Another book by Stephen King is done. READ. This time, it is on “Christine”, a novel penned by Stephen King circa 1978 I reckon and made published in 1983. And I just found that this edition of which belonged to my sister and she bought it from the renowned Penang Flea Market, Chowrasta – is the first edition of its publishing! As mysteriously gory as the content, so does the book I read. But I like that feeling. The feeling of oldness. Ancient secret, you know?
“Christine” chronicles on a Plymouth Fury ’58 car which came with a white-and-red colour. It first attracted the attention of a nerdy teenager named Arnie Cunningham. Arnie was described as a bespectacled dork who was a pimply-faced but very good with mechanical stuffs. His only best friend; and friend; was the jock Dennis Guilder (an irony combination, no? I don’t think we find that in real American life! In Asia, perhaps as we tend to NOT be superficial; but in America? No Way Jose!). Instantaneously when Arnie saw the defunct-and-rusty Christine, he ‘fell in love’ and completely besotted with her. Without concrete reason, he purchased the old car from the owner, an ill-tempered angry veteran soldier named Roland Le Bay; who shortly after selling Christine, had died. Suddenly – with no proper cause. Just died.
The 1983 film poster – in the same year the novel was published.
Arnie Cunningham was so into Christine that everything he did in life revolved around the car. He was a complete bedazzled and obsessed with Christine – treating it as if it was a girl! As if it was like an ancient old curse/magic, Arnie’s face became better. No more pimply ooze coming out; no more being called “CuntFace or PizzaFace” by the ruthless people around. It was as if that Christine had bestowed some rejuvenation spirit to Arnie.
Arnie Cunningham. Awww, he’s so naive-looking. My heart goes for him. It’s kinda sad to know that he was the victim in the story.
Dennis Guilder. The supposed erectile-horny jock! (I just loathe the character although Stephen King illustrated him as the hero)
Leigh Cabot. The girlfriend slut. Who nearly killed by Christine by choking hamburger. Geesh!
He then got himself into problems with the school rookies; Buddy Repperton and his gang – and he also became hostile with his domineering parents. The turning point was when Repperton & his rookie gang vandalized Christine and even SHIT on Christine’s washboard!!! True to the Stephen King’s classic, Christine regenerated (not instantaneously; gradually in an au naturel way that the regeneration wasn’t an apparent occurrence) and set to seek revenge. She killed all the 7 people partaking in vandalizing her; in a merciless and brutal ways.
Christine got vandalized by Repperton and the rookies gang.
Amidst these events, Arnie has gotten himself a girlfriend named Leigh Cabot. The relationship initially went fine until Christine tried to ‘kill’ Leigh by making it as if an accident. How? Leigh and Arnie were having their date when suddenly Leigh choked on the hamburger she was eating! Luckily, a hitchhiker was with them; he pulled Leigh out from Christine and did the Heimlich Manoeuvre (a first aid step done when someone got choked); Arnie however seemed to be unconsciously under Christine’s spell. He was not helping Leigh – as if he was merely ‘watching’ Leigh dying.
Cornering Moochie (one of Repperton’s rookie gang) and then – splattered his blood into dots of ink, of course! Hahaha!
With all these commotion, Leigh then dated the jock Dennis Guilder (I just hate this part! I feel like slapping both characters! What a slut and a prick, man! Unfortunately, Stephen King narrated the story from the perspective of Dennis Guilder; so reading the lines in accordance to how Dennis have felt or did was SIMPLY ANNOYING!!!! Of course both Leigh and Dennis were feeling ‘ashamed’ of the betrayal but still, that sexual attraction didn’t seem to fade away!). Both of them then realized that Arnie had become stranger gradually and soon they learned that the evil spirit of Roland Le Bay had possessed Arnie through Christine.
Christine while trying to kill Dennis Guilder & Leigh Cabot!
They concocted plan to ‘kill’ Christine by demolishing her with a septic tank called Petunia (Hahaha, Naz!) and crushed the remnant of Christine. Arnie Cunningham was killed in a separated accident – as if like when Christine was demolished, the evil spirit of Roland Le Bay inside Arnie had died and somehow it was meant to be that Arnie was to die, too.
On whole, I enjoyed reading the book. Of course, it’s hard for me to make synopsis out of it; might as well you guys peruse Wikipedia if you are looking for the synopsis, eh?; but truly it was a genius and creative one by Stephen King. Why? Because it’s true. Cars are usually referred to with girls’ names. Don’t you guys realize that? And a car’s spell to a guy is on the same parallel as to how a girl to a guy. Or maybe stronger!
Through this novel too, I’ve learned a few types of cars (I am not really a car fan. I didn’t even know the names of cars in Malaysian market prior to having my Myvi) such as Cadillac, Camaro, Plymouth Fury 58, Duster, etc. Reading novels like Stephen King’s isn’t simply to drench our minds with imaginative visions; it can also harness your general knowledge, no? Now, we all (most of us) named our cars, aite? And it’s true, mostly the names are girls’ names. If Arnie Cunningham had Christine, I have my Dazzling Red Myvi, Dagny Taggart. Wouldn’t be a bit eerie now to drive a car with Christine’s blood-thirst jealousy swirled inside your mind? I guess Stephen King was trying to illustrate to us – what if cars have the feeling?
My Dagny Taggart. Who is Dagny Taggart? A protagonist from Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” (my favourite, too). Go Google!
Up for us to find out.