After an automobile accident, novelist Paul Sheldon meets his biggest fan. Annie Wilkes is his nurse-and captor. Now, she wants Paul to write his greatest work-just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don't work, she can get really nasty...
King's new novel, about a writer held hostage by his self-proclaimed "number-one fan," is unadulteratedly terrifying. Paul Sheldon, a writer of historical romances, is in a car accident; rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes, he slowly realizes that salvation can be worse than death. Sheldon has killed off Misery Chastain, the popular protagonist of his Misery series and Annie, who has a murderous past, wants her back. Keeping the paralyzed Sheldon prisoner, she forces him to revive the character in a continuation of the series, and she reads each page as it comes out of the typewriter; there is a joyously Dickensian novel within a novel here, and it appears in faded typescript. Studded among the frightening moments are sparkling reflections on the writer and his audience, on the difficulties, joys and responsibilities of being a storyteller, on the nature of the muse, on the differences between "serious" and "popular" writing. Sheldon is a revealingly autobiographical figure; Annie is not merely a monster but is subtly and often touchingly portrayed, allowing hostage and keeper a believable, if twisted, relationship. The best parts of this novel demand that we take King seriously as a writer with a deeply felt understanding of human psychology. One million first printing; $400,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection.
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1 . Better Than The Movie!
Posted October 21, 2010 by SallySalt , CAThis book promises horror and a rapid heart rate while you devour every page! It is MUCH better than the movie which I have always enjoyed!
Do yourself a favor and purchase this book (its so cheap too!)!
Enjoy Dirty Birdies!
2 . One of the best novels
Posted August 07, 2010 by Shawn , EmeryvilleI've read several King novels in my High School years, but this really captures the beauty of realism and still is scary as hell. You'll love the build of the plot that just gets tastier and tastier, while you dying for the main character to escape. Very well written and not super long like the Stand (although that's great classic). Definitely good if you're not a big fan of the supernatural that he dives into in several other books.
October 03, 2004
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