cassandra.m.harris, August 17, 2012 (view all comments by cassandra.m.harris)
This was an AMAZING book! I love Stephen King and his ability to make you feel like your actually in the book with the characters. The fact that the main character was being continuously tortured and held captive by a lunatic made the book and the events which occurred even more pronounced and amazing!
Throughout this book I drug my feet (oh so thankful they were both still hanging on my ankles), cringing, in what was to me the ultimate in horror, not only in the physical entrapment of being incapacitated, in horrendous pain, and at the mercy of the most insidious psychopath who could implement any type of torture she could conjure, any time of day or night as her victim, the reader as author, lies helpless in her guest bed.
The gradual but relentlessly growing awareness that Annie Wilkes was not a caring, sane woman, that she was a very very Evil Samaritan, that she was indeed psychologically challenged to the bottom of her putrid soul ... the gradation of that insidiously seeping, flickering awareness of Annie Wilkes's twisted ebony heart was true horror. I don't recall ever reading the development of psychosis in a character being accomplished so clearly, so chillingly realistically.
This may be King's most symbolic, significant novel.
Throughout the book I wondered, is this what it would feel like to be a famous author, a creative soul trapped by the tastes of fans? One of the worst spiritual imprisonments would be to become known, loved, and sought after for a certain quality in a product, then be held hostage to that quality, to be compelled to continue to recreate, regurgitate that quality forever and forever with no hope for an amen, with no hope to ever take a tangent or get a new lease on writing.
"I'm your Number One Fan." Each time Annie Wilkes said this, my hair would have stood on end if it weren't so thin, limp, and lacking, if I hadn't already pulled it all out in the first couple chapters of the book.
If anyone understands the very essence of misery, it's Stephen King. If anyone can impart the ultimate in that feeling in a novel, it's King. Man, oh man, he did it. Her put misery on the bookshelves for keeps.
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by Jordan G.,
Of course, Misery the movie is fabulous; Kathy Bates can do no wrong. But in the book, every brutal aspect of Annie Wilkes's psychopathy and horror are just a little more, to quote the book, "oogy." You'll be surprised by what this gosh-darn sweet lady can do to all the "dirty birds" she meets. Two words: farm equipment.
by Jordan G.
by Washington Post,
"Terrifying...In addition to being able to scare the reader breathless, King says a tremendous amount about writing itself. We delight in his virtuosity."
by USA Today,
"King's best...genuinely scary."
by Boston Globe,
"Classic King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense."
Paul Sheldon. He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader — she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
Can a best-selling author escape from a psychotic nurse who wants him to respect her favorite literary character?
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