Written by: Vitina Molgaard
‘If being a kid is about learning to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.’
What an interesting love story Mr. Stephen King created when he penned this 1983 offering. And it is most definitely that, with one very different aspect to the affair, the introduction to a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine. This is not your ‘average’ love story, but then who would expect that from Mr. King?
The tale involves two teenage males who have been best friends since very early childhood: Dennis Guilder and Arnold Cunningham. Dennis the successful, well liked student has been protecting, while also being a genuine friend to ‘Arnie’, the nerdy buddy, if you will. There is also a young woman introduced into their lives during senior year, and while there is a slight bit of envy between the two boys over her, she is actually not the catalyst that subsequently destroys Arnie and Dennis’ friendship. That would have been much simpler than the actual problem that works into this story.
The main trouble is the car, Christine – who turns out to be one possessive and possessed wicked moving vehicle. She has an agenda all her own and there is nothing pleasant about an automobile with her own obsession and penchant for murder. And rest assured, murder and revenge are definitely on her mind.
This is a story I had put aside for a good number of years, always with the intention of reading it the first moment available. Well, that lengthy delay proved I’d been missing something quite unique. This was made into a movie and I had seen it and enjoyed it, but the film – as amazing as it is – just didn’t do the story true justice. While the movie did a good job of telling the tale, the book ultimately has so much more to offer. The depth of the characters and deep insight into their motivations ultimately leave the novel exponentially more fulfilling, and richer.
I recommend this read with resounding enthusiasm. If you have never read Christine, do so now. And if you have read it before but find yourself in the mood for some vintage King, this is the book for you!