Written byZLIBS Editors On November 22, 1963, three shots changed the world in Dallas. President Kennedy died and the world changed, but what if you could change it back?
Stephen King tells a brilliantly enthralling story that will absorb you with its social, political, and pop cultural journey back to the 1960s.
It all begins with Jake Epping, an English teacher in his mid 30s in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. For an assignment, he asks his students to write about a life-changing event they experienced, and when Harry Dunning (the school's janitor) turns in his essay, it blows Jake away. Harry was just a child in 1963 when his father came home, raging drunk, and beat Jake's mother, sister, and brother to death with a sledgehammer. Jake was completely caught off guard by this essay, and still mentally processing it when he goes to his favorite diner to see his friend Al. But Al isn't looking too hot, and when he collapses, he tells his secret to Jake: a secret door back to 1958 exists in the back of the diner, and Jake can use it to travel back in time and stop the Kennedy assassination, or perhaps even stop a drunken fa...
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Very enjoyable. Thought-provoking as an alternate history and as a time-travel adventure(s). Favorite line from the book: The past is obdurate.
An examination of paradox and expectation, cause and effect, love and the human condition. There's a lot here beside the circumstances of the assassination of JFK to keep the reader's attention. It's an excellent walk through a much written about, but rarely well-told part of American history. There's a back story here about guns and murder and assassination in America. Death comes regardless of the weapon if an assassin, or murderer, or suicide's intent is relentless.
I'm not a fan of horror so I tend to steer clear of Stephen King but this was the novel for which to make an exception. Jake finds himself thrust into a fantastical quest... Stop the assassination of JFK by going back in time. After an initial bit of unbelief and dislocation, Jake settles into the role and life of George, slowly preparing to change history. It requires courage and a willingness to look evil square in the face... But George rises to the challenge. And then he falls in love with his new life and with Sadie in particular. Much of the book details Jake's twin lives of stalking Lee Harvey Oswald and taking in love with Sadie. The end scene where they stop Lee at the last minute is so full of tension and then grief, yet we the readers know Jake can go back and get it right the second time. And then the twist in the tale... We can't see the far reaching consequences of our actions.... Sometimes things would be worse if the bad thing was avoided. A bittersweet ending.