Author: Stephen King
Pages [paperback]: 253
Opening Lines: It is 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 there with her three-year-old daughter, Carietta.
Memorable Quote: She knew with suddeness and ease that this moment would be with her always, within hand’s reach of memory. She doubted if they all sensed it – they had seen the world – but even George was silent for a minute as they looked, and the scene, the smell, even the sound of the band playing a faintly recognisable movie theme, was locked forever in her, and she was at peace.
Favorite Character: Tommy
Carrie White is unaware of her extraordinary telekinetic powers, until she is pushed over the edge by her classmates and transforms the quiet New England town into a holocaust of destruction.
I love Stephen King’s work. I like getting freaked out, though sometimes I regret my choice of picking up one of his books because he does horror a little too well. ‘Carrie’ is one part creepy, one part sad, and a billion parts oh-no-she-didn’t.
It’s hard not to feel sorry for Carrie, after reading about how badly she was bullied by the other students at her school. Degrading her daily, no wonder she eventually snapped. No one could have suspected her hidden powers, or just how much chaos she could create . . .
I’ve never seen this movie, but I’ve heard it’s just as good and ghastly as the novel. After reading this, I’m determined to watch that.
Compared to his other books, Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ is fairly short. I went through the book in only a few days. It was gripping, the plot moved along swiftly. There are no chapter numbers, but brief ‘newspaper articles’ are inserted here and there, adding the element of reality and bringing the story even closer to home.
I think ‘Carrie’ is a great book for any fan of horror. I recommend you read it right away. I give it 5/5 stars.
Warnings: Violence, some adult content.