Synopsis: To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.
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 dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.
Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
Review: I never really liked clowns. When I was a child, they made most of my classmates laugh, but not me. I never found them funny. I think I know why now.
And then, never again will I look at a sewer plate in the same way. Never. I even think that the next time my footsteps cross one of them, I will change of sidewalk. Just in case.
That’s the effect “It” …
Stephen King has a gift, the one of arousing fear from situations that, with others, borders on ridicule. A voice coming out of a sewer plate? Balloons in a tunnel? Let me laugh! Sorry … Let me slam my teeth, and not because I’m cold …
We find the small town of Derry in which Bill lives, Bill who lost his brother inexplicably. He is not the only one who has suffered such facts: disappearance, drowning … Derry seems to be affected by an evil on which no one can put a face. The years pass, 27 to be precise, and It returns, It on which one can not put name or face, except the one of horror.
If I tell you that I am squeamish, you will understand that “It” It had the same effect on me as the best horror movies. I gathered all my cats to sleep with me at night so they can protect me, and I even picked up a stuffed toy, in case one of them had the brilliant idea of deserting. And yet, “It”, it’s not just the story of horror. It is also one of daily life, questions, portraits that the author weaves and which are a true reflection of the Derry society. But it only takes a few pages to change everything, and the author’s pen, much more elaborate than in my memories, has succeeded in making me switch every time.
Needless to turn around the pot: did I like it? Yes !
Shall I read a Stephen King novel again? Yes !
Will I see the movie at the theater? Uh, joker! Remember, I’m squeamish.
Will I be able again cross a sewer plate? Not sure !
I’ve never read the book but I have seen the old mini series and the new movie and I like the overall story. The new movie was really good!
I remember when I first read IT my feelings were similar to yours. Only I had no cats or a stuffed toy to protect me.
I remember reading this in high school and both loving it and being scared of it LOL! So glad you enjoyed it!
OMG just looking at this cover gives me goosebumps!!! Yikes! The trailer drove me nuts, I could never watch the movie, but the book could be a maybe. Just not at night.;-)
Been wanting to watch IT in the big screen but I don’t have anyone who’s brave enough to go with me, so right now I’m waiting to get a digital copy. While waiting, I think I’ll get a copy of the book and read it first. Sounds really good, I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it Melliane 🙂
I bought this audiobook over the summer and plan to listen to it in the next month or two. I kind of want to see the movie but maybe I should experience the story first. Glad you enjoyed it.
I never read the book but I loved the mini series.
I do admire Steven King but never read the book or watched the movie. Glad you enjoyed it.
Oh gosh I love this book. It was my first foray into King almost thirty years ago as a tender 15 year old. I haven’t stopped reading King since. This one remains one of my all time favs by him. I hope you try 11-22-63. My second favorite.
That is exactly why I probably won’t read this one. I’m already freaked out about clowns…. and I’ve heard how well he writes horror so I haven’t been brave enough yet. Either that or I need more cats. 🙂
My daughter and I recently watched the original It movie and it was okay, but we are looking forward to the new movie of it. I would certainly like to read the book, I normally enjoy the books so much more than the movies. Great revew!
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It’s been forever since I read IT lol I should do a reread
I actually remember being very bored when I read this years and years ago, but then admittedly I’m not a big fan of King’s older stuff. I should try the book again one day though, to see if my perspective on it has changed.
I read this as a young adult and loved the heck out of it. I just got the audiobook to do a re-read. Or should I say listen 🙂
I loved this story so much. I tell people it is a story about friendship and people look at me like I’m crazy, but once you read it, you get it. Great review.
oh gawd. Scary *hides*
I’ve not read his books. I’ve heard they are creepy. But I have seen a few in movie form.