Carrie

Stephen King
A modern classic, "Carrie" introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction -- Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time. Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is..."Carrie"

Reviews

Reviewed: 2016-06-24
This has never been one of my favorite King novels. It has that feeling of being a first novel- it's rough around the edges, has grammar and punctuation issues, and just feels... Unpolished.

But there is something about King that is just compelling. Even with all the issues this book had, I still felt King's hand on it. The characters were not nearly as fleshed out as characters in his later stories, even The Shining written not long after Carrie, but they were still real, and I could identify with them. King's strength has always been his characters. Even the extraordinary ones like Carrie are, at heart, normal people put in a situation beyond reason, and sometimes it's heartbreaking to see where that goes. I felt for Carrie. Despite knowing ehat happens, I still wish for a different outcome.

I also noticed, in this reread, that there were a lot of idea precursors in this books. Concepts that King would take away and build on in other books. There's the White Commission which was definitely an early prototype of The Shop, mentioned in a few other notables, like Firestarter and Dreamcatcher. There's the concept of a car having power and influence, a la Christine, and a preview of The Kid. Quite a few ideas to revisit in later books. I also liked the reference to Rage. Nicely done there.

There is also the religious fundamentalism, which has been revisited in some other stories, but never as thoroughly as here... At least to my recollection. Margaret White is almost a founding member of the Westboro Baptist Church. Everything is a sin and God is a wrathful punisher. I could not imagine growing up in a home like that, and it makes me feel for Carrie all the more to think of how terrifying her every waking moment had to have been, knowing that home was less a haven than a prison.

Overall, this is an OK book, but not King's best. Still as a starting point for the career he has had, he could have done a lot worse!
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