Christine

Christine

Book - 1983
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Arnie Cunningham is in love with his car. Christine, the car, is in complete control. "Vintage King . . . breathtaking, awesome. Carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down."--"New York Times Book Review"

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Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 1983.
ISBN: 9780670220267
0670220264
Branch Call Number: FICTION King Stephen 1983
Characteristics: 526 p. ;,25 cm.

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tlrysdam
Jul 12, 2019

Even though this book made my fear of cars bigger I loved this book I have been reading this book for 3 months and while reading I wished for it to end but now I am near the end and I want more It was sad and scary and romantic but I still love one of my favorite books can’t wait to watch the movie!

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lendmeyourears2017
Jun 02, 2019

“This is the story of a lover’s triangle…”

-Dennis Guilder, narrator, Arnie’s best friend, Christine’s nemesis

A lover’s triangle…a haunted vintage car…the best friend is telling us this story from his memories!?! What’s the story behind all this? What happens to the main character and best friend narrator as this story unfolds? The suspense expertly builds as you, the listener, await with ominous tension as to who will come out on top – man or machine?

Christine, Arnie’s car, is a good and bad opportunity for Arnie. He is very intelligent but is a virtual social outcast until Christine comes into his life. Arnie falls in with bad company out of necessity to take care of his car. Turns out, Christine has a will and personality of her own. You’re impelled to continue with the story in hopes that Arnie will turn what seems to be inevitable around. Christine seems to have reached her ultimate demise, but this story leaves you with the nagging question, What ultimately happened to that cube of scrap metal that was Christine? Will she be back?

The reader, Holter Graham, aptly reflects the mood of the characters which really adds to the telling of this tale. He draws the listener deeply into the story. You’re there for better…or worse.

Stephen King is a master at building the tension in a scene. You’re continually waiting for the other shoe to drop, excited and fearful to find out what’s around the next corner. This book has many, ‘I didn’t see that coming,’ moments. The author captures spirit/mindset/speech patterns of teen guys, expertly using character conversations to sum up plot points for the listener. He gently teases the listener throughout the story right up to the end. You’re lulled/relieved into thinking it’s ended…it’s over…relax…but is it? The ending made my hair stand on end.

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Steve_the_Pirate
Dec 29, 2018

The novel “Christine” by Stephen King successfully acts as both a haunting story of supernatural vengeance as well as a realistic and more than often humorous examination of transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. The story takes place in Libertyville Pennsylvania which carries with it a small town aura with grim undertones in its locations, characters, and history. The characters are successfully created in that the protagonists of Dennis, Arnie, and Leigh are all likable as well as flawed characters which help them to be relatable to the audience. As the book goes on you find yourself caring more and more for their aspirations, relationships, and overall well-being. Especially as the stakes continue to be raised and chaos ensues as the story progresses. The antagonists of the story including Roland D. Lebay, Buddy Repperton, and Christine are very well crafted and unlikable villains that are a joy for the audience to despise, albeit there was times during the novel where I felt called to root for Christine as certain situations arose throughout the story. King puts a lot of time and effort into the descriptions of all his characters and it was very interesting and effective to learn the background and inner workings of them as it greatly helped to understand them. Throughout the story there is a lot of buildup and background given until the book really picks up and it can be a grind to get there however once it does it’ll be hard to put it down. As the first Stephen King book I have read I was impressed with the time he puts into allowing the reader to fully engross themselves into his story and characters as it allowed for a story that was slow paced but effective and when the climaxes and conflicts happened I couldn’t get enough. The book left me with what I would strongly define as a bittersweet taste of satisfaction; this is a haunting story throughout that successfully plays upon aspects of the chilling realism of modern suburban life and the terrors it holds.

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1860Colt
Oct 14, 2018

Engaging page turner that makes you want to know what happens next, even if what is happening isn't very interesting. Interesting concept, and does manage to create a very creative scenario. Again, however, not very interesting. It just keeps going and going, long winded and a little bloated feeling, and leaves you feeling that it could have been done better with way less filler. It left me feeling empty and unsatisfied. Nothing really happens that feels scary, even a car that drives itself. Sad. Not the worst book I have ever read, but may not pick up again unless I have nothing else to read.

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fantasticone
Mar 07, 2016

Can a car do things
like the alarm going off when certain people touch the car

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alicat1
Feb 08, 2016

After reading the book and viewing the film, you will never hear classic rock in the same way!

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lkujawa85
Sep 25, 2013

Great book. I've never looked at finned 50's cars the same since.

nishantanu Feb 27, 2013

LOVED it! I re-read it every few years and I still get the chills every time! I can never look at a Plymouth Fury the same way!

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Vespas
Sep 19, 2012

Very enjoyable, couldn't put it down! A must read for everyone.

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adelaideblair
Aug 07, 2012

Early Stephen King is not as good as his later stuff, but still a very enjoyable book.

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