11/22/63

11/22/63

Book - 2011 | 1st Scribner hardcover ed
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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author's new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. In this novel that is a tribute to a simpler era, he 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 character 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 fifty years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk. Not much later, Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451627282
1451627289
9781451627305
1451627300
9781451627299
1451627297
9781442344297
1442344296
9781451663853
1451663854
9781442344280
1442344288
9781451651645
1451651643
Branch Call Number: F KING-S
F KING-S
Characteristics: ix, 849 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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bbock291
Dec 29, 2020

Was a good idea about time travel, but thought the story about saving JFK got hijacked by the subplot. (Life in small town 'Jodie Texas' and Jack falling in love with the school librarian, Sadie.)

I thought Jack wanting to stay in 1963 and never return to his own time of 2011 was kind of troubling too. It made him seem selfish and escapist. Jack is willing to ignore racism, sexism, and unchecked pollution because he has Sadie and people are more "neighborly." Really? Nobel prize winner Sinclair Lewis might have had something to say about being "neighborly" in his novel "Main Street."

On the plus side, "11/22/63" seemed really well researched and I had fun looking up movies, music, and other things mentioned about everyday life back then. The story flows along if readers can put up with the long digressions into Jack's 'other' life in the small town.

Others might really like the novel. The long subplot, and Jack kind of being an escapist unwilling to live in the present just wasn't for me.

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rally_is_rising
Dec 01, 2020

An absolute page turner. Readers can tell King really researched the hell out of the era and left no detail out. Even though I spent the entire time trying to guess or figure out what would happen next, King continued to surprise throughout the story. I was absolutely engrossed.

jrbubbles1 Oct 16, 2020

This is another time travel book where the person traveling has to decide whether it is right to change history or not. Jake goes back in time with the intention of stopping Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating Kennedy. When the time comes he has to decide what is the moral thing to do. I found the story interesting.

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L_Sanga
Oct 12, 2020

Wow, what a stonker. Over 1,000 pages in the larger print version. King's concept here is so expansive. It contains the King-isms and humor that you'd expect. But you actually feel his enjoyment while writing this, that makes it my favorite SK work. 4.5/5

JCLCharlesH Sep 16, 2020

In this time travel thriller novel, English teacher Jake Epping is given the chance to go back in time and stop the 1963 assassination of JFK. Violent and creepy as you would expect for a Stephen King story, the time travel rules are clearly explained, and the story is methodically paced. References to other stories by King took me out of the tale, but if you love time travel "What if" questions, this book is for you.

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shmoreno
Sep 03, 2020

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Arnavb1
Jun 22, 2020

The novel 11/22/63 by Stephen King is an excellent book that combines real-life history, with a few supernatural elements, while still creating a believable and vibrant world. The novel follows a high school teacher named Jake Epping who goes back in time in order to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The book follows Jake’s journey as he ends up learning from the past. The book is very engaging and keeps the reader guessing what happens next. The one minor inconvenience about this book was that it is quite lengthy so it might take some time to complete. I would rate the book for ages 12+

ArapahoeAlice Aug 27, 2019

It's a great suspense time-travel story with a wonderful romance. I learned things about the Kennedy assassination that I've never heard before. Beyond the finely-tuned descriptions, the characters are completely engaging. Definitely one of my all-time favorites of Stephen King's books.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 20, 2019

I've read very few of King's novels - just this, Dolores Claiborne, The Stand, and Different Seasons - but I consider myself a fan because I love his non-fiction On Writing and his magazine work. While there were things I liked about this book (after all, I did read all 850 pages), in the long run, I was disappointed.

This was about Jake, who gets the privilege?/duty? to travel back in time to alter history by preventing the assassination of JFK. I liked the early part of the time travel when Jake is in Maine and the history-altering he does there, and then the relationship between Jake/George and Sadie. Could you read this book and not love Sadie? (The answer is no.) Other than that, I didn't like too much. I found everything about Oswald pretty non-engaging and it seemed I read an awful lot about apartment complexes in 1960's Texas. (Now Oswald lived here, now Jake/George moved there, and on and on and on...) The inherent complexities in time travel weren't handled either particularly well or innovatively. And there were three ends: the end of the "mission" (so to speak), the end of the after-mission, and the very end (sorry to be so cryptic; I don't want to be a spoiler). The after-mission piece - where the results of everything that's come before were revealed - was utterly and laughably ridiculous. Why would any of those things have happened? However, I did like the very end/coda.

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candlesticktroughs
Jun 28, 2019

How would Steven King's character have ever been able to have prevented the multiple assassins who actually killed President Kennedy? Well, I guess in fiction, anything is possible, even with a Praetorian Guard involved.

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