- Paperback: 1392 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 01 edition (12 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444707868
- ISBN-13: 978-1444707861
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 6.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
One of the greatest storytellers of our time (Guardian)
A writer of excellence . . . King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel. (The Sunday Times)
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It combines all of the elements that have made Stephen King into one of the most highly (though not universally) respected writers of this century. The childhood memories, the emotional struggles (a demonic killer paling into comparison next to getting the girl you like to notice you, or standing up to the local bully), friendship, unity and sheer, heart-stopping terror.
It is slow, so if you prefer a story that will thrust you into the thick of it right away, don't be fooled by the opening of this one. There is a shocking opening, but after that, there is a lot of scene-setting before things really get going again. However, if you want to experience this master storyteller at his very best, then let him take you into the very heart and soul of Derry, and he'll leave you changed forever.
This book, as with so many of King's works, plays on the bonds between the principal characters, but with the page count well into the thousand mark, he really has time to make you feel for them.
DO NOT judge this book on the basis of the movie. The movie was terrible by comparison, forsaking large chunks of the story for the sake of the nicely-nicely Hollywood machine. Read this in its own right, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
...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 ›
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I know that is a bold statement, but one that I honestly believe. I teach English in a very popular UK college and I am widely read, I love Heany, Shelley, Dickens, Harris,... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Andrew wood
A masterpiece. Horror yes, but a story of friend's, youth and love. Hardship and pain. Six souls against IT. A new film I believe in 2017?Published 2 days ago by alan c
It's more than thirty years since It was first published and for some reason, it's an early King I never got round to reading. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bookie
A long read but worth it , a very tense read in some parts . Better than the movie and one of his best books.Published 8 days ago by M Kenney
This book started great, draws the reader in. Pennywise was frightening, what happened to George Denbrough played on my mind for a couple of weeks. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
My favourite ever book, read for about the 10th time :) If you haven't read this, do, you won't regret it. ;)Published 9 days ago by Kerrie Louise Harding
Put simply - a masterpiece, this book has the lot and remains kings best, some may say too long and while it's not every ones cup of tea it never sags, I'd recommend to anyone who... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Paul f84
Seen the Movie so many times so wanted to try the book. Each Chapter really breathed new life into the Story. A fantastic novel but the great mind of Stephen King. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Pen Name