Carrie by Stephen King

carrieThis is my first taste of Stephen King. This is also the author’s first horror novel. I am fortunate to be able to read his work by the age of eleven. King is the author of more then fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Dumma Key; Lisey’s story; Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower Saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah and the Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction On Writing is also a bestseller. In 2003, he was awarded 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.

Carietta White, or Carrie, may be picked on, teased and ridiculed by her classmates but she has a gift. She can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. This becomes her power and also, her problem. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offers Carrie a chance to be normal… until an unexpected cruelty turns her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that no one will ever forget.

Carrie’s special talent is called telekinesis, in other words levitation. It is a physic ability (of course, supernatural) allowing a person to move objects with mind. I think this subject also involves in Ronald Dahl’s book Matilda, but in a different theory (brain boredom because of nothing to do).

Carrie has a mother who is too devoted with religion. Her husband (Carrie’s father) is also devoted with religion. When Carrie’s mother, Margaret White finds out that she is pregnant with Carrie, she goes crazy and thinks that she commits a really bad sin. Margaret also forces Carrie to do religion too, by doing certain child abuse issues, like locking Carrie inside a closet, forcing her to pray, and feeding her wrong the information just because ‘the bible says this’.

Carrie doesn’t have friends, mainly because of her weirdness. There is a shower incident when she receives her first period at the age of sixteen. Rather than comforting the frightened Carrie, everybody freaks out and starts throwing tampons and sanitary napkins at her. Sue Snell, feels guilty and sends her boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to bring her to the senior prom.

The prom is a disaster. Chris Hagerson, the leader of the prank in the shower room, is banned from the prom. She and her boyfriend, Billy Nolan, hatch a plan to give Carrie her revenge. Billy kills a pig and drains its blood in two buckets. Then Chris’s friend put in fake slips, so Carrie and Tommy gets elected King and Queen of the prom. Pig blood falls, and one of the buckets crashed on Tommy’s head, wounding him and then killing him.

“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. That’s what one of the medias said about Stephen King. I agree with The Boston Globe.

This book is scary in many ways. I find out that Telekinetic is one of the horrors in this book, beside its gory and horrifying story plot. It also tells me the concept of bullying, and why do the schools ban it. It can cause severe mental problems. I believe some people may think that Carrie is some kind of evil Demon. Then again, others (including me) say that she is just a normal, albeit unpopular, girl who’s innocence of her own sexuality eventually caused her to go on a rampage, killing everyone. The novel struck a sympathetic chord with me who knows what it is like to be an outsider.


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