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Monday, May 23, 2011

It (Stephen King)

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, Derry, Maine, was just their home town: familiar and mostly well-ordered. A good place to live.
However, 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 fear. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing...
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.
Time passed by and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deeply buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back for another confrontation with IT, as it stirred and wrapped around the sour depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Quote: "Sometimes home is where the heart is. I believe that. Old Bobby Frost said home's the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. Unfortunately, it's also the place where, once you're in there, they don't ever want to let you out."

What I liked about this book: On a personal note, I loved the emphasis given to friendship and the love these friends felt for one another. Evil could only be beaten if they were together, as a group, because they were stronger then.
It is also about going back to your roots and revisiting childhood, what makes you remember (or forget) situations. Eventually, as times goes by, you tend to forget the bad things.
In terms of writing, I loved the way Stephen King managed to go back and forth between the 50's and the 80's but never losing grip on the story, as if events were continuing with the same people, just in different times.
I also love the way he describes scenes and characters, making the reader feel like he/she is actually living it as well.

What I disliked about this book: To begin with, it is 1376 pages long! As much as I love reading, by the time I had read approximately 600 pages I was a bit sick and tired of it.
There were high moments with low moments in between, which means that for every two exciting chapters there were a few boring ones. I wish he had been able to maintain the excitement and adrenaline throughout the entire story.

Note: In 1990, "It" was made into a movie starring Richard Thomas, Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis, Brandon Crane and Seth Green.

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