Book Review: 11/22/63


by Stephen King

I have never read a Stephen King novel before.  Thrillers/Horror stories are not really my “thing.”  Something about the reviews for this book intrigued me, though, and so I thought I’d give it a chance.  Although it wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was definitely a page-turner.  I found myself self-inflicting sleep-deprivation so that I could keep on reading into the wee hours of the morning.

The premise of the book is time-travel, with the main character, an English teacher, traveling back in time with the purpose of changing history by preventing the JFK assassination.  It’s complicated, though, because he has to wait several years before he can get to his “job” and lots of other things happen before the time comes.  In fact, I don’t think Oswald even comes into the picture until the book is more than half-way over, and it’s not a short book!  A large part of the book is devoted to a love story as well, which raises questions on what is important – being honest with the one  you love, or essentially, changing history?  Of course, it also raises the question of what would happen if you were able to manage changing history.  The answers in this book are fascinating.

Did I like the story?  Yes.  It was quite captivating and thought provoking.  It provided a lot of “what-ifs” and held my complete attention for two or three days. I wanted to do nothing but read.  Motifs and elements of foreshadowing were woven all through the novel, and I thought it was a beautifully put-together story.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

What kept me from giving it 5 stars?  Well, it’s not a book I would allow my daughter to read, and to me, that does come into play when I rate books.  I like to be able to share books with her, but there are some things in here I would not want her reading.  There is quite a bit of foul language, which I just feel is unnecessary, and there are a few scenes that are pretty graphic.  I suppose Mr. King had so fit in some gore somehow. All in all, I would recommend it to my more “mature” reading friends.  It’s a good mix of history, romance and suspense with a little sci-fi thrown in there too.

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