This one is Stephen King’s first evil car story: Christine. I don’t know why (I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this), but I have to put this book in the top ten of my favorites. I’ll get arguments, but to each their own. Here we go.
The Ugly: The elephant in the room is the fact that in 1958 Plymouth only made the Fury in Beige. The reason this is “the ugly” is because of the change. I know why he made it red, and someone could have just as easily painted the car, but still. It kind of bothers me. Something as trivial as that as “the ugly” shows how much I like the book.
The Bad: I have to struggle to think of things I don’t like about this book. As I know it is anything but perfect, it is still had for me to think of what I don’t like about the book. If anything, I would say this. Not really a spoiler to the end of the book, but there is a point in the book when a few of Arnie’s enemies...
I have read a lot of short stories and novellas by Stephen King, but this is the first full-length novel of his I've read in a long time and I'm glad that I read it. I'm a writer and a large part of the reason that I read that book was that I wanted to study the way that King crafted a longer work, just purely from a structural point-of-view and this was definitely the right book to read for that.
While I found that the story dragged a bit at times and at times I skipped over some of the "internal" dialogue of the narrator (he analyzes himself a lot and those thoughts are a running part of the narration--and sometimes too long winded), I found that overall the character development was exceedingly well done. I took my time reading the book, just 20 pages or so a day, but it was fun that way and I looked forward to going back to it.
The violence isn't really that disturbing in the book and you have to suspend disbelief so much to accept the plot to begin...
Reading the reviews and even in the opening of the book, this story is described as a love triangle. As this is true I found it to be just as much of a ghost story. This was the first King book I read almost 30 years ago, over the years I have seen the movie a number of times, but rereading this book now, I find it less of a supernatural, evil, car story and more of a ghost story. An evil spirit of a angry man whos rage goes beyond the grave and into the young awkward teenager who buys his most precious belonging, his 58" Plymouth Fury. And anyone who tries to get between him and his car is supject to his fury.
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