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MISERY

King, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0340390700 / ISBN 13: 9780340390702
Edité par Hodder & Stoughton [1987]., London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, 1987
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Octavo, boards. First British edition. Co-winner of the 1988 Bram Stoker Award for best novel (tied with McCammon's SWAN SONG). Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-169. Cheap paper tanning as usual, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#82824). N° de réf. du libraire 82824

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Détails bibliographiques

Titre : MISERY

Éditeur : Hodder & Stoughton [1987]., London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto

Date d'édition : 1987

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Edition : 1st Edition

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Synopsis :

After a car crash, writer Paul Sheldon is saved by his number one fan. She brought him home, splinted his mangled legs, and all he had to do in return was write a very special book, one all about her favourite character. Because if he didn't, if he was bad, she would be cross - very cross.

Review:

In Misery (1987), as in The Shining (1977), a writer is trapped in an evil house during a Colorado winter. Each novel bristles with claustrophobia, stinging insects, and the threat of a lethal explosion. Each is about a writer faced with the dominating monster of his unpredictable muse.

Paul Sheldon, the hero of Misery, sees himself as a caged parrot who must return to Africa in order to be free. Thus, in the novel within a novel, the romance novel that his mad captor-nurse, Annie Wilkes, forces him to write, he goes to Africa--a mysterious continent that evokes for him the frightening, implacable solidity of a woman's (Annie's) body. The manuscript fragments he produces tell of a great Bee Goddess, an African queen reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard's She.

He hates her, he fears her, he wants to kill her; but all the same he needs her power. Annie Wilkes literally breathes life into him.

Misery touches on several large themes: the state of possession by an evil being, the idea that art is an act in which the artist willingly becomes captive, the tortured condition of being a writer, and the fears attendant to becoming a "brand-name" bestselling author with legions of zealous fans. And yet it's a tight, highly resonant echo chamber of a book--one of King's shortest, and best novels ever. --Fiona Webster

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