11/22/63 by Stephen King (2011, Hardcover)
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- SynopsisHC Keynote HC Catalog,King's heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high-school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. 864 pp. 2,000,000 print. (General Fiction),ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King-who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer-takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away-a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life-like Harry's, like America's in 1963-turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession-to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there's Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
- AuthorStephen King
- Number Of Pages864 pages
- Publication Date2011-11-08
- Copyright Date2011
- Weight43.6 Oz
- Height2.3 In.
- Width6.1 In.
- Length9.2 In.
- LC Classification NumberPS3561.I483A615 2011
- Dewey Decimal813/.54
- Dewey Edition23
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- jertheaApr 06, 2016by
Great writing by Stephen King ... excited to find out where his mind takes one... thanks for the offer of this great story
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- alicewndrlnd414Apr 05, 2014by
Awesome purchase at a really fantastic value
It's hard to write so many reviews, especially about the same author. This is a good sized book and I can't wait to read it. If I spent less time writing reviews, I would have read this book by now! Lol, I bought this Stephen King book because I am a Fan and have been for close to35 years. He just gets better and better. I am so glad I was able to find this gorgeous copy. Very nice Hardcover. Stephens larger books are worth paying extra as they need the good binding. I also reread many of his books. They are different stories in diferent times of your life. Same with great music and film. Looking forward to reading this.
- judymom405Nov 06, 2015by
Best book ever!
King's best and superior to his other novels. It may possibly appeal more to the older generation because of the many references to the 50's and 60's culture, food and customs. That's one of the reasons that I liked it so much.
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- floobs59Jun 11, 2013by
I Love Stephen King!
Stephen King is my favorite author, this book in particular is awesome and I have not read it yet! The reason is because of the story telling about how to look for people from the past, my husbands brother who was adopted at 2 years old along with his 4 year old sister decided to type in his DOB online and found a post I put out in cyber world 20 years ago looking for my husbands two siblings, this book was instrumental in us finding each other after 48 years! Thank You Stephen King for writing this book! And thank you to the seller for listing it at a great price!
- afd8dcb07f5f2e9...Mar 16, 2012by
Overrated and awful.
Like the Bridges of Madison County was to the 90s, this is one of the more overrated books of the decade.
It's not about the JFK assassination. That event is loosely used as a vehicle to tell a rather ho-hum story of a love affair. The main character travels back in time to 1958 to prevent the assassination with no real motivation to do so, and the plot is basically that he has five years to kill time in a small town until the event in question. The middle 500 or so pages of the book are devoted to small town social life, a dumb romance, and trying to singlehandedly save the world one individual at a time. All purposelessly written with tie-ins to the author's previous works, meeting characters from other earlier novels that do nothing to advance the sluggish plot in this one. Lots of nonsensical causal relationships where 'rips in the fabric of time' (or whatever) cause everything from traffic accidents to flat tires to earthquakes, all because the past apparently "doesn't want to be changed".
The ending is worse than the middle. Roll your eyes and groan with the absurdity of the scenario that the school book depository is a scary place because it 'looks evil', and the hero (literally) sneaks in the back door at the last minute to attempt to prevent the assassination. You may groan like I did when you read who gets killed instead. The 'what if JFK had lived' scenario is equally as unbelievable. Also awful and executed in a silly way: the newspaper headlines, and the phone calls from the president and first lady. If all that weren't bad enough, the very end is not much better than the 'it was all a dream' variety.
The time-travel parts at the very beginning are a great read, classic Stephen King, but before page 50 or so, the book goes down hill hard and fast and never recovers. Not only is the plot boring, implausible and way too long, it lacks the visual imagery present in his earlier works like Dead Zone, Christine, It and others. The "deep research" apparently refers to the parts about Oswald's movements in the months prior, the Bay of Pigs, etc, but these events (at least in my opinion) are not successfully woven in to what's here. Like reading two non-related books at the same time.
I sold my copy of this book on ebay within 6 days of receiving it and so was able to get almost all of my money back. I disliked it that much.Read full review