What if you could go back in time to one of the most horrific events in the last century and have an opportunity to stop it? Would you do it? 11/22/63 is the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and in 11/22/63 Stephen King tells the story of Jake Epping, an English teacher from 2011, who suddenly found himself in an era before smart phones, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War. With all the conspiracy theories around the assassination of Kennedy, how will Epping know what to do?
Remember, Stephen King wrote this novel! The Past is obdurate. It doesn’t want to change and actively tries to thwart anyone attempting to change it. The more epic the change, the more the Past tries to stop the change. JFK’s assassination was about as big of a change as you can imagine. Jake Epping experiences the wrath of the Past.
In addition to being a great story, the book was a highly enjoyable trip down memory lane to a time before the turmoil of the 60’s in the USA. King reminds us of the fashions, products, language, and even culture of the early 1960’s. It may have been a simpler time, but with a 2012 perspective, some elements of the time may not be as attractive as we think.
I recommend that you read 11/22/63. Even with its 849 pages, it is enjoyable throughout, and when you get to the end, you will be more likely disappointed that is over than glad you’ve finally finished it.