Today I want to ramble a bit about a very famous novel: It by Stephen King. It took me forever to finish this book and carried it halfway across Europe. But last week I finally read the last chapter of this more than 1200 pages long horror thriller.
You could almost consider this novel a classic, but is it worth checking out?
1958 in Derry, somewhere in Maine: 6 children you could call losers meet each other under very unlikely circumstances and become the best friends anyone could ever wish for. But the summer of their lives is overshadowed by a tragedy, or better said a monster that has been haunting Derry for a long time. Kids disappear or are found dead. Our 6 friends soon get to the core of things and have to deal with more than any kid ever should.
However, almost 30 years later it is time for them to reunite and finish what they started in the summer of 1958…
I have a bit of love/hate relationship with Stephen King. His novels are truly frightening, the stuff that nightmares are made of. But, yes here is the big but, no matter how thrilling his books are, you have to admit that his way of writing is a bit trashy. Not too long ago I read George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series where almost every sentence is a beautiful piece of art. It’s funny how different King’s style of writing is, yet you cannot put the book down. It may not be the best of writing, but it is most certainly the most thrilling.
First of all, I like the way King tells this story. He alternates between the present day (or whatever you could consider the present day at the time the book was written) and flashbacks of 1958. The horror slowly starts to unfold and before you know you are sucked into the story and you almost feel like one of the 6 friends.
The way evil is portrayed is also very relatable. The monster bears a different face for everyone, picturing your biggest fear. You will end up wondering what it would look like to you!
Before I leave you with a recommendation for this novel, let me say that it is most definitely not for the faint of heart.
Many of Stephen King’s works a pretty fucked up, but this one really made me wonder how on earth you can come up with stuff like that.
However, despite some rather revolting moments you will not be able to put the book down. Truly a great horror novel!
Did you read any novels by Stephen King? Let me know in the comments what you think!