I consider this to be King's best literary work. I also consider it to be one of the best pieces of literature in the 20th C. It has nearly all literary motifs, and heavy in symbolism. A good read, and a good study in lit!
I almost didn't finish reading this one. It sounded so childish to me. Once ya get past this one the rest in the series seems pretty good. It seems to be a lot like Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time series.