I have just finished IT for the second time and it has struck me once again that above all other things this novel is (terrifying, funny, witty etc) it is also deeply upsetting in places. I have seen posts on here about hoe brilliant, scary and disturbing the book is but none eloborate on the sheer sadness and im wondering if its just me who cries in places.
Some (but not all) parts which I find almost unbearably sad and which stay with me after I put the book down:
George's death and most specifically the way Bill remembers the last moments with him.
Ben's childhood. The bullying. His unrequited love for Bevvy. I find the part where he decides to spend his pocket money on a postcard and writes her the poem so sweet and sad. Also later when he tells her that shed laugh in his face if a boy like him wrote the poem.
Mikes memories of his dying father.
Mr chips being poisoned.
Eddies death and them leaving him in the dark sewers.
Bev seeing Stan and Eddy in the mirror one last time when they are both dead
The fact their friendship breaks apart and after the promise they never are together again (all 7 at least)
The fact they all forget each other and what they shared except in dreams. The last line of the book was heartbreaking.