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Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.

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

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 105 x 174 x 19mm | 159g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0307743667
  • 9780307743664
  • 7,942

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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)
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About Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Doctor Sleep; Joyland; 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; End of Watch; and the latest novel in the Dark Tower saga: The Wind Through the Keyhole. His acclaimed nonfiction book On Writing is also a bestseller. Stephen is the 2003 recipient of 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 was also awarded the 2014 National Medal of Arts. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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Rating details

604,328 ratings
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4 36% (219,937)
3 24% (142,026)
2 5% (28,081)
1 1% (7,730)

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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 more
by Andrew Statham
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