This was my first Stephen King novel and after reading it, I see what all the fuss is about. It makes total sense that each one of his over 50 novels is a worldwide bestseller. King is obviously a master of his craft. This book was unbelievably long, but if I tried to pinpoint any part of it that could have been omitted and not been detrimental to the story, I wouldn’t be able to do it.
Honestly, I was exhausted by the novel’s length and the complicated plot, but found myself eager to finish the story and find out what happens.
I loved the story. It was well paced, well plotted, heartfelt, and so engaging. But it was sad. I don’t know if that’s the reaction that I was “supposed” to have as a reader, but I found the novel as a whole unbelievably sad and find myself thinking about it and getting melancholy days after completing it.
It’s my understanding that the ending of the book isn’t popular. I know my mother hated it. I think it really pulled everything together in a way that it couldn’t have done otherwise.
I highly recommend this novel if you have the patience for it.