Date finished: Sunday 27th August 2017
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.
It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.
Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.”
This is officially the longest book I have ever read. Before reading it I spent a little while decided do I or don’t I and then when I decided to take the plunge I thought I’d probably read it then take a break occasionally and read something else to lighten the mood and take a break as it was so long. I made it through the whole book without taking any reading breaks or even really hitting any slumps.
I knew nothing about this book going in except that there was a clown in it. I have never seen the movie, but I had seen the trailer for the new 2017 movie that’s coming out this month. That trailer was the main reason I decided to read the book and try and finish it before I saw the movie.
Stephen King has this way of writing that just sucks you in and you end up completely absorbed in his worlds and stories. Despite being such a long book, no part of the book felt unnecessary or filler and everything was tied together wonderfully at the end.
In terms of spooks, I don’t think I found the book overly scary, but to be honest books don’t seem to scare me as much as the cinematic medium does. I can appreciate how scary the book is, and I’m looking forward (and slightly terrified) to see the movie in the cinema, but unless I’m just slightly more grown up now or something I didn’t find the book stopped me sleeping or scared me too much.
I loved the way the book was written: with the main cast of characters as children and as adults, with the storied being told alongside each other in parallel to show the similarities between events than and events now, and I completely appreciate the decision for the new movie to be two movies with the characters as their different ages. I do think the movies may lose something by not showing the events occurring simultaneously as the book does though.
The only real criticism I do have for this book is that I found the ending somewhat anticlimactic. It felt like we went through so much in those 1377 pages and nothing really kind of came of it all. There was no real reward for investing all that time and energy into the novel, but then maybe that’s the point of it all?
That said, I really enjoyed reading this book. Going in I wasn’t sure what I was going to think or how it was going to go. Or indeed, I knew nothing about the story going in other than there was a clown. I’m looking forward to the new big screen adaption, and I’m glad I read the book. I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t heard of this book, and I’m just proud I finished it.
My rating: 8/10