11.22.63 (Enhanced Edition)
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This enhanced edition includes the trailer and a short film written and narrated by Stephen King, which gives a unique insight into 11.22.63.
WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless . . .
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.
With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.
Intelligent and thought provoking.
Good but too long
Stephen King did a lot of research for this book and he isn't scared to share every bit of it with his audience. There are so many dull facts interwoven into this novel it was almost like reading a history text book. Maybe if you had a big interest in JFK, these facts would be fascinating but as I think most people including myself, weren't born when he died, they simply feel as if the author got carried away with his research.
However, the actual story telling, when not going on and on about JFK was fabulous. A lot of the American cultural references were completely lost on me. I did find that a little frustrating as growing up in the UK and Australia I was bombarded with a lot of US culture but I still didn't know who and what he was referring to a large number of times in this book.
I wish King would have explored the time travel and 'yellow card man' elements of his novel a little more as these were really exciting, and interesting to read.
On the whole I feel this book could have been half the size and still packed a great sci fi punch, as it is the JFK stuff really waters it down.