Misery Book Summary and Study Guide

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An author by the name of Paul Sheldon ends up having a terrible car accident on the highway. He awakes to find himself in a bed that is not his own, nor a hospital bed. Instead, an ex-nurse named Annie Wilkes is standing over him, telling him she is his number one fan.
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But he later finds out it isn't fortunate to have been found by her. Enraged that Paul killed his main character in his series "Misery", she insists that he write a book, just for her, of the character coming back alive.
But while struggling to write the book, he finds out more about Annie and why she is no longer a nurse as she physically keeps him from leaving the house in a torturing way.

The review of this Book prepared by Mariann Lilly

Probably one of the greatest thrillers ever written, "Misery" captures the reader from the very beginning. I'm sure everyone has seen the movie, but the book brings you so much more. You get to read the book that Annie is forcing Paul to write, "Misery's Return" throughout. The book within a book concept is brilliant! Up until the explosive ending, you find yourself cheering for Paul and fearing Annie. If you haven't read this one yet, you need to.
The review of this Book prepared by Anthony

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   crazed lover/family member

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to torture Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   impaled Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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