11/22/63

Hardcover, 849 pages

English language

Published Nov. 6, 2011 by Scribner.

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4 stars (110 reviews)

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 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: 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 …

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Review of '11.22.63' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

My WORD, but this book is long! It's good, don't get me wrong, but it's long. It took me exactly a month to read it, and I'm not exactly a slow reader.

I watched the TV series a few years ago when it came out, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. But then, I remember thinking that THAT was a bit long too--only six episodes, sure, but each one was about 58 minutes. That's long for an episode of a TV series.

The book is way longer. There's so much more depth than on TV (which is no surprise), and I particularly enjoyed the references to [b:It|830502|It|Stephen King|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1334416842s/830502.jpg|150259] in 1958 Derry. All that extra depth, though, while enjoyable and flavourful, weren't really necessary to tell the story, in my opinion.

Yoh, this book is long. I guess it wouldn't have bothered me so much if there were more (but shorter) chapters. …

Review of '11/22/63' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Wow, wow, wow. Hop on those butterfly wings, because we are going on a crazy ride through time.

What if you could go back in time? Would you do it? I don't think I would, especially to change a major event in history. It's just too risky. King spends 800+ pages exploring how unraveling one thread of time could have impact, both large and small. The butterfly effect says changing one thing changes countless others, as Jake quickly discovers. But the past doesn't want to be changed, and Jake has to make a lot of hard choices to complete his mission.

An interesting look at alternative history, journey with Jake back to the 50s and 60s to stop the Kennedy assassination. Its worth the read.


Review of '11/22/63' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I don't remember whose recommendation convinced me to pick up this book; just that it was along the lines of “this isn’t the Stephen King you read in your teens”. And it sure isn't. 11/22/63 was unexpectedly good: powerful, moving, with deeply human characters facing extraordinary challenges.

Tome-length jokes aside, King’s writing is crisp and riveting. It was hard to put this book down. The story is a good one and the protagonist/narrator exquisitely self-aware; we feel his conflicts. King has matured tremendously. (Or is it me? If I reread his 1980’s work will I find this level of compassion and intelligence?)

Unfortunately for me he still feels the need to infuse some mumbo-jumbo: the past “harmonizing” with itself, two aura-of-evil presences, and a sort of sense of a Grand Scheme Of Things. Not much, just very light occasional sprinklings, but enough to drop to four stars. I guess I'm …

Review of '11/22/63' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

L’inévitable Stephen King revient avec un pavé de 1 kilo d’arbre mort de papier, mais si vous êtes adepte du confort en toute circonstance vous aurez sans doute profité de sa version numérique qui ne pèse rien. King nous revient donc avec un superbe roman mêlant histoire américaine et voyage dans le temps. Il prend le temps nécessaire pour présenter les personnages, Jake Epping, prof d’anglais tout ce qu’il y a de plus commun, et Al, vieux cuistot mourant qui lui lègue un bien curieux héritage. Nous sommes immédiatement immergé dans le monde de Jake, l’actuel, qu’il quitte assez vite, et le passé qu’il découvre en même temps que nous, devant faire face un certain décalage linguistique, culturel, social et moral. Jake devient alors George, et va devoir passer quatre ans dans le passé avant d’arriver au moment de l’Histoire où Lee Harvey Oswald assassine Kennedy. Ce laps de temps …

reviewed 11/22/63 by Stephen King (Thorndike Press large print core)

Review of '11/22/63' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Jake is a recently divorced high school teacher who finds himself time traveling to 1958. Fascinated by the chance to live his life in what feels like a much simpler time without mobile phones and the internet, Jake decides to live a life that transgresses all the normal rules. He makes his home in 1958, gets a job he enjoys, falls in love with the beautiful librarian and tries to live the ultimate American dream. But he is also obsessed with making the world right, most importantly trying to stop a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. But does Jake know just how much the world would change if he stops the Kennedy assassination?

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve not read much by Stephen King before, two books in fact (one of those was On Writing). I went into this book expecting a novel about time travel and the …

Review of '11/22/63' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Stephen King. You know, the character isn't evil it's the town itself and if someone coughs you have to read a thorough description of his phlegm. A time travel story. It's a long read to find out that changing the past might affect the future in unforeseen ways. Was chosen by the NY Times as a book of the year.

reviewed 11/22/63 by Stephen King (Thorndike Press large print core)

Review of '11/22/63' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This book certainly had flaws, but they were forgivable, as it was such an engaging read. It was a book I thought about when I wasn't reading it, and brought me fully into the protagonist's world.

I came to this book as a person who's read 9 or 10 of Stephen King's novels, but none written since the late 80s. So I'm not a die-hard fan, but I have enjoyed his work in the past.

I paid the extra 2 bucks for the "enhanced" e-book edition, which includes a 13 minute video about America in this era. It wasn't worth it. The video didn't add anything. But I was glad to be reading a digital version of the book, because I frequently consulted Wikipedia for information about some of the historic figures and incidents in the novel.

Review of '11.22.63' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Given a chance to go back in time to before president Kennedy was shot, would you go back and try and save him?

That’s the predicament faced by mild mannered school teacher Jake Epping in 11.22.63 , who discovers that the local diner contains a portal back into 1958 America.

Nostalgia

King has done a wonderful job here in invoking a sense of nostalgia in me for a simpler time. Which is quite a feat given that he has me pining for a time before I was born. Perhaps he is aided by the cultural baggage associated with the Kennedy era that Hollywood is fond of exploiting and exporting.

A consummate weaver

The strength of this book lies in King’s complex layering of character and plot. On reflection, the consequences of meddling with time should be blatantly obvious to both the reader and the character but it’s King’s skill and …

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