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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 174mm x 26mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307743667
  • ISBN 13: 9780307743664
  • Sales rank: 3,861

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Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

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Author information

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are "Full Dark, No Stars;""Under the Dome;""Just After Sunset;""Duma Key;""Lisey's Story;""Cell;" and the last three novels in the Dark Tower saga: "Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, " and "The Dark Tower." His acclaimed nonfiction book "On Writing" is also a bestseller. In 2003, he was awarded the 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.

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By Andrew Statham 12 Mar 2013 3

Praise for Carrie - King's first published novel and his first 'big screen' credit - led to King becoming one of the worlds' most prolific writers. Like many of King's works, Carrie involves more of the supernatural than pure horror (for which he seems to be more commonly, but erroneously, known).
Leading an extremely sheltered life dominated by her highly religious and controlling mother, Carrie was a shy student often teased. The trauma of experiencing her first period in the showers after gym class (and the ruthless teasing), triggered in Carrie a previously hidden power of telekinesis. The story builds to the prom night finale, when Carrie reeks revenge ... on just about everyone.
King aims to add a sense of realism to the plot by including newspaper clippings within the story. Perhaps events similar to those of prom night could happen in your town?
Like for most of King's writing, seeing the movie is no substitute for reading the book; Kings' works rarely make for good film.
While far from being a literary 'classic', Carrie is a must read for lovers of the genre.

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Praise for Stephen King and "Carrie " "A master storyteller." --"The Los Angeles Times" "Guaranteed to chill you." "--The New York Times " "Gory and horrifying.... You can't put it down." "--Chicago Tribune " "[The] most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet." --"USA Today" "Eerie and haunting--sheer terror!" --"Publishers Weekly" "Shivering, shuddery, macabre evil!" --"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" "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" " " "Peerless imagination." --"The Observer" (London)