never heard or seen before and that’s the magic of Mr. King’s writing.

    The way he combines the past with the present and horror seems all too real. It’s mouth-watering and it leaves you wanting more and more of that horror and terror.

    It’s a small enough novel, it’ll take you no time at all to read it. So, if you’ve seen the movies then don’t be hesitant about it. Just do it. You won’t regret it.

  • Sarah

    I remember watching the movie when I was very little, I was pretty much petrified by it. The image of a poor girl covered in pig blood, going on a killing spree haunted me, and here I am today reading it for the first time awfully distraught and yet incredibly mesmerized by King's writing. No wonder he is where he is today. A true genius!

  • Mohammed Arabey

    تخيل امتلاكك قدرة خارقة لتدمير كل من جرحك والمتنمرين، فقط بعقلك

    فكرة جهنمية لكنها ليست،فحسب، سر نجاح الكينج

    تخيل امتلاكك قدرة خارقة لتدمير كل من جرحك والمتنمرين، فقط بعقلك

    فكرة جهنمية لكنها ليست،فحسب، سر نجاح الكينج

    ولمن يهوي قراءة روايات احمد خالد توفيق بالاخص سلسلة ماوراء الطبيعة بالتأكيد علي علم بها

    هي اسلوب قديم، ستجد مثيله في رواية دراكولا لبرام ستوكر، 1984 وغيره

    -يذكرني هذا الجزء بتيمة قصص كوميكس 'الرجال إكس" بشكل قوي، ثم لاحقا بالطبع مجتمع السحرة بهاري بوتر، والاوبسكيورس بفيلم الوحوش المذهلة-

    أعلم انه سئ ان اقتبس من مراجعتي...لكن هذا الجزء كان يجب تكراره هنا

  • Luca Ambrosino

    English (

    )/ Italiano

    English (

    )/ Italiano

  • Evgnossia O'Hara

    Δεύτερο βιβλίο του King που διαβάζω, και καταλαβαίνω πια, ότι το επίθετό του καθρεπτίζει απόλυτα το συγγραφικό του ταλέντο. Τι πήγες και δημιούργησες King?

    Η σκιαγράφηση των χαρακτήρων, ο τρόπος σκέψης τους, τα μοτίβα τους, ο εύθραυστος και συνάμα δυνατός κόσμος της Κάρυ ήταν μερικά από τα δυνατά σημεία του βιβλίου.

    Μου άρεσε υπερβολικά η δομή της ιστορίας. Όλα αυτά τα αποσπάσματα από τις καταθέσεις μαρτύρων, τα βιβλία και τα άρθρα για την περίπτωση των γεγονότων που περιγράφονται, έδωσαν μια τε

    Δεύτερο βιβλίο του King που διαβάζω, και καταλαβαίνω πια, ότι το επίθετό του καθρεπτίζει απόλυτα το συγγραφικό του ταλέντο. Τι πήγες και δημιούργησες King?

    Η σκιαγράφηση των χαρακτήρων, ο τρόπος σκέψης τους, τα μοτίβα τους, ο εύθραυστος και συνάμα δυνατός κόσμος της Κάρυ ήταν μερικά από τα δυνατά σημεία του βιβλίου.

    Μου άρεσε υπερβολικά η δομή της ιστορίας. Όλα αυτά τα αποσπάσματα από τις καταθέσεις μαρτύρων, τα βιβλία και τα άρθρα για την περίπτωση των γεγονότων που περιγράφονται, έδωσαν μια τελείως σουρεαλιστική αίσθηση. Είχα την εντύπωση πως πρόκειται για γεγονότα, που πράγματι είχαν λάβει χώρα κάπου κάποτε. Βρε, τώρα που το σκέφτομαι πρέπει να πάω να δω αν όντως κάτι τέτοιο συνέβη.

    Συνδύασε με απόλυτη μαεστρία όλα τα στοιχεία της ιστορίας από τρίτα πρόσωπα (σκέψεις, εικασίες) με την πηγή, δηλαδή την Κάρυ και τη μητέρα της. Μας έδειξε που μπορεί να οδηγήσει η υπερβολή, η φανατική πίστη και το bulling. Μέσα σε αυτές τις λίγες σελίδες παρουσίασε την σκληρότητα των εφήβων και την απροθυμία των ανθρώπων από τη φύση τους να δεχτούν την διαφορετικότητα. Μέσα από την ιστορία του πέρασε ότι όσο διαφορετικός και να φαίνεται ο άνθρωπος, στη πραγματικότητα δεν διαφέρει πολύ. Ο κάθε διαφορετικός άνθρωπος δεν παύει να έχει τις ίδιες επιθυμίες, τα ίδια συναισθήματα, μια εύθραυστη ψυχολογία και ψυχή. Και το σημαντικότερο από όλα, διαβάζοντας πίσω από τις γραμμές αντιλαμβανόμαστε πως πολλά δεινά μπορούν να αποφευχθούν αν δείξουμε λίγη καλοσύνη ο ένας απέναντι στον άλλον. Γιατί τα τόσα απλά και αυτονόητα πράγματα να είναι…. Δύσκολα να τα πω; Δεν είναι δύσκολα. Πολύπλοκα; Ούτε.

    Πόσο κοστίζει να είσαι καλός άνθρωπος?

    Πόσες Κάρυ θα είχαν σωθεί?

    Πόσες συνειδήσεις θα εφησύχαζαν?

    Πόσες….?

    Μπορεί να είναι ένα βιβλίο τρόμου και φαντασίας αλλά στη πραγματικότητα δίνει τροφή για σκέψη και αναθεώρηση αν όχι του κόσμου τότε του ίδιου μας του εαυτού. Κι ο κόσμος όλος ξεκινάει από τον ίδιο μας τον εαυτό.

  • Jessica

    I want to start a shelf of "books-that-traumatized-me-as-a-child-with-stories-of-girls-who-just-could-not-stop-gushing-blood-Down-There," but I can't think of any others besides this and

    . I know in

    they just couldn't stop TALKING about it, but I think that was different, more just perplexing and annoying than actually traumatic.

    Any suggestions?

    Um, BTW, this book is AMAZING. I should give it more than three stars. There! Done. Four! This is one of thos

    I want to start a shelf of "books-that-traumatized-me-as-a-child-with-stories-of-girls-who-just-could-not-stop-gushing-blood-Down-There," but I can't think of any others besides this and

    . I know in

    they just couldn't stop TALKING about it, but I think that was different, more just perplexing and annoying than actually traumatic.

    Any suggestions?

    Um, BTW, this book is AMAZING. I should give it more than three stars. There! Done. Four! This is one of those books where you're just like, DUDE, how did you even come UP with these THOUGHTS? I mean, I think we take it all for granted now but honestly, this book is amazing. I mean, there's just so MUCH, from the scary religious fanatic mom to the pig's blood to the downed telephone wires to the..... I haven't read this in a hundred years, but I remember many scenes in it so vividly, and not just because of the movie (which is, of course, also great).

    I really think this took a lot of guts to write. I mean, the girls' locker room scene, come ON, I mean, who did he think he WAS when he WROTE that? I think he was still drinking then. He must have been. How much guts would that take, to be like, "I'm this guy and I'm going to write this completely balls-out preposterous scene of what I imagine it could be like inside a high school girls' locker room, even though I obviously have NO IDEA. Oh, yeah, and this unpopular naked teenage girl's going to be in there getting her period for the first time, and it's going to be INSANE. Insanely bloody, that's what it's gonna be! Yeah, that's right, blood EVERYWHERE. It's a horror novel! I'm gonna start out with gore! What could possibly be more disgusting and disturbing than bleeding out of one's most private orifice? Well, I'm sure I have no idea what that's like, really can't imagine it, the whole idea sounds totally crazy to me, that such a gross thing would happen to anyone... but being inside a girls' locker room, wow, well that really sounds intense too. Though come to think of it, I have no idea what THAT would realistically be like either! So yeah, but I'm gonna write this scene anyway, gushing blood and mean naked high school girls and it's going to be COMPETELY @#*%ing CRAZY." And he did. And it was.

    But it WORKED. This novel was insane and fearless and obviously written by someone who had this story in him that needed to gush out like Carrie's menstrual blood and crazy telekinetic angst. This is one of the books I think of when I get depressed about the idea of workshopped writing and the internal observing critic and all the rest of that limiting quality-control type stuff. Sometimes people need to tell the nasally fact-checkers in their fevered brains to sit down and shut up, and drown out the voices of reason and temperance so they can let the wild stuff come out, and when they do, that's when they write

    Is this the Classic of Western Literature? No, not by most people's standards, and definitely not by mine. But it is a damn good story, and I'm glad he told it!

  • Dan Schwent

    Outcast Carrie White has a secret. She's telekinetic. When a popular girl's boyfriend invites her to prom as atonement, she accepts, completely unaware of the horrors lurking on the horizon...

    Carrie is Stephen King's first novel and has been part of our cultural landscape since it was made into a movie in the late 1970s. Somehow, I've escaped reading it or seeing the movie until now. I knew (or thought I knew) most of the wrinkles of the plot going in, due to sai King's

    Outcast Carrie White has a secret. She's telekinetic. When a popular girl's boyfriend invites her to prom as atonement, she accepts, completely unaware of the horrors lurking on the horizon...

    Carrie is Stephen King's first novel and has been part of our cultural landscape since it was made into a movie in the late 1970s. Somehow, I've escaped reading it or seeing the movie until now. I knew (or thought I knew) most of the wrinkles of the plot going in, due to sai King's

    and numerous cultural references over the years.

    Carrie is told using an interesting structure, alternating passages from Carrie's timeline as it unfolds and excepts from accounts of what happened at the prom in the far future. The structure reminded me of

    at times. I think Block did it better.

    The story itself is pretty good. It's a story of rejection, acceptance, betrayal, and bloody, horrible vengeance. It very much feels like a first novel, over written in places, but there's still a certain Kingliness to it.

    While I wouldn't say I disliked the story, I wasn't in love with it. It feels like a novellette that was padded to bring up to novel length to me. Maybe it's because I already knew where the story was headed, both because of the structure and because it's been part of our pop culture for so long, I just wasn't hooked by it. The ending was much more horrific than I thought it would be, though. The rampage was by far the best part of the book.

    Possible connection with another Stephen King story: Teddy DuChamp, owner of Teddy's Amoco, is mentioned as having died in 1968 but his son still locks up the gas pumps. The age doesn't seem right for Teddy DuChamp of The Body, though.

    I'm glad Stephen King broke into the business with Carrie but it just wasn't my bucket of pigs' blood. Two out of five stars.

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