Another one that wasn't at all what I was expecting! I don't think I've ever seen the whole movie, but I've seen enough that I was completely shockedAnother one that wasn't at all what I was expecting! I don't think I've ever seen the whole movie, but I've seen enough that I was completely shocked at how much more gruesome and frightening the book was. I couldn't stop reading it. Excellently paced and not at all dull despite the lack of characters. Terrifyingly believable.
This is exactly why I try to tone down my fan-girl self...I don't want anyone to think I'm an Annie Wilkes. Seriously....more
Sometimes a book is so much a part of pop culture, that you feel like you've read it and know it even though you haven't. This book is a shining exampSometimes a book is so much a part of pop culture, that you feel like you've read it and know it even though you haven't. This book is a shining example. It's also an exemplary example of why you shouldn't trust that feeling. This book was so much more than what I was expecting.
It's beautiful, sad, funny, tragic, terrifying, hopeful and more. A coming of age tale unlike any other. One of the things that I loved about this book was the split time line. As you're reading, you're going between the "present day" (1985) and 27 years earlier when the characters almost defeated It as children. The parallels are interesting and the transitions seamless. As the novel picks up pace toward the end, the changes happen more quickly and are interspersed with short sections from the perspective of It and the town as well. It's both thrilling and frustrating, but in the best sort of way, propelling you on towards the explosive finish. And the aftermath.
Stop reading right here if you've not read the book and plan to.
Two pages from the end, there's just this beautiful section of what it is to grow up:
So you leave, and there is an urge to look back, to look back just once as the sunset fades, to see that severe New England skyline one final time-the spires, the Standpipe, Paul with his axe slung over his shoulder. But it is perhaps not such a good idea to look back -- all the stories say so. Look what happened to Lot's wife. Best not to look back. Best to believe there will be happily ever afters all the way around -- and so there may be; who is to say there will not be such endings? Not all boats which sail away into darkness never find the sun again, or the hand of another child; if life teaches anything at all, it teaches that there are so many happy endings that the man who believes there is no God needs his rationality called into serious question. you leave and you leave quick when the sun starts to go down, he thinks in this dream. That's what you do. And if you spare a last thought, maybe it's ghosts you wonder about ... the ghosts of children standing in the water at sunset, standing in a circle, standing with their hands joined together, their faces young, sure, but tough ... tough enough, anyway, to give birth to the people they will become, tough enough to understand, maybe, that the people they will become must necessarily birth the people they were before they can get on with trying to understand simple mortality. The circle closes, the wheel rolls, and that's all there is.
You don't have to look back to see those children; part of your mind will see them forever, live with them forever, love with them forever. They are not necessarily the best part of you, but they were once the repository of all you could become.
Children I love you. I love you so much.
So drive away quick, drive away while the last of the light slips away, drive away from Derry, from memory ... but not from desire. That stays, the bright cameo of all we were and all we believed as children, all that shone in our eyes even when we were lost and the wind blew in the night.
Drive away and try to keep smiling. Get a little rock and roll on the radio and go toward all the life there is with all the courage you can find and all the lelief you can muster. Be true, be brave, stand. All the rest is darkness."...more
In my endeavor to read all of Stephen King's published works in the order in which they were published I ran(*Note: this is not a review of the book*)
In my endeavor to read all of Stephen King's published works in the order in which they were published I ran into a bit of trouble with the Stand. King's website has a comprehensive list of his written works that you can organize by various parameters, including publication date. I decided that if they were short stories that I would read them according to when they were collected, not originally published. If they hadn't been collected yet (i.e. they were published in some magazine 40 years ago) I wasn't going to worry about them.
And so it began.
Carrie Rage (Bachman story that of which it was very difficult to get a copy of, and I admittedly haven't actually finished reading yet). The Shining The Night Shift a Collection of short stories including: Battleground, Children of the Corn, Graveyard Shift, I am the Doorway, I Know What you Need, Jerusalem's Lot, Night Surf, One for the Road, Quitter's Inc., Sometimes they Come Back, Strawberry Spring, The Boogeyman, The Last Rung on the Ladder, The Lawnmower Man, The Ledge, The Man Who Loved Flowers, The Mangler, The Woman in the Room, Trucks and Grey Matter. The Long Walk (Bachman Novel) The Dead Zone Firestarter Danse Macabre
It was while reading Danse Macabre that I came across a reference to the Stand as a book that he had already written and published. I was very confused as to why it wasn't on the list. I try to make sure I have the next book lined up before I finish the current book so that there's no waiting. After a little research I was able to discover that he originally published The Stand in 1978 with a lot (more than 150,000 words) cut from the manuscript. It was later republished with some of that put in and pop culture references amended.
I thought it would be fun to read the original cut version and then the updated complete uncut version and see the differences, but I had a difficult time locating a copy of one of the originals, so I said forget it.
On Sundays at the book store we buy used books from people to have in the store and sell. I think you can see where this is going. Someone brought in one of those original 1980 printings of The Stand. Thusly, my reading of the Gunslinger is being put on hold.
And just to finish up where we're at in the King list:
Roadwork Cujo Different Seasons a novella collection containing Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Body, Apt Pupil and The Breathing Method The Running Man ...more