Oh This Makes My Language Heart Ache

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Christine62

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Just started listening to IT audio book and so I'm driving along and I almost get in a wreck hearing this passage---a lesser writer would have said "the memories came back" but Mr. King stunned me with what he did with this--from IT chapter five:

All the thoughts and memories were catching up-in Bill, gee, we almost lost sight of you for awhile there, but here we are-rejoining him, climbing up his shirt and jumping into his ear and whooshing into his brain like little kids going down a slide. He could feel them settling into their accustomed places, their feverish bodies jostling each other. Gosh! Wow! Here we are inside Bill's head again! Let's think about George! Okay! Who wants to start?
 

Christine62

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Arriving late to the party--I have only just begun reading Mr. King's novels--read mostly his short stories before. And even in the short stories and certainly the novels, Mr. King takes his time. He is about story but he creates a world with his words. Finely drawing his characters and the scenery and the angst and desire in language that stuns me. He doesn't speed past the description, character development "to get to the good stuff"--for a lover of words--it's all good stuff. What I want to know is did he just "discover" this description of Bill trying to out-race his haunting memories of his little brother and how they caught up to him and crawled up his shirt and through his ears to his brain like happy children on a slide---or did he go back and "craft" it?
 

Phantomking

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I love It when he does this too. Another good example of this is Alan Pangborn in Needful Things and his sadness over his wife and son
 
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