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First line :
'Oh my God!' my friend Arnie Cunningham cried out suddenly.

Notes :
This book had an interesting beginning. King took an advance of only one dollar, stating various reasons for this, many financial...

Places :
Libertyville, Pittsburgh
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Quotes :
  • "If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die."
  • "As soon as you have a kid, you know for sure that you're going to die."

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    DESCRIPTION
  • Written : 1978
  • Scene: a middle-class suburb of Pittsburgh...
  • Synopsis :
    A love triangle involving 17-year-old misfit Arnie Cunningham, his new girlfriend and a haunted 1958 Plymouth Fury. Dubbed Christine by her previous owner, Arnie's first car is jealous, possessive and deadly.


  • INSPIRATION
    One night as King was turning into his driveway, he saw the odometer numbers on his car turn from 9999.9 to 10,000. He found himself wondering if there might not be a story in an odometer that ran backward-the car, would get "younger" instead of older, finally collapsing into its component parts. The next day he started writing it. A fairly long novel came out, a supernatural tale about girlfriends/boyfriends and Christine.


    REVIEW
    The novel begins simply enough. Arnie, the prototypical geek with nerdy glasses, pimples, and no social life outside of Guilder, falls in love. But it's not with a woman; it's with a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine. And Christine is no ordinary car, either. She's got a life all her own, and that life is cold, dark, and jealous. She inhabits Arnie as he inhabits her, and she becomes his obsession. As the car brings about some good (his pimples are rapidly fading and he finds confidence to ask the new girl in school, Leigh Cabot, out on a date), most of what Christine delivers is evil. Arnie's enimies start being run over and killed. His familial relationship explodes from its normal complacency into a feverish war of wills. Even Dennis becomes distant. Now you ask, is Christine haunted? Maybe. We know the Fury's previous owner, Roland LeBay, was a mean spirited man who also made the car his obsession. We also know that his daughter, Rita, choked to death in it. So, does his spirit haunt Christine? Maybe. The fact that LeBay's daughter chokes (or is choked) to death while LeBay is still alive may lead us to choose the idea that Christine was malevolant the moment she rolled out of the factory.


    EDITIONS
    FIRST EDITION

    Viking 1983.

    "First published in 1982 by the Viking Press"
    on copyright page.

    270,000 first print.
    Dust Jacket price: 16.95$.

    MY EDITION

    New English Library 1984.
    597 pages.
    ISBN 0 450 05674 0.

    Copyright Stephen King, 1983.

    Fiction: Horror


    DEDICATION


    This is for George Romero
    and Chris Forrest Romero.
    And the Burg.
    BOOK BREAKDOWN


    Prologue

    Part I: Dennis - Teenage Car-songs
    1 First Views
    2 The First Argument
    3 The Morning After
    4 Arnie Gets Married
    5 How We Got to Darnell's
    6 Outside
    7 Bad Dreams
    8 First Changes
    9 Buddy Repperton
    10 LeBay Passes
    11 The Funeral
    12 Some Family History
    13 Later That Evening
    14 Christine and Darnell
    15 Football Woes
    16 Enter Leigh, Exit Buddy
    17 Christine on the Street Again
    18 On the Bleachers
    19 The Accident

    Part II: Arnie - Teenage Love-songs
    20 The Second Argument
    21 Arnie and Michael
    22 Sandy
    23 Arnie and Leigh
    24 Seen in the Night
    25 Buddy Visits the Airport
    26 Christine Laid Low
    27 Arnie and Regina
    28 Leigh Makes a Visit
    29 Thanksgiving
    30 Moochie Welch
    31 The Day After
    32 Regina and Michael
    33 Junkins
    34 Leigh and Christine
    35 Now This Brief Interlude
    36 Buddy and Christine
    37 Darnell Cogiates
    38 Breaking Connections
    39 Junkins Again
    40 Arnie in Trouble
    41 The Coming of the Storm
    42 The Storm Breakes

    Part III: Christine - Teenage Death-songs

    43 Leigh Comes to Visit
    44 Detective Work
    45 New Year's Eve
    46 George LeBay Again
    47 The Betrayal
    48 Preparations
    49 Arnie
    50 Petunia
    51 Christine

    Epilogue

    BACKCOVER


    Christine
    WAS EATING INTO HIS MIND,
    BURROWING INTO HIS UNCONSCIOUS


    'That night I had a dream again, only in this one Christine was old - no, not just old; she was ancient, a terrible hulk of a car, something you'd expect to see in a Tarot pack: instead of the Hanged Man, the Death Car... The engine roared and missed and jetted filthy blue oilsmoke.
    It wasn't empty. Roland LeBay was lolling behind the wheel. His eyes were open but they were glazed and dead. Each time the engine revved and Christine's rust-eaten body vibrated, he flopped like a ragdoll. His peeling skull nodded back and forth.'


    Christine, blood-red, fat and finned, was twenty. Her promise lay all in her past. Greedy and big, she was Arnie's obsession, a '58 Plymouth Fury. Broken down but not finished. There was still power in her - a frightening power that leaked like sump oil, staining and corrupting. A malign power that corroded the mind and turned ownership into Possession.
    ALSO KNOWN AS


    Christine (Denmark)
    Christine (Germany)
    Christine (Hungary)
    Christine (Romania)
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