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11.22.63: Stephen King

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Instead of people who read horror stories, people who read The Help or People of the Book might like this book". When Jake finishes his work in Derry, he moves ultimately to the small town of Jodie, Texas where he becomes a part of the community and falls in love with one of his colleagues, the new school librarian, Sadie Dunhill. As unbelievable as it sounds, King has written one of the most tender, intimate, and swoon-worthy romances of all time between these pages. She is killed in the confrontation at the Texas Book Depository, but comes back to life once Jake "resets" the timeline by going through the portal. I was quoting old Talking Heads song titles, but this was a once in a lifetime thing that was happening.

King has stated the book's idea came to him in 1971, yet at the time didn't have enough confidence in his skill or ability to properly pull something like this off. Sadie nevertheless finds him in Fort Worth and the two of them attempt to make it to Dallas in time. So, if you have not read King before but want to get started with classic King you have heard rumors about, don’t start here! He was jealous of his success and he played the Hemingway to King’s Mickey Spillane and played the only card he had, losing (again) to King’s Ace high royal flush.Because the portal gives one the ability to alter the present by changing an event in the past, Al reveals that he had concocted a plan to prevent John F. I found it unreasonable that after a lifetime spent having at least some African-American friends/classmates/teachers/co-workers (yes, even in Maine), a lifetime that almost definitely included watching The Cosby Show and Men in Black and very definitely included years of having an African-American president in the White House, our hero would be able to ignore the treatment of others around him almost every moment of every day. It's like this with so many things: either our hero doesn't seem to notice all the little differences in daily life, or he treats these with a nostalgia borrowed from the author. And right then, our hero said exactly the same thing in the narrative: "in case this seems like an overly happy picture, let me tell you about this 'colored' restroom I saw outdoors in North Carolina.

The past is obdurate for the same reason a turtle’s shell is obdurate: because the living flesh inside is tender and defenseless.

But I find myself once again in that situation where I read a book I always meant to read and mentally kick myself for not giving in sooner. I'm not a horror fan, but I love a good alternate history, and I figured that a story of a man who goes back in time to stop Kennedy's assassination could be one of those. So many possibilities to ruin the spacetime continuum by saving and killing people, preventing catastrophes and wars, and playing god with the option of destroying reality or alerting almighty watchdog aliens getting angry when their universe could implode because of apes tinkering with relativity, quantum, gravity, and stuff.

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. But after the realization that he didn´t just change his writing style and its focus, but also the way he deals with topics, digging deeper was necessary. Or, more positively, at not assassinated presidents that could have prevented wars, neoliberal rise, and general neoconservative backlash mentality, and thereby fundamentally changed and improved the world we live in today.

And that's it: he does nothing else to show how the experience of drinking at a 1958 soda fountain would be different from the experience that someone born in the late 1970s would be used to at a diner in the 21st century. So you spend 800 pages wondering what King thinks this history would have looked like with more Kennedy in it, and. It took me a while to realise – even the tell-tale “There was something wrong with that town, and I think I knew it from the first” bypassed me initially – what King was up to here, and why Al’s “rabbit-hole” came out in September 1958, rather than sometime closer to the date of Kennedy’s assassination. Wine and roses are fine, but I’m a beer and pizza guy (yes, a working-class reader you smug prick) and I gotta say that King’s 2011 time travel novel is the cat’s meow and he earned every coin. Know that you might devour it, or might need to set it down and take a break from it from time to time.

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