Review Buku IT - Stephen King

Published: Wednesday, 02 October 2019 Written by Dipidiff

 

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Judul : IT

Penulis : Stephen King

Jenis Buku : Horror Thriller

Penerbit : Hodder & Stoughton General Division 

Tahun Terbit : Juli 2017

Jumlah Halaman :  1392 halaman

Dimensi Buku : 11.50 x 17.70 x 6.90 cm

Harga : Rp. 144.000*harga sewaktu-waktu dapat berubah

ISBN : 9781473666931

Paperback

Edisi Bahasa Inggris

  

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Sekelumit Tentang Isi 

Selamat datang di Derry, Maine. Ini adalah kota kecil, tempat yang sangat dikenal sebagai kampung halaman. Hanya saja di Derry hal-hal menyeramkan yang menghantui itu nyata terjadi.

Enam dari tujuh orang remaja yang bersahabat dan tergabung dalam geng pecundang sekarang adalah pria dan wanita dewasa yang telah pergi jauh dari Derry, Maine, untuk meraih kesuksesan dan kebahagiaan. Tetapi janji yang mereka buat dua puluh delapan tahun yang lalu, saat mereka pertama kali menghadapi It dan kengeriannya yang memangsa anak-anak kota, menuntut mereka bersatu kembali di tempat yang sama.

Anak-anak di Derry kembali terbunuh. Awalnya mereka tidak ingat sama sekali kejadian masa remaja itu, kecuali Mike yang tetap tinggal di Derry. Tapi berangsur memori itu kembali, kali ini disertai teror yang makin menakutkan dari It, badut Pennywise, dan monster-monsternya yang sadis dan menjijikkan. Mereka ada di gorong-gorong kota Derry dan bersiap untuk sekali lagi melawan makhluk jahat yang bersembunyi di sana.

 

Pembaca Stephen King tahu bahwa Derry, Maine, adalah kota yang gelap, dalam, dan menakutkan yang diciptakan oleh Stephen King. Kota Derry muncul sebagai latar cerita di banyak bukunya, termasuk Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, dan 11/22/63. Tapi awal mula kota ini dikisahkan adalah dari buku It.

 

Seputar Fisik Buku dan Disainnya

 

 

Buku ini termasuk istimewa karena tebal halamannya yang mencapai 1376 halaman. Ukuran buku yang saya baca seperti novel paperback pada umumnya. Saya suka disain covernya yang misterius, sangat mencerminkan isi cerita, tapi juga sederhana. Ada disain sampul lain untuk buku ini yang didominasi warna putih, tapi saya jauh lebih menyukai cover hitamnya.

 

Tokoh dan Karakter

Bill

Ben

Bev

Eddie

Mike

Richie

Stan

 

Karakter para tokoh utama tergambarkan dengan jelas, salah satunya karena setiap tokoh utama dibahas per bab di buku ini. Ada satu adegan yang bahkan menghabiskan 100 halaman lebih.

 

Alur dan Latar

Alur novel ini kadang terasa cepat kadang lambat. Kisah disampaikan dari sudut pandang banyak tokoh, bahkan ada bab yang narasinya dari sudut pandang It. Konfliknya intinya jelas terbaca, tapi penyelesaiannya menarik untuk disimak. Endingnya tertutup dan bahagia, bahkan ada sentuhan manisnya. Ada juga unsur romance di dalam cerita. Isu yang diangkat di buku ini bukan semata-mata teror hantu dan monster tapi beberapa topik sensitif seperti perisakan, kekerasan, dan lain-lain. Persahabatan juga menjadi inti ide cerita. Alurnya juga maju dan mundur dengan kecepatan yang berbeda. Di awal-awal cerita pergantian latar waktu, antara masa lalu (ketika para tokohnya masih usia belasan tahun) dan masa sekarang (saat para tokoh utama telah dewasa), lebih berjarak, seperti umumnya novel-novel dengan alur kombinasi maju dan mundur. Tapi pergantian alur ini makin cepat dan mencapai puncaknya di akhir-akhir bab, di sekitar 1200an halaman. Antara masa depan dan masa lalu silih berganti diceritakan dalam satu bab. Kadang, satu-satunya pegangan kita adalah keterangan tempat dan tahun yang selalu disertakan King di sisi kanan halaman sebelum alur berubah.

Latar lokasi dan suasananya sangat detail. Untuk yang suka hal-hal rinci informasi seperti ini sangat terasa luar biasa. Tapi memang butuh konsentrasi saat menyimak cerita untuk bisa mengingat banyak hal yang disampaikan, bukan cuma tentang latar tapi juga jumlah tokohnya banyak.

They went upstairs and down the hall to Bill’s room. It was boy-neat, which meant it would have given the mother of the boy in question only a mild headache to look at. The shelves were stuffed with a helter-skelter collection of boooks and comics. There were more comics, plus a few models and toys and a stack of 45s, on the desk. There was aso an old Underwood office model typewriter on it. His folks had given it to him for Christmas two years ago, and Bill sometimes wrote stories on it.

...

Page 401

Ben loved the library.

He loved the way it was always cool, even on the hottest day of a long hot summer; he loved its murmuring quiet, broken only by occasional whispers, the faint thud of a librarian stamping books and cards, or the riffle of pages being turned in the Periodicals Room, where the old men hung out, reading newspapaers which had been threaded into long sticks. He loved the quality of the light, which slanted through the high narrow windows in the afternoons or glowed in lazy pools thrown by the chain-hung globes on winter evenings while the wind whined outside. He like the smell of the books – a spicy smell, faintly fabulous. He would sometimes walk through the adult stacks, ...

Page 212

 

The house at 29 Neitbolt Street was just outside the Derry trainyards. It was old and boarded up, its porch gradually sinking back into the ground, its lawn an overgrown field. An old trike, rusting  and overturned, hid in that long grass, one wheel sticking up at an angle.

But on the left side of the porch there was a huge bald patch in the lawn and you could see dirty cellar windows set into the house’s crumbling brick foundation. It was in one of those windows that Eddie Kaspbrak first saw the face of the leper six weeks ago.

Page 366

 

Yang menarik dan atau disuka dari Buku ini

Sebelum masuk part selalu ada kutipan dari tokoh-tokoh tertentu. Ternyata tokoh-tokoh yang dikutip ucapannya sangat beragam latar profesinya. Ada yang seorang penyair, ilmuwa, ada pula yang seniman atau penulis lagu.

PART 1

THE SHADOW BEFORE

‘They begin!

The perfections are sharpened

The flower spreads its colored petals

Wide in the sun

But the tongue of the bee

Misses them

They sink back into the loam

Crying out

You may call it a cry

that creeps over them, a shiver

as they wilt and disappear...’

- William Carlos Williams,

Paterson

‘Born down in a dead man’s town’

- Bruce Springsteen

 

Cara King menulis di novel ini 'kasar' tapi engaging. Contohnya di bawah ini,

According to the stories, you could go in there any night and see me close-dancing, rubbing their cocks together right out on the dancefloor; men french-kissing at the bar; men getting blow jobs in the bathrooms. There was supposedly a room out back where you went if you wanted to spend a little time on the Tower of Power – there was a big old fellow in a Nazi uniform back there who kept his arm greased most of the way to the shoulder and who would be happy to take care of you. ...

Page 31

 

Pendalaman karakternya sangat bagus. Tiap tokoh terdeskripsikan isi pikiran dan perasaannya, dan seringkali pertanyaan-pertanyaan sederhana dalam hidup terbahas dengan sangat mengena. Contohnya tokoh Ben yang pendiam, kelebihan berat badan, pintar, sopan, yang sebenarnya sangat bahagia dengan kesendiriannya hingga tidak menyadari bahwa ia sebenarnya kesepian.

If someone had asked him, ‘Ben, are you lonely?,’ He would have looked at that someone with real surprise. The question had never even occured to him. He had no friends, but he had his books and his dreams; he had his Revell models; he had a gigantic set of Lincoln Logs and built all sorts of stuff with them. His mother had exclaimed more than once that came from blueprints. He had a pretty good Erector Set, too. He was hoping for the Super Set when his birthday came around in October. With that one you could build a clock that really told time and a car with real gears in it. Lonely? He might have asked in return, honestly foozled. Huh? What?

Page 210

 

 

Tipe horornya yang imajinatif dan berdarah-darah mengingatkan saya pada buku-buku horor yang saya baca tahun 90-an. Adegannya banyak yang detail dan sadis (gore). Seperti filmnya, buku IT juga mendeskripsikan adegan terbunuhnya anak-anak yang menjadi korban IT dengan jelas, juga adegan teror para 'hantu'. Buku IT mungkin saja seram buat teman-teman, tapi mungkin juga tidak. Ini saya kira akan kembali pada 'selera dan definisi' horor masing-masing pembaca. Personally, sejauh ini IT tidak menakutkan buat saya karena sangat terasa fiksinya - berbeda dengan horor hantu di dunia nyata.

He looked at the picture fixedly for some time and was about to close the book when what had happened in December happened again.

George’s eyes rolled in the picture. They turned up to meet Bill’s own. George’s artificial say-cheese smile turned into a horrid leer. His right eye drooped closed in a wink: See you soon, Bill. In my closet. Maybe tonight.

Bill threw the book accross the room. He clapped his hands over the mouth.

The book struck the wall and fell to the floor, open. The pages turned, altough there was no draft. The book opened itself to that awful picture again, the picture which said SCHOOL FRIENDS 1957-58 beneath it.

Blood began to flow from the picture.

...

Page 296

 

The smell was what made him look back. The over whelming smell, as if fish had been left to rot in a huge pile that had become carrion – slushy in the summer heat. It was the smell of a dead ocean.

It wasn't Dorsey after him now; it was the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The thing’s snout was long and pleated. Green fluid dripped from black gashes like vertical mouths in its cheeks. Its eyes were white and jellylike. Its webbed fingers were tipped with claws like razors. Its respiration was bubbly and deep, the sound of a diver with a bad regulator. As it saw Eddie looking, its green-black lips wrinkled back from huge fangs in a dead and vacan smile.

...

Page 315

 

Isu-isu yang diangkat di novel ini lewat tokoh-tokohnya beragam. Hampir semuanya kelam dan membuat perasaan kita menjadi terbebani. Di 200 halaman pertama ada topik gay, keluarga, pasangan tanpa anak, dan lain sebagainya, di 200 halaman berikutnya ada isu perisakan di sekolah dan di lingkungan sosial. Mereka yang berbadan besar, berbicara gagap, bertubuh kecil kerap kali ditindas. Tokoh antagonisnya diberi latar situasi pula, yang dalam hal ini berkaitan dengan pola pendidikan keluarga yang penuh kekerasan. Ada pula isu kekerasan pada anak dan rumah tangga. Tapi tak melulu hal-hal yang sensitif seperti penganiayaan, homoseks, dan perisakan, buku ini juga membawa pesan tentang persahabatan dan nilai-nilai pada karakter tokohnya. Dari sini sudah terbayang ya jika horor IT bukan seperti buku horor kebanyakan jika ditilik dari unsur-unsur ceritanya.

Macklin came out of the bedroom in his billowy boxer shorts, hair standing up in corckscrews, cheeks grizzled with two days of weekend beard, breath grizzled with two days of weekend beer. ‘There now, Eddie,’ he said. ‘I got to take you up for slammin that fuckin door.’ In Rich Macklin’s lexicon, ‘taking you up’ was a euphemism for ‘beating the shit out of you.’ Which was what he then did to Eddie. Eddie had lost consciousness when  the old man threw him into the front hall. His mother had mounted a pair of low coathooks out there, especially for him and Dorsey to hang their coats on. These hooks had rammed hard steel fingers into Eddie’s lower back, and that was when he passed out. When he came to ten minutes later he heard his mother yelling that she was going to take Eddie to hospital and he couldn't stop her.

‘After what happened to Dorsey?’ his stepdad had responded. ‘You want to go to jail, woman?’

That was the end of her talk about the hospital. She helped Eddie into his room, where he lay shivering on his bed, his forehead beaded with sweat. The only time he left the room during the next three days was when they were both gone. Then he would hobble slowly into the kitchen, groaning softly, and get his stepdad’s whiskey from under the sink. A few nips dulled the pain. The pain was mostly gone by the fifth day, but he had pissed blood for almost two weeks.

 Page 309

  

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