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Carrie

by Stephen King

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | August 30, 2011 | Mass Market Paperbound

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Stephen King''s legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.
 
Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.9 × 4.18 × 0.8 in

Published: August 30, 2011

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307743667

ISBN - 13: 9780307743664

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sad and Terrifying As Stephen King's first published novel, I feel it speaks true of the terrors that lie in high school itself for people who may have been a little different. It is true what one critic said, that it is not in Carrie that we find the horror but in the people around her. With one of the most shocking conclusions ever, Carrie is a book and a character that will not soon be forgotten.
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Carrie - Stephen King Title: Carrie Author: Stephen King Genre: Fiction-Horror I recently finished the novel Carrie by Steven King. Structure: Although I did enjoy the overall story, I wasn’t exactly a huge fan on how he wrote the story. I found some of it to be confusing, in the sense that he occasionally spelt things wrong, didn’t capitalize properly or put in dialogue between brackets that often got confusing. I’m sure if I read more of his novels, that I would get a better feel for what he’s trying to achieve by doing such things, but seeing as this is my first time reading one of his novels, I thought it rather distracting to the story. On a positive note, I was never bored while reading this. It starts off very interesting and relatable, and as you continue to read further, there is more and more interest that makes it’s reader want to continue reading to the very end. Story: The story starts off rather normal, but we quickly realize that Carrie is not a normal girl. She goes through an experience that traumatizes her, and sets off the beginning of a chain of regrets. Carrie is known as the school “pushover” and neighbourhood “weirdo”. She’s an outcast. You follow very closely with the character, and I found myself feeling sorry for Carrie, and understanding why she did all the things she did. Usually when you read or hear about a murderer or criminal, you automatically assume them to be the bad guy, but King takes you through every aspect of her day; how she’s treated by everyone and how she lives. By the end of the story, I felt myself feeling sorry for her and having a sort of hatred towards the other characters. The ending was the most exciting part, and I finished the last half of the novel in about an hour. I just couldn’t put it down. Characters: Carrie White - Carrie is the main character. She’s known as an outcast and posses no friends or imediate family besides her mother. In the beginning, we quickly discover that she has TK, which allows her to do things with her mind simply by thinking about them. In the very first part of the book, she has her period infront of her gym class. She crys because she is convinced that she is dying. It turns out her mother never told her about it, and believes that if a girl were to get her period, it’s the first stage of sinning. Margret White - This is the mother of Carrie. She believes strongly in sin and religion. Her job is to go around and try to convince people to come over to her religion. She’s willing to do absolutely anything in order to keep from sin. I felt as though she was living in her own world, and what was good in her own world, would be wrong to regular society. I found her a very interesting, yet difficult character to understand. She’s willing to beat Carrie and throw her in a closet for her religion. Sue Snell - The book has quite a few interviews with Sue at the end half of the book, because she’s one of the survivors who’s able to discuss what happened on what is known as “Prom Night”. Throughout the novel, she appears to be the closest thing to a friend to Carrie. She does make fun of her in the beginning scene, but feels guilty and tries to make it up to Carrie but making her boyfriend, Tommy, as her to prom. Tommy - Tommy is the boy who loves Sue Snell, he’s her boyfriend. He does what is asked by Sue and takes Carrie to Prom. He seems to be a very compassionate character, even towards Carrie he shows kindness and doesn’t seem to mind taking her to the Prom. But in the end… Other characters: There are other characters that would bring interest such as Chris, The Gym Teacher, Billy and The Principle. Stars: 4/5 I would recommend this book to someone who’s interested in the paranormal, and if horror movies or books are your thing, this is definitely a classic to consider. Normally I don’t really read horror novels, but I would read this again.
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Minimalist and Simple The writing is minimalist and the story, so many years later, is borderline simple. I expected to be scared, or spooked a little, but it never quite happened. I would recommend The Dark Half instead.
Date published: 2010-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great First King Book I found "Carrie" to be a great book, especially for someone who is just starting out with this sort of genre. The scare factor is pretty low, it's is mainly just gorry. But a definite must read for someone who enjoys Stephen King stories and wants to get into them.
Date published: 2008-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. Well written, interesting, fast paced. Very Stephen King.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not King's Best I was 11 years old the first time I read this book and it frightened me terribly. I remember having to hide the book when I wasn't reading it because just looking at it scared me! Re-reading it as an adult, I didn't feel the same way at all. This is King's first book and you can tell. It is a short, fast read and not particularly scary, frightening or even gross. I did really enjoy the epistolary aspects of the novel written from newspaper accounts and books by the participants. I think the scenes of Carrie's mother are the creepiest because as a parent it is terrifying to imagine a parent abusing their child like that. It's hard to not compare the book with the movie (which I've seen several times) but in this case I think I prefer the movie to the book.
Date published: 2007-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! From the moment I picked up the book I found myself entirely immersed into it. It was extremely hard to put it down and I went back to it every chance I got. As with many others, the book is FAR greater than the movie. It is one of my favourite books of all time and I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from INTENSIVELY GOOD... SORT OF Granted, the book is a classic and the legend who wrote it is worth every penny he's paid, but this book is not all its cracked up to be. Of course, I haven't read more than four pages of it, but its not great so far. I guess I'll write another review after I've finished it.
Date published: 2006-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW this was a really good book. i finished it in like, a day. it was awesome. AND THIS IS INDEED A TWELVE YEAR OLD WRITING THIS. it's absolutly amazing. This is my first stephen king novel....and I know my grammar sucks. This has totally turned me onto horror novels, in fact, i'm reading 'The Shining' next. Stephen King, you're amazing. I am you're fan.
Date published: 2005-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I may only be 13 but wow! THis was an amazing book... after i read this book, all i read pretty much now is Stephen King. He absolutely amazed me with this book. Some of the things he put in the story were so unpredictable. I could read this book a million times over and over agian. This is an amazing book.
Date published: 2005-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but short but still good Oh, yeah, it started that Stephen King buzz alright, quite quickly I might add. Why? IT WAS SHORT! That does not invigorate the demanding level to the content of the avid reader. Yet, it was made up for with its spectacular demonstration of Stephen King's talent.
Date published: 2004-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Horror Carrie is by far my favorite Stephen King EVER! It is classic Horror at it's finest. If you haven't read it you can't call yourself a Stephen King fan. You turn the page in excitment and each time and you get satisfactory reading. There are many really neat views that the story is told from so you can never be worried that you won't get the full event! It's AMAZING! I loved it.. I read it over and over and I think I anoyed my friends talking about it. This is Stephen King's first and one of his finest. How does he know how to cature what girls are really like without ever being one? Pure genius!
Date published: 2004-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carrie: The best horror book I've ever read! When my friend in my class at JVC told me that she was going to read a book called Carrie , I wanted to read it too. So, I went out with my firends Michael and Gabriel tp the mall and a bought it. I loved it! A page turner! I finished it in two days!
Date published: 2003-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intensively good This book was a definite page-turner. Between Carrie's overly religious mother, her telekenetic powers and the taunting students at school, this book displayed a mixture of horror, romance, and comedy (that may not have been intentional.) This is a book that keeps you up at night, because you cannot put it down.
Date published: 2002-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Life It's amazing how Hollywood can really screw up a good book.The book's ending was so much better. Never will you ever read a book like this one ever again. It's a psychic-filled story about mousy teenager Carrie and her religion obssesed mother.But it's mainly about her life at school.This is a book for a)the people who were always tormented at school, b)the kind who love psychic powers,and c)those who love Stephen King. These 3 crowds will especially love it.
Date published: 2001-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amaizing Well it was pretty horifying not for the easily frightened..it was really good the was it was different from the movie. the way it twisted at the end provided a change ( cause stupid me saw the movie first) Bto some it up in words it is a holocaust of distruction with a few physcotic relegieous people and a telekonetic teen pretty crazy .
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blood, everywhere (they're all gonna laugh at you) Wow. Carrie was a great book. I could bore you with info about the characters or Stephen King, but it wouldn't be necessary. All you need to know is that this was an amazing book. The plot speaks to everyone. Lets face it, we've all felt alienated sometime in are life, most of us in high school. Carrie White was one of those people. When you finish this novel you may even feel sympathy for what she did. However it's far from being a sappy novel, it's horror like nothing else. This novel was the first in the now overused high school shock horror cliche. In a nutshell Carrie is treated badly by her peers at school. Her home life is no better because of her abusive psychotic religious mother. As Carrie becomes a young woman she starts to develop uncanny telekinetic abilities. For the cruel way she was treated Carrie lashes out and turns here small new England town into a holocaust of destruction. Don't feel I have ruined the book, its unique writing style is somewhat like a documentary. Please read it. You won't be let down
Date published: 2001-01-27

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Carrie

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.9 × 4.18 × 0.8 in

Published: August 30, 2011

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307743667

ISBN - 13: 9780307743664

About the Book

Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.
Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

Read from the Book

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. The stones fell principally on the home of Mrs. Margaret White, damaging the roof extensively and ruining two gutters and a downspout valued at approximately $25. Mrs. White, a widow, lives with her three-year-old daughter, Carietta. Mrs. White could not be reached for comment. Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not at the subconscious level where savage things grow. On the surface, all the girls in the shower room were shocked, thrilled, ashamed, or simply glad that the White bitch had taken it in the mouth again. Some of them might also have claimed surprise, but of course their claim was untrue. Carrie had been going to school with some of them since the first grade, and this had been building since that time, building slowly and immutably, in accordance with all the laws that govern human nature, building with all the steadiness of a chain reaction approaching critical mass. What none of them knew, of course, was that Carrie White was telekinetic. Graffiti scratched on a desk of the Barker Street Grammar School in Chamberlain: Carrie White eats shit. The locker room was filled with shouts, echoes, and the subterranean sound of showers splashing on tile. The girls had been playing volleyball in Period One, a
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Stephen King''s legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.
 
Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey''s Story; Cell; and the last three novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book On Writing is also a bestseller. In 2003, he was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

www.stephenking.com

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Stephen King and Carrie

"A master storyteller." --The Los Angeles Times

"Guaranteed to chill you." --The New York Times
 
"Gory and horrifying.... You can''t put it down." --Chicago Tribune
 
“[The] most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —USA Today
 
“Eerie and haunting—sheer terror!” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Shivering, shuddery, macabre evil!” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“Stephen King has built a literary genre of putting ordinary people in the most terrifying situations. . . . he’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you''ll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe
 
“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)