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Christine kindle ✓ read ê stephen king æ Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic #1 national bestseller of the ultimate vehicle of terror “This is the story of a lover’s triangleIt was bad from the start And it got worse in a hurry” It’s love at first sight for high school student Arnie Cunningham when hBeautiful girl at Libertyville High transfer student Leigh Cabot even as a mysteriously restored Christine systematically and terrifyingly consumes every aspect of Arnie’s life Dennis and Leigh soon realize that they must uncover the awful truth behind a car with a horrifying and murderous history Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and heaven help anyone who gets in Christine’s w “I put my hands on the wheel and something happenedEven now after much thought I’m not sure exactly what it was A vision maybe – but if it was it sure wasn’t any big deal It was just that for a moment the torn upholstery seemed to be gone The seat covers were whole and smelling pleasantly of vinylor maybe that smell was real leather The worn places were gone from the steering wheel; the chrome winked pleasantly in the summer evening light falling through the garage door Let’s go for a ride big guy Christine seemed to whisper in the hot summer silence Let’s cruise” Stephen King ChristineThe huge advantage to having come to realize Stephen King’s genius so belatedly is that I have a massive back catalogue to peruse Without any great hurry I’ve been picking off his novels – most of them classics – one or two per year Even at this languid pace however I feel like I’ve completed the top layer the crème de la crème of the King canon Now I have to think a little bit harder about what I want to read next In all honesty I did not feel any urgency to crack the covers of Christine The story of a killer car possessed of some kind of demonic force did not tickle my fancy Indeed after seeing the film version I thought the concept kind of silly What’s so scary I thought Just get off the street Which is a tactic the characters in the film did not take to heart But I have learned to trust King and even though nothing about Christine really interested me I decided to take his 1983 tale about a 1958 Plymouth Fury for a spin Boy is it goodDespite being 526 pages long gratuitous book lengths being a King specialty this is a stripped down story A love triangle if you will where boy loves girl girl loves boy and boy really loves car irritating girl There are only four main characters Dennis Guilder a jock with a sensitive side; Arnie Cunningham a pizza faced outcast who is best friends with the loyal Dennis; Leigh Cabot the pretty new girl at school who for some reason takes a shine to Arnie; and the titular Christine a beat up red over white Fury with personality We open with Dennis introducing us to his best friend Arnie a smart high schooler hounded by bullies and his overbearing parents with few friends save Dennis Within the first few pages Arnie sees the rusting hulk of a car named Christine and falls impossibly in love with it Or herWith little logic or forethought Arnie buys the car starts to fix her up and grows slowly obsessed with the vehicle alienating everyone else in his life At first the fixation seems annoying but relatively harmless Soon though strange things start to happen It should not spoil anything to say that some of those things are deadly This is Stephen King after all There are hints that Christine has certain powers both over her own chassis wheels and windshield and over the minds of others Christine is divided into three parts Parts I and III are narrated in the first person by Dennis; the middle section is told in the third person Whatever the perspective the prose is classic King His Tarantino esue penchant for pop cultural references is on full display especially the careful curation of rock and roll standbys that are uoted throughout Being classic King I will add is not always a good thing If you have followed King throughout his career he has a few nasty tics that carry over from one project to the next It is one thing to rail on fat people and make incestuous observations; it is another thing to do this in multiple novels At a certain point it feels pathological In short part of the reason this is 526 pages long is Dennis making weird asides about his sister’s breasts and his parents’ lovemaking King is known for creating his own hermetically sealed world in Maine where Castle Rock Jerusalem’s Lot and Shawshank Prison exist across several titles Christine is set in Libertyville Pennsylvania which is not the usual King stomping grounds Nevertheless he makes it real and he makes it his own right down to the detailed descriptions of every highway road and side street Christine is set in 1978 and part of the fun for me is nostalgia for a time shortly predating my birth and childhood Rock music is edgy there are brown sugar sandwiches for dinner and people drink milk for refreshment which is gross Hand in hand with this Mayberry like innocence is the shadow of Vietnam the Arab oil embargo and a country not entirely sure of its place in the world Typically I do not like the supernatural King’s novels work for me because he labors overtime to ground the fantastical in a believable reality so potent that you often forget the otherworldly aspect completely It should go without saying that he accomplishes this feat in Christine The best pieces of art operate on multiple levels That is especially true with King For instance his masterpiece Pet Sematary is not simply a spine tingler about an Indian burial ground where dead things come back to life but probably the best book ever written about death and loss In Christine there is plenty of mayhem and graphic violence and a mystery with evil at the core of the riddle Yet within these pages there is also a serious meditation on longing and desire on growing up and losing yourself I was going to be a senior in high school next month andwhen school started again it meant the end of a long uiet phase of my life I was getting ready to be a grown upAnd I think I understoodthat what really scares people about growing up is that you stop trying on the life mask and start trying on another one If being a kid is about learning how to live then being a grown up is about learning how to dieKing is the type of author who we will only fully appreciate once he is gone and we start to look back over his output It will suddenly occur to literary critics that they can’t name three Pulitzer Prize winners but they can name ten King novels they’ve treasured forever Christine is a perfect example of what I’m talking about In many ways the whole idea – a sentient car – is absolutely implausible ludicrous even laughable However in King’s utterly confident hands it draws you in entirely The goofy central conceit the dated references the contrived endgame should have made this a joke At best Christine should have been filed on the so bad it’s good shelf Instead it is pure entertainment Instead it is unforgettable

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“Christine” by its original cantankerous owner rusting away on a front lawn of their suburban Pennsylvania neighborhood Dennis knows that Arnie’s never had much luck in the looks or popularity department or really taken an interest in owning a car but Christine uickly changes all that Arnie suddenly has the newfound confidence to stick up for himself going as far as dating the most Fans of the Netflix series Stranger Things who might be unaware of how freely the creators sampled '80s pop culture right down to the title font need look no further than three novels by Stephen King one I've read Firestarter one I'm reading this month It and one I'll review now Published in 1983 the same year that Stranger Things takes place Christine is an often haunting and at times bittersweet tale about growing up; specifically that time when adulthood threatens to detour cherished friendships and careen others off Dead Man's Curve Coincidentally this tale includes an antiue car possessed by evilUnfolding through the fall of 1978 and into a bitter New Year in the fictional town of Libertyville Pennsylvania Christine is divided into three parts the first and third narrated by Dennis Guilder a twenty two year old reflecting on his tragic senior year of high school Captain of the football and baseball teams and All Conference swimmer Dennis is best friend to Arnie Cunningham a childhood friend whose road detours into oily skin chess and derision by many of their peers The meek only child of two academics at Horlicks University Arnie takes a bold but troubling step toward adulthood while cruising with Dennis in his '75 Plymouth DusterArnie falls in love at first sight with a 1958 Plymouth Fury he spots rusting in a yard Dennis sees only a lemon but is unable to convince his friend to walk away from it With a nest egg built from his summer job with the Penn DOT on a road crew Arnie leaves a cash deposit with the car's owner a nefarious coot with a bad back lewd disposition and forked tongue named Roland D LeBay; the old timer refers to the junker as Christine Believing his friend is being suckered Dennis is taken aback by how enad Arnie a gifted machinist who has never owned his own wheels is of the red and white street rod which Arnie begins calling Christine Dennis is certain that Arnie's parents particularly his controlling mother will scotch the dealThat's it I thought now feeling a little sad as well as upset They'll beat him down and LeBay will have his twenty five dollars and that '58 Plymouth will sit there for another thousand years or so They had done similar things to him before Because he was a loser Even his parents knew it He was intelligent and when you got past the shy and wary exterior he was humorous and thoughtful and sweet I guess is the word I'm fumbling around forSweet but a loserHis folks knew it as well as the machine shop white soxers who yelled at him in the halls and thumb rubbed his glassesThey knew he was a loser and they would beat him downThat's what I thought But that time I was wrongAfter witnessing Arnie fire the first shot in a rebellion against his parents Dennis grows wary of Christine Returning with Arnie to purchase the rustbucket from LeBay Dennis climbs behind the wheel and receives a flash of the decaying car restored to new and speaking to him Let's go for a ride big guy Christine seemed to whisper in the hot summer silence of LeBay's garage Let's cruise He suddenly finds himself not wanting to walk in front of the car Watching Arnie drive away in it Dennis witnesses LeBay break down in tears Holding firm that the old bastard has ripped his friend off Dennis is told that he doesn't know half as much as he thinks he doesWith the sun going down Arnie and Dennis are able to reach Darnell's Do It Yourself Garage where cigar chomping interstate trafficker Will Darnell has cornered the town's automotive needs He takes advantage of Arnie overcharging him for the stall and the tools the teen will need to restore his wheels One of Arnie's classmates a menacing hulk named Buddy Repperton works at the garage and starts to harass Arnie but when Repperton smashes one of Christine's headlights Arnie fights back and bloodies him Darnell fires Repperton and realizing he might be able to use a kid like Arnie offers him a job making deliveries Dennis warns his friend not to fall into debt with Darnell but Arnie becomes hostile to any attempts to separate him from ChristineDennis begins having bad dreams about Christine Learning that Roland LeBay has passed away Dennis accompanies Arnie to the funeral He introduces himself to LeBay's estranged brother George and managing a word in private behind his friend's back Dennis shares his apprehension over the '58 Plymouth Fury George later reveals some troubling family history LeBay's fury was legendary He entered the Army at a bad time the 1920s working in the motor pool where he raged against the shitters he felt had it in for him In 1958 LeBay bought Christine and became obsessed with the car keeping it even after his six year old daughter choked to death in the backseat and his wife committed suicide in it He believes that Arnie would be better off getting rid of the car And as if he had read my thoughts of a few minutes before he went on I don't believe in curses you know Not in ghosts or anything precisely supernatural But I do believe that emotions and events have a certain lingering resonance It may be that emotions can even communicate themselves in certain circumstances If the circumstances are peculiar enough the way a carton of milk will take the flavor of certain strongly spiced foods if it's left open in the refrigerator Or perhaps that's only a ridiculous fantasy on my part Possibly it's just that I would feel better knowing the car my niece choked in and my sister in law killed herself in had been pressed down into a cube of meaningless metal Perhaps all I feel is a sense of outraged proprietyDennis observes dramatic changes in Arnie His friend's skin clears up While none of the girls who've known him as a pizzaface will take a second look at Arnie a graceful transferring senior named Leigh Cabot is an exception; Dennis watches as the Viking ueen he would've gotten around to asking out begins dating his friend instead At lunch Dennis comes upon Buddy Repperton circling Arnie with a switchblade while the bully's lackeys Don Vandenberg and Moochie Welch cheer him on The two on three melee is broken up by the shop teacher Certain that Repperton meant to cut Arnie Dennis rats him out for the switchblade resulting in Repperton's expulsion He vows revengeArnie's transformation has an eerie parallel to the resurrection of Christine Darnell marvels at how expertly Arnie was able to get his car road ready without putting in the labor Introduced by Arnie at a football game Dennis notices that Leigh is no comfortable around Christine than he is Arnie's rebellion against his mother over the car intensifies and his father seems to reach a truce paying for Arnie to park Christine at an airport garage instead of the house Repperton finds out where Arnie is garaging his wheels and with the help of Don and Moochie trashes it Soon after the boys are hunted down by the Plymouth Fury which its victims recognize too late has no driver or the corpse of Roland LeBay at the wheelLeigh who loves Arnie and would enthusiastically consent to sex if she didn't have to lose her virginity in Christine is spooked by how precious her boyfriend is of his car She's saved from choking to death in it only by the grace of a hitchhiker she urged Arnie pick up on their way home from McDonald's Presenting him with an ultimatum Arnie chooses Christine over Leigh Laid up in the hospital with a broken leg Dennis bonds with his best friend's girl over the disturbing changes she's recognized in Arnie They connect the tragedy of Roland LeBay and the deaths in their town Christine They also become romantically entwined wary that anyone Arnie is angry with has met a gruesome end on the road When he does find out the teenage lovers have only one recourse The first idea had been Leigh's Molotov cocktails We would she said fill some wine bottles with gasoline take them to the Cunningham house in the early morning hours light the wicks Wicks What wicks I asked Kotex ought to do just fine she answered promptly causing me to wonder again about her high cheekboned forebearers and toss them in through Christine's windowsThe conceit of a 1958 Plymouth cruising the streets of America to the oldie but goodies of Chuck Berry or Richie Valens with a corpse at the wheel is laughable It doesn't even seem like it'd be scary King seems to have backed into his plot by wanting to write about teens rock 'n' roll and cars and realizing that cursed children or music had been done reversed into the possessed car idea What makes Christine a fantastic novel is a uality that King has sustained from his earliest work Carrie The Shining The Dead Zone Firestarter which aren't about monsters chasing after characters but characters who realize they are the monster I notice elements that keep drawing me back to King's work There's the change of seasons for one Road conditions under freezing weather play a crucial role in this novel as do Christmas shopping and New Year's Eve countdowns There are the characters often kids who know that monsters are in the lurk but unable to convince adults are forced to confront the threat themselves by improvising a plan and thus learning something about themselves and growing up There is the bittersweet taste of innocence being lost in some way that can never be recovered I feel myself becoming emotionally attached to the characters and invested in their wages again doomAs with some of King's doorstoppers Christine is only 120000 words the novel took me over a week to finish but it occurs to me that some of the most memorable road trips are the long ones the journeys where the destination is earned and felt I found the pleasure of delayed gratification wonderfully present in a longer novel at least one with prose and dialogue as intimate as King's Nothing definitively supernatural occurs until page 238 and rather than spook the reader right off the bat King writes about childhood using music movies sports fast food and beverages and slowly builds the tragic relationships of his characters ultimately to the point of poignancy Christine was adapted to film during the Stephen King Land Rush of 1983 1990 when a dozen of his novels novellas or short stories were dragged to the screen Featuring Keith Gordon as Arnie John Stockwell as Dennis Alexandra Paul as Leigh the movie was directed by John Carpenter whose previous thrillers traffic in pulsating doom but here as a director for hire goes through the motions of a killer car movie devoid of the teenage angst or desolate winter of the novel Its riches are those surrounding the kids and the car with performances by Robert Prosky Harry Dean Stanton and Roberts Blossom and the music of George Thorogood and The Destroyers the best rock 'n' roll ever featured in a Carpenter film

Stephen King ☆ Christine epub

ChristineMaster storyteller Stephen King presents the classic #1 national bestseller of the ultimate vehicle of terror “This is the story of a lover’s triangleIt was bad from the start And it got worse in a hurry” It’s love at first sight for high school student Arnie Cunningham when he and his best friend Dennis Guilder spot the dilapidated 1958 red and white Plymouth Fury for sale dubbed I have a real guilty pleasure lovelove realtionship with Stephen King books I don't care how literarily unhip that is Christine was the first big girl book I ever read I was in the fourth grade and we'd just moved to California I didn't have any friends or anywhere to go yet so I spent my days poking around in the library like any good nerd I'd heard somewhere that Stephen King books contained scandalous curse words so I picked it out of the library's King collection because the title resembled my own name I would never have been allowed to check that book out so I read the whole thing on the sly curled up on a bean bag in the back of the library shitting my pants and unable to explain to my parents why I suddenly refused to go through the garage to take the bins out on trash day Ah youth