I mean I guess I just decided to reread The Dark Tower. I’ve read the whole thing once, but this is probably my 4th or 5th time through The Gunslinger and I’ve read The Drawing of the Three twice before.
So what’s interesting this time around is knowing where I’m headed, which is kind of ironic about rereading all things considered (sneaky spoiler joke). But what strikes me about this time through is how much richer this book is than how I remembered it, given when I do know we’re headed. By the end of this book, we know about the following later essentials: Suzannah and Eddie (kind of), Jake for certain, Cort, Cuthbert, and Susan Delgado. It really really makes me wonder how much of this book series was planned and how much of it was carefully built upon the hap architecture of this first book. It reminds me a lot of the ways in which so much of the Harry Potter universe is clearly built upon some seemingly arbitrary choices in the first book.
So much and so little happens in this book. Like Roland, we can be forgiven for thinking we’re almost there while reading this book. For reasons that make the most sense later, this book feels like the end of the story.
I had forgotten how much of this story takes place back in Gilead, that it was called Gilead, and how odd and wasteful, and even unnecessary the diversions in Tull seem to be. We’ll see I guess.