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11.22.63: Stephen King

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Know that you might devour it, or might need to set it down and take a break from it from time to time. Never mind that JFK was the guy who kicked off the really serious troop escalations into Vietnam and gave a wink and a nod to their army for the coup and assassination of the Diem brothers. If you're an audiobook lover, I highly suggest listening to this book, or at least supplementing your hardcopy with it. Though the FBI does not suspect him of being involved in the attempted assassination, one agent deduces that he was sent by someone to Texas, and tells him to leave before they can find out where he came from. Following Oswald and other bad guys around was not very glamorous and I believe some pages could have been cut.

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. The margins are wide and the print large, so don't let the size of the book keep you from reading this charming book. 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 becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.One of them is Jack Ruby, a real person who apparently owned a strip club (King makes sure to point out) and who was the guy who shot Oswald in the real timeline after he was in custody. Instead, I'll end by saying that there are books out there that accomplish what King is trying to do, using well-chosen words (and fewer of them), thoughtful plots, and skilled character development.

King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 – from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.If you also had a chance to time travel, would you try to save JFK from the patsy or the real killer’s bullets ( in this book: patsy is the killer) in expanse the change of the entire time line like Jake Epping did in this story ?

So he goes back in time to 1958 and he's living through these years waiting to get to the assassination bit and that's where the story becomes this I-Love-The-Late-50s-Stroke-Early-Sixties loveletter from Stephen King to his own childhood. I’ll admit that it sounds like you have good intentions, but you know what the road to hell is paved with.

I hear it's so much different than his other work, but I also haven't met a single person that didn't love it. Edwin Walker (a target of an assassination attempt by Oswald), and had a private tour of the Sixth Floor Museum in the Texas School Book Depository. King placed a Japanese proverb at the front of the book and also used it so wonderfully in the plot. Clearly he is immensely talented, and a good number of his other works are amongst my favorite novels of all time, but there is something unique to this historical time-traveling fiction that keeps blinking in my peripheral, almost like a jealous lover, keeping me from fully enjoying any book that I have picked up since finishing this one. Because you’re back in time screwing around doing stuff like betting football games when you have no idea what the hell you’re even really betting on.

I 've read both of them and have been meaning to ask him if he would consider putting the first version on the site so people could compare. The number on the back page does say 849 pages, but King's writing style makes reading this book effortless. In Jake's second time thread, most of his family members are saved, but Harry serves in the Vietnam War and is killed in the Tet Offensive.In this book, the immutability of the past, its obduracy to cling to what has already been, is the thing with teeth. The thing I still don't get is, in the real timeline, Oswald died as a direct result of having been arrested for Kennedy's murder. The past is obdurate for the same reason a turtle’s shell is obdurate: because the living flesh inside is tender and defenseless. After remembering Al's notebook, he retrieves it and forms a plan to kill Oswald in the Texas School Book Depository on the day of the assassination. You were wrong all those years ago when you said you weren't very good at writing about love and intimacy.

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