“This was begun in Bangor, Maine, on September 9th, 1981, and completed in Bangor, Maine, on December 28th, 1985.” Stephen King (p.1376)
Yes, that quote really is from page, 1376. Not such a big deal in Stephen King world; with The Stand, Under the Dome and Insomnia among the Epic titles.
IT was a great book that kept me gripped all the way through; I was immerssed in the Derry way of life and with the main character’s struggle against evil. The novel is so long, I don’t really know where to begin…
…Well, how about the little paper boat. It is this object that signifies the beginning and the end of the novel. Little George Denbrough, is sailing the boat when it suddenly gets sucked into a storm drain:
“George blinked and looked again. He could barley credit what he saw… There was a clown in the storm drain” (p.15)
Sadly for little Denbrough that is the end. But for us it begins a story of friendship and revenge spanning over a 27 year period.
The entity – IT – comes in the guise of your deepest fear: whether it be a Spider, Clown, Werewolf or a Giant statue; IT will be waiting. However, IT mainly shows itself in the form of a Clown, to entice young children to “float” in the sewers with him (AN INVITATION TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS!)
The story is told through the third person omniscient mode which switches between 1957 and present day (1985). King explores the themes of friendship, adolescence and the power they can bring.
As always with Stephen King, all of the characters are interesting – you can’t help but feel, even for the bad ones – and the storytelling astounding. King became known for this type of novel: Small town, memory of childhood and monsters preying on common fear.
This “genre placement” – which is unfair as he writes across a wide spectrum – has largely stuck, but I think that it’s his ability to create fully functional fictitious town/community that really defines his work.
Even if you’ve seen the film, IT is a highly recommended read. Just be realistic with the timescale (as it’s looooonnng) and make sure you have easy access to a light switch during the night, as those early childhood fears are sure to come sweeping back.
Section that Stayed.
The first glimpse of Pennywise the Clown is the section that freaked me the most. The Dialogue is excellent in this passage:
“…Therefore I will introduce myself. I Georgie, am Mr Bob Gray, also know as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Pennywise, meet George Denbrough. George, meet Pennywise. And now we know each other. I’m not a stranger to you, and you’re not a stranger to me. Kee-rect?” (p.16)
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