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Carrie : en rysare om det undermedvetnas krafter

av Stephen King

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In one way or another, everybody abused Carrie. Her fanatical mother forbade this sixteen-year-old misfit everything that was young and fun. She was teased and taunted by her classmates, misunderstood by her teachers, and given up as hopeless by almost everyone. But Carrie had a secret: she posessed terrifying telekinetic powers that could make inanimate objects move, a lighted candle fall, or a door lock. Carrie could make all kinds of startling bizarre, and malevolent things happen. And so she did one night, when feeling scorned and humiliated, and growing angrier and angrier, she became the vengeful demon who let the whole town feel her power.… (mer)
  1. 30
    Hemsökelsen av Shirley Jackson (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Carrie White has much in common with Jackson's shy, bullied heroine Eleanor Vance.
  2. 10
    Brightly Burning av Mercedes Lackey (lquilter)
    lquilter: If you like tortured pyrokinetics with tragic endings, and don't mind radical changes in mood and style ... try Stephen King's Carrie for the horror take, and Mercedes Lackey's Brightly Burning for the fantasy take.
  3. 19
    Matilda av Roald Dahl (TomWaitsTables)
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Classic horror novel for an independent read ( )
  NJecmenek | Nov 12, 2020 |
'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. ( )
  Rebecca_Ross | Nov 2, 2020 |
Stephen King is in his element in this pulpy supernatural thriller, and this guiltless ease means the book is more entertaining than its objective quality would suggest. The epistolary approach, with the story intercut by newspaper articles, book excerpts and interviews, is unexpected but interesting, even if you suspect that the book could've been written just as well in a more conventional style. The book holds together loosely, and we know more or less from the start what is going to happen right through to the end. Despite this, the success of Carrie comes from the fact that it embraces its tawdriness: the unexplained mind-powers, the distorted Americana of small-town Prom night gone wrong, the uncomfortable enthusiasm for the loose-sex-and-tampons aspect of puberty.

That said, the story of a bullied teenager – Carrie White has to go out "among the wolves every day of every year, out into a carnival of laughers, joke-tellers, pointers, snickerers" (pg. 21) – is one of King's more morally-aware stories, however unintentional this was. "The boys would tease Carrie for a little while and then forget" but the girls were "cat-mean" (pp 81-82), and there is a wretchedness about Carrie's brief (and sincere) rise into peer acceptance that makes the pay-off of the second act feel deserved. Because of the success of the first act – King has always been good at characterization – the lusty supernatural revenge of Carrie after the dance is something the reader can get into, beyond mere kicks. I felt the telekinetic action was a bit helter-skelter, but the writer's ability to deliver the main points of the story – "She looked like she just crawled out of a car accident. But she was grinning" (pg. 178) – combined with the uncharacteristically short length of the book, makes this penny-dreadful parable one of the more agreeable Stephen King stories I have read. ( )
  Mike_F | Oct 31, 2020 |
4/5 - it was a good short book - my first finished book by king - very religious though I knew that was coming from the movie, and it was actually very interesting to read the book since I've seen the movies a few times - who knew Carrie was a bigger girl? awesome - and the prom part - so awesome to read about what was actually to happen! ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
I don't know which pack more the book or the movie, but it does have a great explanation of human ignorance as Carrie grows into a woman and discovers that she id not just a woman - she is something else. ( )
  David_Masumba | Oct 14, 2020 |
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In one way or another, everybody abused Carrie. Her fanatical mother forbade this sixteen-year-old misfit everything that was young and fun. She was teased and taunted by her classmates, misunderstood by her teachers, and given up as hopeless by almost everyone. But Carrie had a secret: she posessed terrifying telekinetic powers that could make inanimate objects move, a lighted candle fall, or a door lock. Carrie could make all kinds of startling bizarre, and malevolent things happen. And so she did one night, when feeling scorned and humiliated, and growing angrier and angrier, she became the vengeful demon who let the whole town feel her power.

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