Misery

King, Stephen

Published by Viking Adult, 1987
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0670813648 Near fine hardcover in near fine dust jacket protected by mylar. Signed and inscribed by author! Inscription reads, "For Debbie - Best wishes from your #1 fan, Stephen King, 5/25/95." Some light edgewear to jacket. Clean text, tight binding! Clean text, tight binding! A great copy! Third printing. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Paul Sheldon, author of a series of historical romances, wakes up in a secluded farmhouse in Colorado with broken legs while Annie Wilkes, a disappointed fan, hovers over him with drugs, an ax, and a blowtorch, demanding he bring his heroine back to life.

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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Title: Misery
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good

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