It Hardcover – 1 Sep 1986
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Stephen King's idea for It came from a favorite childhood image: the entire cast of the Bugs Bunny Show coming on at the beginning. He thought of bringing on all the monsters, one last time: Dracula, Frankenstein's creature, the Werewolf, the Crawling Eye, Rodan, It Came from Outer Space.
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.
A great scary book. ("San Francisco Chronicle") A landmark in American literature. ("Chicago Sun-Times") [King's] best novel since "Firestarter," ("People") A sprawling scare-fest. ("Philadelphia Inquirer") --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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...but it works! I am no particular fan of big books: they have their place (summer hols on the beach, or long winter evenings in bed, for instance) but I can get as much out of a short book as a long one. Nevertheless, while many passages seem (in fact they often ARE) disconnected from the main storyline, they all count in their own way, in painting a much bigger and gloriously detailed picture. What is more, IT is exceptionally well written and every passage is a joy to read. Consider chapter 6.5, in which one of the characters (Mike Hanlon) describes his father's yearly ritual of starting up the farm's old Model A Ford in time for the Spring's farm work. The passage is too long to quote, but here is a flavour...
"When it was running, and Mike was sitting in the passenger seat, smelling hot oil and blue exhaust, excited by the keen breeze that washed in through the glassless hole where the windshield had once been, he would think 'Spring's here again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Revisited this story as I never finished it as a kid. Brilliant. That is all. Never saw the film, but the books are always (often) better.Published 7 days ago by StuML
This is, as far as I am concerned, the best Stephen King novel, and I've read lots.Published 12 days ago by JimBob
I was introduced to this book by a good friend who loves Stephen kings books. But IT is particularly her favourite. I started to read it and was instantly hooked. Read morePublished 19 days ago by megan carter
After a long wait my book arrived excellent condition am very pleased with book.Published 24 days ago by lynn mcfee
This is a book of my childhood and again of my adulthood. A fantastic book that takes you deep into It and takes you on a rollercoaster ride. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jason Warden