11/22/63

3.5
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in allas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King ’ s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a an who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a haracter who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning ’ s mothe came home and killed his sister, his mother, and his siblings with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Sam ’ s friend Al, who runs the local bartende, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake ’ s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the ove of Charlie ’ s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.
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Published November 8th 2011 by Scribner
Original Title of the Book
Eleven twenty-two sixty-three
Number of Pages
866
Asin
B005K0HDGE

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A couple of times it felt like the tory was starting over and I was a few hundred pages in!

Well, the character development, interaction, and dialogue definitely felt like King.

But, in the beginnin, I feel like the ook is in a class all by itself that is not really like any other King book I have read before.It is not orror.

Either way I hope you enjoy – just know you can not go back and change the fact that you took the time to read it.

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When I got to the secon couple of pages, I was crying so hard I could n't read.11/22/63 is a supernatural, quasi-historical, philosophical, science-fiction love story.

If you 're avoiding it because you think Stephen King only writes horror, please reconsider.

*There is a special treat for fans of It, King 's novel about Pennywise the Clown. *There is a harming ( yet brutally honest) portrayal of American life in the late 60s and early 0s. *There is DANCING! *There is pie-throwing! *There is sweet romance without sappiness. *There is poundcake! *There is derring-do!

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However, I loved how this nove was many things.

What is the cost of doing so?); it 's a small town thriller; and it 's a love story.King has this fantasti way of turning the most fantastical plots into stories about people who feel very real.

If you do n't already know, this ook is about a an called Jake Epping who- through his fathe, Al- discovers a portal that takes him to 1958, where he takes over Al 's obsessive mission to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

Unlike some of King 's other works, the 800 pages did n't feel like too much to me and they just seemed to fly by.

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And so Jake Epping, an English teacher, sets out to spend half a decade in the past to prevent the assassination of JFK ( and to figure out whether Lee Harvey Oswald was indeed the lone gunman that day, despite all the conspiracy theories).

Oswald had proved it time and again, and such a an had no business changing history. "

“ Even people capable of living in the past do n't really know what the future holds. ”

But what if the past resists the change?

This book again dispels the long-believed but mistaken axiom that Stephen King is a " horror writer "- of a spook and startle variety.

He knows that the true monsters are those that live inside every one of us ( and, ahem, occasionally in Derry, Maine).

(*) And we get plenty of these in this autobiography, as Jim 's quest to prevent that fateful shot in November in Dallas takes him along the ay to the small tow of Derry, Maine and Jodie, Texas.

* I have an irrational fear of living in a smaller villag, thanks to Stephen King.

( By the way, this trip to the past gives plenty of deeeeee-licious 'Easter Eggs' to King 's Constant Readers.

And the reverse applies to the dyllic villag of Jodie in which ake is finally unable to feel that he actually LIVES in the past.

King never hesitates to bluntly remind the reader that the past has teeth and it 's not afraid to bite.

I loved how Oswald was described as not a superher or a nutcase but a flawed broken little man who stumbled into the middle of events that changed history.

(*) and jimla and the 'harmonizing past'- was just enough to keep me on the dge of my seat throughout the book. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pardon me for using this moth-eaten cliche, but Stephen King is like good wine- his writing gets better and better as he ages.

Sai King, I will continue to be your Constant Reader for hopefully many more years to come, Capital-L Literature or not.

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In the meanwhil, let me try to put into words what most of you have already said, since I 'm the firs person on planet earth to read 11/22/63.If I 'm wrong about the above statement and you have n't read this yet, all you really need to know going in is that an ordinary teacher from " present day " time travels back to the late 50 's in preparation to attempt to prevent JFK 's assassination.

I would love to see King write something similar to this in the coming ears, but even if he chooses not to, I 'll cherish this experience, and every reread after, as one of the most entertainin stories ever written in our contemporary age.

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So that ’ s no problem, either.Anyway, once I ( view spoiler) [ save JFK and am thanked with a lifetime supply of beer, I will finally return to the present.

And yet even though there is no plausible reason whatsoever for this to be the case ( hide spoiler) ], I will nonetheless accept it as true and simply go back a-fucking-GAIN just to undo what I spent 800 pages doing.And that is my story.Except actually it isn ’ t.

Now that I ’ ve returned more or less permanently to the back-to-normal present, I have decided to hunt down my former lover like the psychopath that I am and dance with her one last time.

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