Friday, February 10, 2012

11.22.63 by Stephen King


About the Book

WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history?


WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination?
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN a young teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, gets the chance to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from shooting JFK in November 1963 is the premise of the brilliant new novel by STEPHEN KING: 11/22/63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless . . . 

King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher, on a fascinating journey back to the world of 1958 - from a world in 2011 of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

The novel is big, ambitious and haunting. King has probably absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation as thoroughly and imaginatively as any other writer.


Published by Hodder & Stoughton UK

Review

Excuse the rather overused description of Stephen King – but he truly is the King of fiction.

I have always been too scared to pick up a Stephen King novel, thinking that he would turn me into a duvet-clutching, bump-in-the-night-hearing wimp. It's a feat on its own picking up this novel, which is why I opted for the Kindle version; however I doubt you’ll want to put this read down (even under buckling arms).


22.11.63, the title, refers to the day JFK was assassinated. A rather out played topic don’t you think?  


No, not if you have someone of King's calibre tackling the topic. Stephen King completely reforms the day that left most American’s believing the world had gone crazy, and one man (Lee Harvey Oswald) thinking he had done the one thing that would make him famous.  

It seems incredibly simple, but it’s not.


Jake Epping, the hero of this gigantic fiction story, is lead to a rabbit hole in a diner by his friend Al – who has miraculously managed to contract terminal lung cancer in less than a day.  The rabbit hole in question is a time portal that takes Jake down into 1958. 


A tricky concept, so bear with me.

The rabbit hole leads to the same day in 1958 every single time; no matter how long you stay in the past when you walk back up only 2 minutes have passed and (here is the kicker) the next trip will always erase the previous past changing’s.


With the help of the rabbit hole Jake Epping goes on a journey to try and save JFK.
  
Please don’t discount this for its far-fetched time travel idea, because you will be missing out on some astounding storytelling.  Time travel is always left for the Young Adults, but King manages to convince you (with well-researched historical events and the incredibly possible outcomes of saving JFK) that there is a rabbit hole of your own downstairs.

Pick it up, and get lost with a mug of tea in your hands – this one will dispel all you thought happened on 22.11.63


About the Author



Stephen King has written some forty books and novellas, including CARRIE, THE STAND and RITA HAYWORTH and SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (from the collection DIFFERENT SEASONS), BAG OF BONES, ON WRITING and most recently CELL, LISEY'S STORY and DUMA KEY. He wrote several novels under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, including BLAZE (June 2007). He won America's prestigious National Book Award and was voted Grand Master in the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe awards. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.


3 comments:

MissKimberlyStardust said...

Thanks for reviwing this one :) I generally stay away from Stephen King but I've been flirting with the idea of reading this one. :) +New Follower! I love your blog template, cute and simple :) I'll be sure to pop by again soon!

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Shelagh said...

Hmmm - I enjoy King's writing, but I thought that this one would be too "American-scentric" for me to bother with. Again, you have managed to make me rethink my assumptions. Thanks Kelly.

You should read Misery, Firestarter and On Writing - the first two are more psychologically creepy and the last is his memoir/autobiography where he discusses his thoughts on writing and his experiences (very cool!).

Anonymous said...

nice opinion.. thanks for sharing....

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