It is about a group of adults who were once troubled children in the late '50s--"The Losers." One of them is a best selling horror writer much like Stephen King (or his friend and collaborator Peter Straub). In order to defeat the protean "It" that threatens their hometown, they have to go back- -not only to the town itself, but deep into their childhood memories, to regain the talent for magic they once had. King says It is for "the buried child in us, but I'm writing for the grown-up, too. I want grown-ups to look at the child long enough to be able to give him up."
This huge, baggy beast of a novel is a favorite of Stephen King fans--second in popularity only to The Stand. Perhaps longtime fans develop mental filters for King's sloppy storytelling to tune out the repetitions and silliness. King is like the pointillist painter Seurat: if you stand too close to the little dots, the picture falls apart, and it looks meaningless. That's why he makes the storyscape so big--to take you up to that macro-level where you like the book in spite of its flaws. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is quite possibly the best book I've ever read. It's all here. Love, horror, aching nostalgia, and togetherness. The human condition made realPublished 18 days ago by Kel
I'm not an avid Stephen King fan and haven't read many of his books. However, this is hands down the most hitting book I've ever read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vicky
I used to read a lot of Stephen King in my late teens and early 20’s. I loved stuff like Misery, The Shining, Salem’s Lot and even Dolores Claiborne and the Dark Half. Read morePublished 1 month ago by that's what it's all about
I have been a fan of Stephen for many years and can't quite understand how I missed this gem. Perhaps my tastes had changed away from horror over the years, or maybe it was just... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Salkeld
If your new to Stephen King this is the book to start with. Horror yes but the warmth of childhood friendships interwovenPublished 2 months ago by Jay
The book is a lot better than the film(not that the film is not good. It is brill.) But the book goes into more detail about all the characters and things that had happened before... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Angela J.