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1 Carrie on Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:05 pm

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Okay, so this is the book review I wrote when I was at a job copy-test. I liked what I wrote and saved it in my id wanting to share with you. Feedback will be appreciated besides, of course, comments.

Book review of ‘Carrie’ by Stephen King

Carrie.

The phonetically sublime sounding name in the pop culture can, to stretch it to the farthest, only echo the soulful melody of James Blunt’s ‘Carry you home’. But the moment you turn the cover and happen to glance at the author’s literary exploits and accompanied by his portrait, there is a distinct unmasking shiver that runs through you. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I say, do, because the chill experienced while you surf through its pages and the cover page impression coincide so well, the brilliance and taunting coincidence benumbs you to the core, rendering you to surrender hands down to this literary genius Stephen King, who exploded into a world-wide phenomenon since this groundbreaking debut.

To give the overview of the plot, this relatively short story, or novella to be precise, is about a tween-aged girl Carrie. To describe her in the modern lingo, she’s differently-abled. But rather than treat every child as special, she is perennially bullied by her classmates and sometimes erratically even by her teacher who can’t seem to handle her deviance from convention. The constant suppression has made Carrie very emotionally vulnerable and to add to the angst, her fanatically devout mother poses an equal competition, repressing her since childhood so much that her deep etched emotional scars have robbed her of even physical normality. Carrie grew up in this noxious environment, her self pity gradually metamorphosing into breeding rebellious instincts. It was this time when she cultivated telekinetic powers.

Thankfully, not all people harbored detrimental Carrie perception. Enter Amanda who takes pity on Carrie after Carrie encountered a public shaming during her first tryst with menstruation, she being completely oblivious of what was happening to her and thus traumatized. Amanda decides to forgo her boyfriend Peter and coaxes him to lend himself to Carrie for the prom night, a night much fantasized about by every American teen as much as their wedding day. But fate had other plans for Carrie and had appropriate people for executing it too, and then comes Stephen King’s narcissism in character and situation dealing transforming the story to fly to the stratosphere of violently brilliant literature.

King’s portrayal of the vulnerable protagonist, her fanatic unapologetic-for-keeping-Carrie-deprived-of-reality mother, a sympathetic Amanda and the malicious minds of various other Carrie detractors depicts his in depth understanding of psychological dimensions. The vivid description only boasts of his creative fertility. The ocular senses are amplified while reading Carrie and the short concise format, brilliantly edited by King’s wife adds to its radiance. King has this unconventional style of writing, not necessarily an editor’s delight but the essence exuded is so enthralling, it ties a beautiful red ribbon over the enchantment delivered.

More than once, King has been accused of being a pulp fictionist and a depraved pervert owing to him specializing in dark literature. The Nobel, Booker and the Pulitzer society have repeatedly been ignorant of this world-wide best seller much to the detestation of the fans but that doesn’t stop his growing critical and mass popularity. Almost more than half of his works has been adapted into reel products, notable being The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile or even the epic horror The Shining, propelling the starring actors to paparazzi preys like never before. Even Carrie has been adapted into a 1972 flick and was applauded on numerous counts.

Often, the readers avoid reading the initial works of authors after they’ve read their newer ones, thinking that the literary brilliance has amplified with time and experience and their previous works might not match up to their earlier standards but Carrie proves to be an exception. It was, and continues to render as much glee as any of his newer works. A vociferous “Go for it”!

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