As a newspaper publisher, many may think that I am an avid reader. Sadly, I wish I had more time to read than I do. This last Christmas I received the Kindle as a gift, it wasn’t the ‘fire’ or ‘touch’; however I fancy it all the same. I have rediscovered my love for reading and one book in particular I have to share. “11/23/63/” is novel written by the New York Times Bestseller, Stephen King; famous for his writings of “Misery”, “Cujo”, and “The Shining”. He is known as the “Master of Terror” and for his wild imagination; yet this book redefines and displays his true writing talent.
The title of the book “11/22/63” is a recognizable date by all Americans, the day when our 35th President, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. King finds a way to revisit and reverse the events surrounding the assassination, keeping the reader in a constant notion of suspense. I myself read 15% of the book in one night.
King bases this book on the idea of time travel, and leads the stories lead character a 35 year old, Maine schoolteacher Jake Epping whom lived in 2011. The operative word lived. King concocts a reason why Epping would want to live through the events that occurred long before he was born.
After Epping was lead to the discovery of the mysterious portal of time travel, he arrives in the year 1958 and each time he exits and re-enters the time portal history resets itself. Thus Epping’s mentor pushes him to complete the task that he had embarked for many years – to save John F. Kennedy from Lee Harvey Oswald.
Unconvincingly Epping believed he couldn’t do such a large task let alone that it would work – he stepped down the stairs and begin his new life. King makes developments gradual, plausible and even sequential in a tale that leapfrogs back and forth across several decades. For what could be a disaster, King keeps the reader in constant state of suspense – a definite page-turner.
Dabbing in real-world components and basis in the roots of science fiction he leaves behind the phantasmagorical grisliness. King does not expand on terror tricks, even during his travels through the Cuban missile crisis and terror tricks.
Epping who uses the alias George Amberson for his time travel, he finds himself deeply drawn to this lost world. Discovering that food tastes better, the music is more fun and there is. I myself find this world amazing wishing I could live it myself. Living the mysteriousness of this lost time – or as what we call “the simpler times” and find the amazement on how society survived without the luxuries that we have today. This Epping found out quickly after mistakenly taking his cell phone with him, this to a time where cell phones didn’t even exist.
As the pages fly by, I am amazed at the level of intimacy King maintains while approaching this topic. Expressing his views and theory’s on this somewhat delicate topic.
Although I am currently at 45%, I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to read all 849 pages – and this shouldn’t be the holdback. I hope to update you all once I have finished this book and give my final opinion.
Till next time – Happy Reading!
Lloyd Green Jr. is the editor, and owner of the Williams Pioneer Reivew and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org