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A great thrill ride
Stepehen King had a way of making us terrified whether he is writing a horror story, a thriller, or even a love story. And MISERY is no exception. When writing this book, King took a break from the blood and guts of his horror novels and gave us a thriller. A thriller that made me as nervous as some of his freakiest to date.
At least once in every persons life, we wonder what it would be like to be trapped. Held prisoner by someone else, and not able to do anything about it. This is a terrifying nightmare that King brings to us with this book.
Annie Wilkes is as psycho as they come. A deranged murderous ex-nurse living deep in the mountains of Colorodo. When her favorite author crashes his car near her home on his way to get his manuscript reviewed, She finds his crippled body barely alive and takes him home. The terror begins.
At first you want to believe that Annie is a good person, helping a crash victim back to health. But why did she not call 9-1-1? Why was Paul still in her home when he awoke, two weeks later?
As the story progresses Paul Sheldon is put to the test. A test that will find how mentally stable a perfectly normal person can be after having body parts amputated with an ax, having to drink dishsoap water, and getting beaten physically and mentally.
Again, although this is a change in pace for King, he still hits his mark. I was purly terrified and as nervous as Paul Sheldon every time King entered Annie into the story again.
Another perfect story by Stephen King.
Stephen King is the undisputed master of horror, and in 'Misery' he more than lives up to this title. This book has no monsters, no demons, no ghouls; only Annie Wilkes, and she is infinitely worse than any supernatural creation as she terrorizes protagonist Paul Sheldon while he lies crippled in her back bedroom. 'Misery' is not only a novel, and not only a novel about how to write a novel, but it is a touchstone for any writer - this book is rich in metaphor of the trials of creating a book that someone, anyone, will want to read, and it is impossible for anyone who has known the pain of writing, and wanting to write, not to identify with Sheldon. Amazingly put together, 'Misery' is a perfect example of simple plot woven into rich tapestry. At no point does it degenerate into predictability. There is always something gripping to tempt the reader into turning the next page. The fact that the whole novel revolves around the character Paul Sheldon holed up in one room, and still being able to capture the audience is a true test of any writer's skill and creativity. And the way that the story unfolds through the eyes of a writer is a great device that already worked in "The Shining". The only (very slight) downside was the ending... I wanted Sheldon to cause Annie Wilkes more pain in vengeance. Even if you have watched the film it is definitely worth reading the book. Enjoy!
Award winning author, Stephen King, stuns his audience of readers with yet another magnificent display if imagination in his novel Misery. Stephen King had his book published in 1988 and it was, 2 years later, made into an Academy Award Winning movie. Stephen King's stunning and vivid descriptions of Paul Sheldon's 'misery' and his psychotic captor, Anne Wilkes, make this book one of his most popular.
The novel begins as Paul Sheldon, a best selling novelist, is involved in a terrible car accident, which leaves him very badly injured. His smashed up car is discovered by a woman by the name of Annie Wilkes. As Sheldon awakes from his unconscious state, he finds himself in the small guest bedroom of Wilkes's house with his legs shattered and badly splinted. He quickly becomes aware that his new caretaker is more than just his "number one fan" but is also a mentally disturbed woman who seeks to keep him prisoner in her home.
Stephen King wrote this novel to grip his audience and throw them into a life different from that of which they live and hand them the experience of being trapped with a person of an unstable mind. His dark and cruel humor leaps off the pages in his horrifying descriptions that can almost be felt. Through his vivid descriptions of Sheldon's mind and disquiet towards Annie, it seems almost as though he himself were experiencing them. Also, unlike many books that I have read, the setting is told descriptively so to create a detailed picture in your mind, but is also not so descriptive and boring as to "put you to sleep".
King's style never ceases to amaze his readers, especially when he combines two stories into one. In the novel, Paul is made to write a new episode in his books, just for Annie, which brings back to life the main character of his series. As Paul begins his new novel, the reader is able to read along as Annie would. King intertwines Paul's novel chapter by chapter while maintaining the original story about Paul and his captor.
Another of the novels major attributes is the tone. The tone is one of suspense and makes it very easy to keep reading. King also incorporates flashbacks and memories from Sheldon's childhood into his thoughts or ideas in the form of metaphors, such as the tide of the ocean covering a "rock piling". This signifies the medication that he is taking washing over and covering the pain that he suffers. This form keeps the book interesting and ties it together, bringing in ideas or thoughts that were originally brought up at the beginning.
Although the ending seemed rather rushed, as though King was trying to finish the book quickly to reach a deadline, Misery is by far one of his best. His brilliant writing brings the characters to life before your eyes making reading the book an experience worth remembering.
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