11.22.63

11.22.63

by Stephen King

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ISBN-13: 9781444727296
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/28/2011

About the Author

Few authors have tapped into our secret fears as adeptly as Stephen King, Master of the Macabre and one of the most widely read novelists writing today. With his trademark blend of fantasy, horror, and psychological suspense, this prolific and immensely popular contemporary writer continues to remind us that evil is still a potent force in the world.

Hometown:

Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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11. 22. 63 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
PennyAnne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
English teacher Jake Epping is shown a way to go back to the year 1958 where he takes on the mission to stop the assassination of JFK in 1963. This book, while a little too long at over 700 pages, is engaging and believable and one of King's best stories for years. I found the endless repeating of "the past is obdurate", "the butterfly effect" and " the past pushes back" to be overdone but that is really my only gripe about this book. In one interview King said that the idea had been floating around in his mind for a long time and he first thought to write the book in the 70's - I am glad he didn't do it then as it would have seemed a bit like 'cashing in' on tragedy - as so many authors seemed to do immediately following 9/11 - something which I personally have found very distasteful.
miss_read on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To me this was, despite some of the other negative reviews here, a page-turner. I read it quickly, all 700+ pages of it. The storytelling aspect of the book is not the reason I rate it so poorly. It's just that King is not and has never been a skilled writer. His use of words is awkward and he fills his pages with cringe-inducing slang. I don't want to know that someone "poops", thank you very much. Also, there were a few blatant mistakes that any good editor should have picked up on - a football player in 1960 shouting, "You rock"? I don't think so. Jake/George saying he never had to use the key to the Oswalds' apartment, and then 50 pages later we see him using it. Jake/George picking up the phone to call Sadie when we've just heard that he didn't have her telephone number. The list goes on. As for the time traveling, I suppose I can wrap my mind around what King was trying to accomplish - though I would have probably have preferred it a bit more if the characters hadn't constantly been throwing up their hands and saying, "Well, gee, I don't understand that." It seemed a cowardly way for an author to evade trying to get his readers to understand. However, ultimately, it's King's flawed and almost adolescent writing style that doomed this one to a two-star rating from me.
davidroche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cross between 'The Terminator', 'Groundhog Day' and 'Day of the Jackal', with a smidgen of Glee thrown in for good measure. But it works - pounded through the 752 pages in 2 days so must have done something pretty well.
m_k_m on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"11.22.63" has all the usual strengths and weaknesses you've come to expect from Stephen King. His slow, mannered writing is engaging and sympathetic, but across a hefty 30+ hours (I listened to the audiobook) it can begin to wear. By the time Jake makes his third house move, part of you will be crying for him to hurry up and shoot the President himself. Having said that, King's writing IS engaging. The level of research that has gone into capturing a particular era is also evident, although, for all the darker moments, its a portrait that tends towards the idyllic. For all the overtures made towards civil rights and the role of women, King seems too willing to forgive and too in love with some utopian vision of a world that never was; where kids were good, everything tasted better and communities put on tiresome gang shows. As a deconstruction of that image, it lacks the clarity or conviction of, say, "Pleasantville".The success, as one might expect from King, is in the time travel story that provides the back bone of the book. Jake Epping, a high school teacher from 2011, travels back in time to save the life of JFK. The twist is that his method of time travel - a "rabbit hole" in the back of a small town diner - opens in 1958 and he has to live through the next 5 years of history before he can complete his goal. It's a neat hook on which to hang a story. Time travel is often depicted as problematic, but those problems tend towards the apocalyptic. Whilst the Butterfly Effect and it's potential impact on history are much discussed in "11.22.63", it's the simple impracticalities which trying to change the past through up which are memorable.Far from a major Stephen King work and definitely over long, "11.22.63" still has enough invention and wit to hold the attention, and I'm sure those with a more profound love for the great man than me will get even more out of it.
Beakif on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know that writing a review of a Stephen King book is a potentially dangerous thing, so I'll keep it short, unlike the book itself.I've always enjoyed King's books, but I feel that as a writer he has some drawbacks. I find his characters quite staid, and sadly this didn't alter with this tome. I really enjoyed the plot. As an English girl in her twenties, it had a certain element of discovery for me that many older readers won't benefit from. However, I didn't feel that the cliffhangers relating to the difficult decisions King forced his characters into making really worked. None of the choices were particularly surprising, and I don't feel that they revealed a great deal about the depths, wants and needs of the characters.However, what I loved about the book was what I love about every Stephen King book, even those with far more disturbing content than this one; King has a remarkable ability to make the mundane aspects of everyday life exciting and insightful. He clearly has fond memories of the period he was writing about, and he makes a good point about the effects of even our slightest actions on those around us, consciously or not. Sadly, the drawbacks of the cardboard characters have sadly forced me to rate this book lower than I would have liked. I can't really see myself revisiting it, although it does disappoint me.
eleanor_eader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not being an American or good at number recall, my biggest problem with this book was having to recite the title a dozen or more times in order to remember it: and I¿ll probably still manage to forget. It¿ll be `the one that¿s just numbers¿ every time I try to recommend it. And recommend it I shall, because I found it ¿ despite my not being American (or perhaps because of it) ¿ absolutely fascinating. Not just the fictional element, which was cleverly imagined and executed in King¿s perfect, conversational, unsettling tones, but the actual history, about which I knew very little¿ I knew that JFK was assassinated, of course, and that conspiracy theories abound, but little to nothing about the political background, or what the more persuasive theories are. It was also wonderful to be so convincingly immersed in the America of the sixties.Beyond the basic interest in both the real world events and the fictional conundrum ¿ would you change time to save someone¿s life? ¿ the book was very good. Not his best (I hold that to be either The Shining or Duma Key two well-spaced books, career wise, one a gem of true horror, the other a powerful combination of beautiful writing and beautiful surreality) ¿ but his two chief characters and the peripheral cast were strongly written, the obstacles that were thrown up around Jake Epping (or George Amberson, as we got used to knowing him) created an absolute nightmare of tension, and Lee Harvey Oswald could have been beating his wife and handing out his pamphlets across the street from me, he was that fully realised.[SPOILER WARNING] I was thrilled that Jake lived in Derry for a time; I thought that was a great touch. I liked that he met Richie and Bev, although the pair were not my favourite¿s of IT¿s crew. More than Derry, I loved his depiction of a hate-filled Dallas, and the brooding Book Depository building. And I sincerely loved the scene where he drops the ball with Sadie, bellowing a bawdy, not-yet-written Rolling Stones song in the car, prompting her to demand, finally, where he gets all his previously unheard sayings - such a likely misstep.[ SPOILER WARNING for the ENDING]I couldn¿t help feeling that there was a large flaw in the premise of the `rabbit hole¿s¿ existence vs. the danger involved in repeatedly changing the past ¿ if moving Al¿s trailer was all it was going to take to ultimately `pop¿ the bubble, why had the cohorts of the Green Card Man not simply done so the moment the cook died (if not before), removing Jake¿s way through the second time? As a plot device of convenience I might have liked it better if attached to story with less heft. It felt oddly lightweight compared to the themes within the novel, though of course, King carries it off, because he rarely if ever fails to convince me of anything.I also closed the book and realised that any prolonged thought on the matter would be profoundly depressing. Jake Epping had expended years of his life, met and lost the woman he loved, just to learn the lesson that nothing can be changed without dire cost. He could be marginally relieved that he hadn¿t basically uncoiled reality after all, but I can¿t see that being much comfort to anyone who almost got to save JFK, a paralysed girl, an entire family and marry his girl. I had to stop at the point of `hey, interesting take on the time-travel theme¿ and deliberately keep myself from dwelling on the utter pointlessness of everything that Jake had been through, because I liked him dammit, and I thought he deserved at least one save. The ending was sweet, but heightened the sadness.None of which detracts from the readability of the book, which is a strong as ever. King has rarely given us a monster as real as Oswald, for obvious reasons. And if the writer/English teacher persona is getting to be a familiar narrator, at least as Jake Epping evolves into, and juggles, the George Amberson persona, his characte
GinaJM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down - every night, I read into the early hours to find out what happened next. Now it's finished I am sad it's all over. Nuff said?
ASmallHolding on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
King has taken the 'butterfly effect', given it a damn good shake and delivered an intriguing story.I particularly loved his descriptions of the era this is set in; he made me fully understand why someone might want to stay rather than return to our troubled times.There are many reviews of this novel. For me? It's a great book.
Canadian_Down_Under on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First let me start by admitting I did not finish this book. I couldn't. I have not read much popular fiction in the last few years and this book is a very good example why. The writing is just too ordinary. Too often I cringed as I read a piece of dialogue that rang false or a characteristic that was applied to a character which was cliché or writing that seemed too forced. For me, part of the enjoyment of reading is falling in love with the words that are painted on the page by the artist, a writer. With this book I felt that the words were just a means to an end - tell the story. That would have been sufficient for me years ago, in my youth. Not anymore. Life is too short and there are too many wonderful books to be read. This isn't one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of a long book, but Interesting read.