Friday, December 9, 2011

Constant Reading Project: one down, 59 to go

I finished "Carrie" late last night. The paperback copy I read had 290 pages (for those of you keeping count), instead of the first edition hardback's 253 pages. Sure, it throws off my numbers, but I'm technically ahead as far as time goes.

A few thoughts:

I still think Tommy Ross is an under appreciated character. You can read all about my man-love for him in a past post.

I have been to college and become a professional journalist since the last time I read "Carrie," so I'm a bit more judgmental about the newspaper clips used in the novel. About a third (if not more) of the book is told in after the fact newspaper reports, scholarly works and court testimony. This semi-epistolary style lengthened what would otherwise be a novella. Adding them gives the book a sense of realism that might have been lacking. It also firmly places the book five years into the future from when it was published.

"Carrie" remains a strong first published work and will always be a great place to start for the uninitiated reader. It's not King's best, but it certainly isn't the worst.

Now you are asking, "What is his best and worst?" Don't worry, we'll get to them all in good time.