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Carrie: King, Stephen

Carrie

King, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0385086954 / ISBN 13: 9780385086950
Published by Doubleday & Co., Garden City, 1974
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
From C. Dickens Rare & Collect. Books & Maps (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.)

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This is the true 1st printing of Stephen King's 1st novel and a stern warning to bullies everywhere!The book itself is near fine. The jacket has 2 short closed tears with no missing material, one being 1/2" from the spine at the bottom left of the front panel and the other being 1 1/2" from the upper right corner of the front panel. There are no other flaws or fading, just a couple of points of light rubbing. The dj has the required $5.95 price and the book itself, a stated 1st edition, has the required "P6" in the gutter margin of page 199. Bookseller Inventory # PG-1-CP

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Title: Carrie

Publisher: Doubleday & Co., Garden City

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

An unpopular teenage girl whose mother is a religious fanatic is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

Review:

Why read Carrie? Stephen King himself has said that he finds his early work "raw," and Brian De Palma's movie was so successful that we feel like we have read the novel even if we never have. The simple answer is that this is a very scary story, one that works as well--if not better--on the page as on the screen. Carrie White, menaced by bullies at school and her religious nut of a mother at home, gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers, powers that will eventually be turned on her tormentors. King has a way of getting under the skin of his readers by creating an utterly believable world that throbs with menace before finally exploding. He builds the tension in this early work by piecing together extracts from newspaper reports, journals, and scientific papers, as well as more traditional first- and third-person narrative in order to reveal what lurks beneath the surface of Chamberlain, Maine.

News item from the Westover (ME) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966: "Rain of Stones Reported: It was 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."

Although the supernatural pyrotechnics are handled with King's customary aplomb, it is the carefully drawn portrait of the little horrors of small towns, high schools, and adolescent sexuality that give this novel its power, and assures its place in the King canon. --Simon Leake

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