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      17.11.2013 16:12
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      My first Stephen King novel, and one I won't forget!

      'She sat quite still, letting the noise wash over her like surf. They were still all beautiful and there was still enchantment and wonder, but she had crossed a line and now the fairy tale was green with corruption and evil.'

      ---Plot---

      Carrie White leads a troubled life; with her strict religious mother and the bullies at school. But Carrie has a powerful gift, one that allows her to move objects just by concentrating on them.

      When an opportunity to fit in among society and attend her senior prom arises, Carrie takes it. But there are people that won't accept Carrie, and they set out to hurt her. With their vicious act of cruelty, Carrie's gift grows more powerful, with catastrophic results.

      ---My thoughts---

      I chose to read this book as part of a Halloween reading challenge, as I've heard a lot about Carrie, both about the book and the film. I actually watched the original film while I was about 75% through the book, so I could notice the differences between the two. I must say that if you've seen the film and haven't read the book, you should definitely read it; the ending is a lot more interesting than the film.

      The way this story is told was confusing at first, as it's told through various points of view and also in different tenses. Although I at first found this quite confusing, it wasn't long before I fully understood what was going on and could really start to enjoy the story. The story is told first person, mostly through Carrie, but also through other characters, such as Carrie's mother and other students from Carrie's school. I really enjoyed this aspect, as I was able to get into the heads of the other characters and see the events through their eyes, as well as Carrie's.

      It was the varying tenses that I found most interesting, however, as between the first person narratives, there was also extracts from magazines, newspapers, books and interviews talking about Carrie in the past tense, after the 'incident' as it's referred to. I found this to be very effective at keeping me in suspense, as these extracts never went into any details, but kept referring to an incident that occurred involving Carrie. I won't go into too much detail on this point, as I don't want to give anything away for people that are unfamiliar with the story.

      Although Carrie is supposed to be 'evil', I found myself feeling sorry for her, as she had a difficult life between being bullied at school and being bullied by her strict mother. I think that the real evil characters in this story are the people that drove Carrie over the edge with their cruelty.
      I really enjoyed this story, and thought it was told in a really interesting way. This was my first Stephen King book, after hearing a lot of good things about his stories, and I wasn't disappointed. It was creepy, thought-provoking and had enough suspense to keep me coming back for more. If you're looking for a new horror book to read, or you've seen the film, I'd recommend you read this.

      ----The Author---

      In 1967 Stephen King made his first short story sale, when he sold 'Glass Houses' to Startling Mystery Stories. Stephen sold stories to Men's Magazines, which can be found in anthologies. Since then, he has published fifty novels, including seven under the pen name of Richard Bachman. Several of King's books have been adapted into films, including, 'The Shining', 'Christine', and even of course, 'Carrie.'

      ---Book Info---

      Paperback Edition ISBN - 1444778102
      Paperback Edition price from Amazon - New and used from £3.05

      Kindle Edition ASIN - B0037TPMOU
      Kindle Edition price from Amazon - £3.99

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        15.06.2012 17:25
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        A classic that didn't quite meet my expectations. Does it still appeal to the next generation?

        Author: Stephen King
        Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller
        First Published: 1974
        Pages: 245

        Carrie wasn't like everyone else. The quiet, religious girl was the butt of every joke. But when she is humiliated just one time too many, the small community is obliterated by her secret power.

        In a small New England town, high school students are getting ready for their prom. Talk centres around dates and dresses as the countdown to the prom is on. However, an incident in the showers after a sports lesson sets catastrophic wheels in motion. Carrie White is an outsider. She has no friends and has been picked on by almost every student since she started school. She suffers quietly but the anger inside her builds up. Carrie's bizarre religious upbringing results in constant punishment from her mother and a sheltered life. Carrie has a power though. When Carrie is humiliated in front of the whole school at the prom she knows exactly how to take her revenge. Before long Carrie is leading a trail of destruction through the town, with the soul intention of obliterating anyone who ever hurt her; she becomes an unstoppable force.

        When my dad gave me this book to read he promised me a scary/thrilling book and sadly I was disappointed. I am a great lover of Stephen King's short stories, but this was the first of his novels that I have read. I was initially disappointed with the lack of 'scariness' that my dad had promised me. I found the book pretty tedious for the first hundred pages and once the action really started, it still had little impact on me. I think the main reason for this is the structure of the plot. It is constructed in retrospect from 'articles,' 'books,' or 'witness statements' about 'the event,' which I still feel is a particularly creative way of presenting the plot, but it jarred with me because I found that the constantly switching view points and sources meant that it was impossible to build tension effectively, resulting in a low impact upon the reader.

        The other point I disliked about the book was the clichéd stereotypes that are presented within King's microcosm. The characters are your stereotypical 'popular' students whose bitchiness is directed at the religious outcast. The 'in' crowed consider the prom to be the most important night of their lives and they have very little thought of what they will do in the 'real' world. Because the characters slotted neatly into the classic American stereotypes, I found they pretty two-dimensional. There was no way you could relate to the characters and therefore it was impossible to sympathise with them. I feel that this lack of sympathy also reduces the impact of 'the event' as you cannot feel for the characters; therefore what happens to them seems irrelevant.

        Do I just come a generation too late to fully appreciate this book?

        The one point in the book that I did find moving however, was the aftermath of the destruction. The plot suddenly became very touching once the action was over and the accounts came from those who were left behind to pick up the pieces. They rang haunting reminders of events such as 9/11 and the Columbine disaster, and I feel that this is where the book really shines as it is captures in a beautiful yet sympathetic way.

        Ultimately, 'Carrie' wasn't a book for me. I think the high expectations that I had lead me to view it so critically, but I was incredibly disappointed. I won't, however, let this put me off reading other Stephen King novel, and hopefully the next one I read will appeal to me much more.

        Favourite quote: 'Her mind and nervous system had become a library. Someone in desperate need ran through her, fingers trailing lightly over shelves of books, lifting some out, scanning them, putting them back, letting some fall, leaving the pages to flutter wildly.' (pp. 230-1)

        Rating: 4/10

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        29.02.2012 22:11
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        A really good first novel

        Sometimes when I read horror books, I forget where my interest stemmed from, and the first horror book I truly was scared by was Carrie by Stephen King. It was not the first of his I read - that was Salem's Lot - but it was one that seemed really unique and it was read within a few days. It was written in 1974 and I believe that there were attempts to ban it from US school libraries.

        Carrie is a quiet and shy school girl, who does not fit in well at school and finds that she is often the butt of the jokes and pranks. She has become aware that she has an unusual ability and uses it to pay back the ones who are making her life difficult. There are some strange things in the book and I felt it a bit strange that a man would write about them - Carrie was being tormented for having her period and then it being the period that brought on her powers.

        Carrie had suffered at home as her mother was very religious and she suffers at school because she is old fashioned and perceived to be unusual. The episode in the showers where she has her first period and loses control is because she is afraid and unaware of what is happening to her. Those who torment her are to be punished and it is from here on in that her telekinetic powers work.

        The story comes to its conclusion on Prom night and Carrie uses her powers to an amazing effect. There is no way to know throughout the book quite what will happen that night but it is the most addictive piece of writing I have read. There was no way that I could stop reading it until I had finished.

        Although most of the loose ends are tied up there is one event that made me think there may be a further book on the same subject but this did not really happen - Firestarter is about as close as Stephen King has come to doing that.

        One thing that sticks in my mind is the fact that very few of the characters are likeable. I did not once think "If anything horrible happens I hope so and so is OK" I still hope that there might be a further book written about the school and Maine and how they have evolved since that night, but as it is close to 40 years since it was written I can't see that happening now.

        It is a well thought out book and while blood plays a large part in it, it is not the sort of blood and gore books that would fit alongside something like Chainsaw Massacre.

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        22.12.2009 01:02
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        Carrie, a girl with latent TK ability, just got pushed too too far......

        Having recently finished Stephen King's latest thrilling epic, Under The Dome, I came to the decision that I rather quite fancied going back to the beginning and re-reading some of his earlier (and some would argue) better work and where better to start than with this, his debut novel, Carrie....

        Carrie is perhaps best known for being made into a film by acclaimed director, Brian De Palma starring Sissy Spacek in the title role. This film is notable especially for being one of the better Stephen King adaptations to date and is just as chilling now as it was when it was first made.

        For those who might just be unaware, the main plot is thus: Carrie is a troubled teenager who has endured a strict religious upbringing and who is subject to constant bullying and teasing at her local High school. This bullying comes to a head one day in the girls' showers when Carrie, belatedly, gets her first period and is ridiculed by her peers for not knowing what is happening to her.

        But with the onset of puberty also comes knowledge and soon Carrie accidentally discovers that she is also possessed of latent psychic powers that are just coming into maturity. Carrie, it seems, carries a gene passed down to her by her grandmother that makes her Telekinetic; this is the ability to move physical objects solely through the use of the mind.

        When Carrie becomes the victim of a paticulary nasty prank whilst attending her senior prom, it is the final straw and suddenly Carrie's temper, which until now has been restrained, finally breaks its chains. What happens next can only be described as a bloodthirsty massacre as Carrie lets loose with furious anger and almighty vengeance. For the people of the small town of Chamberlain, life will never be the same again after this night......

        Showing the first signs of what would later become many of King's trademark characteristics, Carrie is a novel mostly told in flashback several years after the events have passed and backed up by fictitious records that include the eye-witness account of one of the survivors and excerpts from The White Report; a Commission called together to piece together events long after the disaster is over. Themes that will recur again and again later in King's career that get their first appearance here include the over-bearing presence of a deeply religious figure (such as Johnny Smith's mother in The Dead Zone or the preacher that features prominently in The Talisman) and the fall of a small town to forces beyond their control (as seen in 'Salem's Lot and Needful Things to name just two!). Certainly this early book at times feels a little raw and untested but one thing is certain, it stands well the tests of time and is just as relevant now as it was upon first publication. With the mention of scientific endeavours to try and isolate the TK gene, some might argue that Carrie is even ahead of its time! One thing is certain, this is a great first example of everything that makes King so great as an author and which has managed to give his work such notoriety and longevity over the course of an extensive career!

        Though this was never one of my favourites the first time I read it, over several years and several re-reads this book for me has grown in stature and is now amongst my top ten of his finest novels. If you've never read this and perhaps just seen the movie, then you deserve to give yourself a treat! Yoy may not know just what you have been missing....

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          05.03.2009 18:01
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          A brilliant author and a brilliant read...

          Stephen King's - Carrie
          This book was published in 1974, and was his first book to be published but the 4th one her wrote; originally it was meant to be a short story but it then evolved into a complete novel.

          There is some controversy about this book and in some school readings it was banned because of its themes and features.

          The book uses real fiction documents like newspaper reports and other extracts to create the character of Carrie who is a 17-year-old girl from Chamberlain.

          She is constantly bullied at school and everything keeps going wrong, when she puts herself out slightly more, someone always does something to ruin it, a chilling horror with many supernatural aspects, when it was created into film it was seen as quite scary and some say that it is still as scary today as it was back then even with the increasing amount of horror writings and film plots.

          Her home life is not much better and has an obbsessive christian mother who shelters and mistreats her child, to enforce her values upon her.

          I really enjoyed this book and have read it over a few times and it always gets better, the film version is also brilliant and i would definatly recommend this to read, Stephen King is a brilliant horror author and has many other brilliant novels.

          I would definatly rate this book, thats why i believe it deserves a 5 star review, brilliant.

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          19.10.2008 14:33

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          For a first novel it is good, but remember it is a first novel

          This is a very good first novel, but keep in mind that it is a first novel.
          The story is simple and unoriginal (in fact his first 3 books have unoriginal stories) but he does have a nice twist on things.
          It is a story of a badly bullied girl who has been screwed up my her mother and developed the power to move things with her mind - a perfect method of revenge. After she is humiliated at the high-school prom she snaps and starts her revenge - but she is not too picky over who she takes it out on. Expect mayhem.
          The writing style is unusual, but not unique, Bram Stoker did a similar thing when writing Dracula, it is written mostly as a collection of newspaper articles, extracts from books and diaries etc, a good idea, and much easier to read than it might seem.
          Generally it is a little short and undeveloped, you will not find yourself relating to the characters particularly, but still considering it is a first novel I will still give it a thumbs up!

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          26.07.2008 18:55
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          Maybe only read for completeness

          Stephen King's debut novel - and probably his shortest too. I am still not sure about Carrie. I think it is a good book... but it's not great. Stephen King has come out with some fantastic creations, all memorable stories. But Carrie to me isn't one of them. I feel bad saying this but I think Firestarter told the story of a girl gifted or cursed with super powers a lot better than Carrie did. I didn't feel for any of the characters in the story - maybe not even Carrie herself. She was just a little whiny and self obsessed. Okay, I know she was bullied in school and there was a point where she is pushed too far. But I still don't understand what I am supposed to be thinking in the end. Is Carrie the victim? Is she semi justified in going over the edge? Am I supposed to relate to her in any way? If the character was developed a little better then maybe. I mean she's not a monster in the same sense Pennywise is in IT. But she doesn't really appear on my radar as human either. I couldn't bring myself to care about her fate. And that is a shame. I think if Stephen King wrote this book even five years later than he didn, it could have been one of his best.

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            16.02.2008 23:08
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            a lot better reading the book than watching the film

            carrie was stephen kings first published book.

            carrie is a young girl whos mother is pritty much a religious freak who has over the years physically and mentally abused her daughter, carrie has a horrid time at school too, she is a social outcast, too plain and doesnt wear the correct fashions so she doesnt have any friends.

            At the begining of the book carrie begins her first period wholst taking a shower after a games lesson at school, they are comunial showers so she gets a lot of ridicule and tormenting from the other pupils and once again becomes the laughing stock of the school. poor carrie was so scared, her mother had never discussed anything like this with her.

            Her games teacher sticks up for her and gets some of the girls punnished.

            It is about this point when carrie discovers she has special powers where she can make things happen with just her mind.

            Carrie gets an invite to the school prom and is over the moon about it but her mother is less than happy, carrie makes her own dress for the prom and things look like they are finaly going right for her when she wins as prom queen but when she goes on to the stage two buckets of pigs blood are tipped up on her hear as an act of revenge from one of the girls who was punished for ridiculing carrie over the shower incident but little do they know about carries magic powers.

            This book is fantastic and goes into a lot more detail than the film, it had been banned in a lot of places when it first came out but i dont realy see why, it is a great read.

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              07.03.2007 00:44
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              A superb book by a really talented author

              For those of you who do not know who Stephen King is (apart from being my favourite author of fiction books!), please let me give you a litle background before I get into the meat of the review.

              Stephen King was born in 1947. His parents split up when he was very young and his mother really had to work hard to provide for Stephen and his older brother David. He went to college and later became a teacher, but writing was and still is his first love. He married (his wife is the author Tabitha King) and wrote short stories to supplement his income, which was not very much. Carrie was his first book (the first of many) and was accepted for publication in 1973 by Doubleday publishers. This meant that King would be able to leave his teaching job and be able to write full time, which he did! (end of history lesson!)

              The book I have is certainly not a first edition although it was the second King book that I bought (the first being Salem's Lot - look out for a new review coming! lol). The book is available on Amazon.co.uk for as little as £6.39 brand new paperback, but I suggest that you shop around or buy second-hand if you prefer. Quite a few of my King books were bought from second-hand stalls at the market years ago when I was unemployed. A great way to fuel my reading addiction without breaking the bank!

              Now that I have digressed from the subject matter, let me get back on track. This book is primarily about a young 17 year old girl by the name of Carrietta White.

              Carrie is a strange girl, reclusive and ostracised by her peers at the local high school. Things come to a head when she gets her first period (at the age of 17) in the girls locker room. The other girls are exceptionally cruel and victimise her for her naiveness (she thinks she is bleeding to death).

              As you read further on you discover that Carrie has always been strange. Her mother is fanatically religious and whilst pregnant, believed that she was dying, and has treated her daughter to a life of abuse to put it mildly. Carrie is not allowed to have any kind of life outside the home and her mother has always kept her away from others.

              After the locker-room incident, senior prom is looming and everyone except Carrie is swept away in the anticipation of this momentous event in any American High School kid's life. One girl, Chris Hargensen, is banned from the prom due to her actions in the locker room and vows revenge on Carrie. She is a vicious spoilt brat who's father is a lawyer who bails her out all the time.

              One of the other girls from the locker room, Sue, asks her boyfriend Tommy to take Carrie to the prom instead of her. She feels terrible for her treatment of Carrie and firmly believes that Carrie has the right to have a nice time at the prom with a nice guy. Tommy agrees and asks Carrie to the dance. She accepts.

              Carrie's mother is dead set against the idea of her daughter having any physical contact with a member of the opposite sex, let alone dancing! She firmly believes that Carrie will end up in hell. But Carrie is determined to have just one night of normality and finally stands up to her mother. She makes her own prom dress and heads off to the dance with Tommy.

              Chris Hargensen has been scheming with her current boyfriend and has her revenge ready to carry out. At the appointed time this revenge is executed and Carrie is humiliated in front of the whole school. I will not tell you how but it is pretty gross.

              And so Carrie wreaks revenge on the people of the school and of the town that has ridiculed her for her entire life. Sorry but if you want to know how this is done then you will have to read the book! I'm not telling!

              And the part I have not told you until now - is that Carrietta White is telekinetic. In other words she has the ability to move any object with just the power of her mind. She has had this ability since birth, but since the onset of puberty this ability has grown in strength.

              The book also has excerpts from the "inquiry" into the events of prom night, with statements from witnesses and survivors. This only serves to reinforce the humiliation and isolation that Carrie suffered both at school and at home.

              King's writing is superb in this book as he draws the reader in from the very first page. I have to say that once I pick this book up, I find it very hard to put it down again and so it tends to get read when hubby is home and I can take a day off from motherly duties and let himself get on with things. It's a very compelling book and really grabs your attention. Well, it certainly grabs my attention!

              This is a superbly written horror from the King of Horror and I cannot give this book any less than the full five stars! It comes with a very high recommendation but also with a warning. If you have a weak stomach or are easily scared, then this book may not really be your cup of tea, but if you are not easily scared then this is a really good book to read. It certainly had me wanting more.

              I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and have to say that I have read it many times and can see me reading it many more times in the future. Although I may just have to buy a new copy as this paperback is starting to get a little tatty looking! (I have had this book for about 10 years!)

              Well, this review has the makings of a little novella in its own right so I had better stop rambling on! If you have never read any of King's work and are interested, then may I suggest that you start with his first book - you certainly will not be disappointed!

              Thank you for reading this and happy reading! Di xx

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                09.12.2005 10:29
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                A very enjoyable read from an exceptional author

                Carrie is Stephen King's first novel. Written in 1973, Carrie would have been scrapped if it weren't for King's wife who encouraged him to continue writing. The version I read has an introduction written by Stephen King himself that explains how he came about the novel. Carrete White is a combination of two girls King used to know at school that were both bullied and abused. Her story is to represent what must be going on inside somebody's head after constant abuse and if they have no friends.


                Telekinesis (psychokinesis/TK)
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                The ability to move or affect the property of objects using the power of the mind. Some believe that TK is inherited through rare genes; others believe that everybody has the ability. It is also believed that it can take years to learn and control the phenomenon. TK is thought to be located in the areas of the brain that are unused. It is practiced by many but proof of it actually existing is sceptical.


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                Carrie White is one of those girls that has no friends and is at the centre of practical jokes and bullying. She has just started her periods, at the age of 16, in front of everybody in the showers. Carrie has no idea what is happening to her and thinks she is dying! The other girls see it as a chance to bully her further by throwing tampons at her cowering body.
                It is this incident which triggers off the Telekinesis capability of Carrie's mind. After learning of her power she starts training to make it more powerful....
                The reason for Carrie not having any friends is due to her Mother, Margaret White, who is seriously religious; so much so that she thinks almost everything is a sin, including the act of consummation! If Carrie does something to upset her Mother she is put in a closet to think about what she has done. This can last for anything from 3 hours to days!
                It is the religious belief that started the teasing on Carrie White. During school she knelt down on the floor in front of everybody and prayed. Carrie didn't realise that it wasn't normal and was picked on every since.

                Carrie doesn't plan to go to the Senior Prom, but popular Susan Snell feels bad about the shower incident. She asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to go with Carrie instead of her. Tommy is the typical Captain of the football team guy that everybody loves. This includes Carrie; she has had a secret crush on him for years. So she is determined to go to the Prom with him, no matter what her psychopathic Mother thinks...

                Chris Hargensen hates Carrie with a passion! When she finds out that she will be going to the Prom with Tommy, she is outraged! She decides to perform the Ultimate Humiliation at the Prom, with the help of her older (and crazy) boyfriend Billy Nolan. Billy will do anything for Chris and jumps at the chance to help her.

                But what Chris and Billy don't know is that Carrie has the power of telekinesis and is on the extreme edge of going berserk....



                Summary
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                The book doesn't have any chapters, instead it is a constant story divided up into three parts; "Blood Sport", "Prom Night" and "Wreckage". The reason mainly being that the novel is constantly swapping between different perspectives. These perspectives include reports and books about the White incident, as well as statements from the few survivors.
                The main perspective that you are going to want to read is the path of Carrie. Having to read the other bits when something important is about to happen is one of Kings well used tricks to keep you reading. He is always hinting, sometimes just plainly telling, at what is going to happen, and then leaves you in suspense as you have to read a different section before you find out the next part.
                And you will want to find out what happens! The story is amazing and so original. When the destruction begins you will not want to put the book down! It is extremely detailed and very graphic, every gruesome detail not missed out!

                Overall - 90%
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                Once you start reading this you won't want to put it down! The plot is excellent and is constantly keeping you in suspense. Carrie will put you through all the emotions as it is so well written and every effort has been put into portraying each character.
                Although not as long as most of his later masterpieces, spanning just over 200 pages, King still managed to create a compelling novel that will keep you wanting more!

                You can pick this up for £5.99, or alternatively you can do what I did and pop down to your local library and read it for free!

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                  One of a long line of King books dealing with mind- powers and such things as ESP or Pyrokenesis, on this part, Carrie explores the tragic world of a young girl who lives with a dominating mother and is bullied at school. King seemed to be fascinated with mind powers at this early time in his career, this appears to be a reflection on the thinking of the world around him at that particular time. Following the confusion of the 60's and then living through the maddness of the 70's, the world appeared to be waking up in some sense. Discoveries were being made all the time, more and more studies were being carried out on the biological front with transplants, new drugs, genetics, etc. It is no wonder that King was influenced greatly by such a decade. Books such as Firestarter and The Dead Zone show us this. Carrie has the power to move things by will. This power lies completely dormant in her for many years until finally exploding out of her in a sudden flurry. It all begins one day in school, when during a shower, Carrie is enduring the usual torrent if abuse and then for the first time ever (remember she's about 18 years old in this book) she has her period. Her shock at this baffles teachers and becomes much to the abuse of her bullies, what they don't know that to Carrie, this hasn't happened before...what could such a phenomenon mean? The book builds ever onward towards a startling and terrifying climax - shadowed by the occurance of the school Prom, in which Carrie is invited by a boy whom she'd never expect to go out with - where her bullies plan to dump a bucket of pigs blood over her as she sits as Prom-Queen...Little do they know of Carries powers... This is King's first ever released novel and it paved the way for following novels just as shocking and original in concept, perhaps the making novel of his career Carrie is a little outdated today compared with his later Books but still gives us an insight in
                  to the pure original thinking of such a great author. Introducing to us those famous King (brackets) characters thoughts seperated by brackets, Carrie in comparison to Kings later novels shows us how much he has changed and progressed in his writing. One thing is for sure, his powers to tell a story have not disappaited at all.

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                    In my humble opinion this is the best book of Stephen King because it analyses deeply American teenagers who are sometimes very cruel. Carrie is a 15-year-old girl who has been bullied since she was a child. Why? Because she's simply "strange": she has received a very rigid education (she must wear long, old fashioned clothes for "not becoming a sinner") and is "ugly" (like a lot of girls of her age). But her schoolmates don't know Carrie's secret... The poor girl is like a volcano: builds up, builds up the anger and it might explode, suddenly... Since her birth, Carrie has had very strong mental powers, but she discovers this "gift" only at the beginning of the book. She decides not to use it and tries to become a "normal" girl. But, just when she's going to realise her dream, a very bad girl makes her ridicoulous in front of her schoolmates, destroying all her hopes. And now the fury of Carrie bursts out : the Slaughter begins. After reading this book, I've hated American High School. There students are divided into "popoulars", "losers", "grinds", "riches", "poors" etc etc and mostly nobody is happy: normal guys want to be famous, populars want to mantain their status and it influences their lives (for example a popular girl, Sue, gets engaged with a boy only because he's popular too, but she doesn't love him). But those who feel worse are the losers: everybody makes fun of them. To tell the truth I don't know if in the reality American guys are as cruel as in the book, but I think they are very similar. (Does it happen in England too? I don't know because I'm Italian ^____^) I think that this book has become famous because students or ex-students identify themselves with Carrie's dear school mates, and "losers" could love the way of Carrie to handle those evils... <
                    br><br> Another feature of this book is the narration full of flashbacks. We read the testimonies of the survivors after Carrie's butchery and flashbacks of Carrie's life. So we have different points of view of the same scene, and this is really good. Also this book is not so long, it fits well with people (like me) who are worried of only watching giant books like "Peace and War"

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                      07.07.2001 04:54
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                      This is a book that all bullies should read just so they know what they could be getting themseles into. Carrie is a girl with no friends, she's mercilessly bullied by just about everyone in her school. At the start of the book she's in the shower and her first period starts. She goes running naked in search of help covered in blood and the gym teacher deals with it badly. She has no idea what she is experiencing because her mother has never told her what to expect thinking you only get periods if you have sinned. The other girls use this as just one more opportunity to bully her and she is bombarded with sanitary towels and tampons while they all shout "plug it up". She's so traumatised that she has to be sent home. She has a deeply religious mother who goes around trying to preach to all and sundry about the sins of the flesh. She even goes door to door to spread her particular views on the subject. Carrie is also bullied by her mother who frequently locks her in a cupboard. The fact that she has started having periods incences her mother and she is again punished. Carrie is invited to the prom by another girl's boyfriend because the other girl feels sorry for her after the incident in the shower room and wants her to have a good prom. Carrie is delighted and her mother is not at all happy. Unfortunately for the mother and everyone else she comes into contact with Carrie that night Carrie is very strongly telkinetic. One particularly vicious girl decides to ruin the prom for Carrie by rigging the Prom vote for King and Queen so that Carrie and her date win. She has something nasty up her sleeve and when Carrie gets upset there are repercussions, devastating ones..... I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I do most of Stephen King's books (with the exception of Bag of Bones which, for some reason, just didn't do it for me). I felt I could identify with Carrie as I had tro
                      uble at school with bullies, thankfully I don't have telekinetic powers or I might have done a lot of harm too. I felt a really strong urge to pound on her mother too though I think Carrie may have goine a bit overboard when dealing with her. Then again perhaps not, you grow up with a parent like that and you're gonna be resentful of her in a pretty strong way. I felt, at the same time, sorry for Carrie and absolutely terrified of what she was going to do next.

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                        31.05.2001 02:07
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                        My love for Stephen King’s novels started with Carrie. I was 12 when this book first came out. I had my allowance and wanted something to read. I came across Carrie. It looked good so I got it. Since I was a 12-year-old girl, my mother was NOT amused. But it didn’t stop me from reading it none the less. This is about a 16-year-old girl named Carrie White. She is a shy, awkward girl who doesn’t have any friends. Having a mother, like Margaret White, who is a religious fanatic didn’t help her at all. Basically, she is a misfit that absolutely no one likes or loves, including her own mother. I really feel badly for her because she seems all alone. Carrie has always been the butt of everyone’s jokes for the majority of her life. But at 16, Carrie’s telekinetic powers kicked in full force. She finally gets revenge at the senior prom. This is the only part I’m not happy about. It is necessary to the plot. But I just hate revenge. I did feel sorry for her. No one was really in her corner. I think most of us know someone like Carrie in our lives, minus the powers of destruction, that is. You know, the school nerd or someone shy or a loner. The person that no one liked. I felt for when the girls chastised her over her first period. And dumping blood on a girl for going to the prom with the most popular boy in school is going just a little bit too far, if you ask me. I know, you didn’t ask me. While I understand why Carrie would want revenge, that was going too far also. But all in all, it was a pretty good book, even with the gruesome, graphic parts. I didn’t think it was as scary as other books that Stephen King has written, like The Shining or Misery. But it had it’s scary moments. And it compensated in other areas, such as having some compassion for the main character of this story.

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                        Carrie is a girl who developes telekinetic powers. she has been brought up by her mother, who has sheltered and protected her from the outside world. her mother is an OTT christian. carrie is an outcast. no-one likes her and it's mainly her uglyness and mums fault. carrie starts to develope her powers and uses them to get her own back on people, by tripping them up as they walk down the street etc etc. the climax of the story is the prom, when carrie is btrayed by her piers, and goes on a rampage. the story has a little 'zing' in it as it has things like doctors reports and newspaper clippings showing the aftermath of carries rampage. in all, this book is good as it shows a girls misfortune, and how she deals with it. it gives people the thoughts of what they'd do if they had those powers, and then shows what could happen.

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