- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 20 edition (5 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444727338
- ISBN-13: 978-1444727333
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2,164 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
11.22.63 Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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The reader feels the benefit of 40 years of narrative craftsmanship and reflection on his nation's history. Going backwards proves to be another step forward for the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature. (Mark Lawson, Guardian)
The pages of 11.22.63 fly by, filled with immediacy, pathos and suspense. It takes great brazenness to go anywhere near this subject matter. But it takes great skill to make this story even remotely credible. Mr. King makes it all look easy, which is surely his book's fanciest trick. (New York Times)
Stephen King at his epic, pedal-to-metal best (Alison Flood, Sunday Times)
not just an accomplished time-travel yarn but an action-heavy meditation on chance, choice and fate. (Independent Books of the Year)
The details of Fifties America, the cars, the clothes, the food, the televisions with wonky horizontal hold, are so vivid that you begin to wonder whether the author himself hasn't had access to a time machine.
...But as you worry at the paradoxes and the brilliantly explained pseudo science there is no denying that this monster yearn is blindingly impressive. Manly writers run out of steam as they get older. King, though, writes books that are ever longer and more demanding. I can't wait to see what he will tackle next.
Stephen King's new novel, 11.22.63, combines a variety of genres, being a JFK assassination, a story of time travel, a variation on the grail quest, a novel of voyeurism, a love story, a historical novel, a counter-factual historical novel and the chilling tale of a sinister animate universe, a form which can be traced back to the ghost stories of MR James. (London Review of Books)
The master of the pen has written yet another extraordinary novel. (Independent)
The story comes off the blocks with almost alarming speed ... he tells a story like a pro .... 11.22.63 kept me up all night. (Daily Telegraph)
Stephen King at his epic, pedal-to-metal best (Alison Flood, Sunday Times, Culture)
Not just an accomplished time-travel yarn but an action-heavy meditation on chance, choice and fate. (Independent Books of the Year)
A riveting, high-stakes political story like UNDER THE DOME, a love story like BAG OF BONES, a 1950s community like IT, Stephen King's incredibly ambitious, heartstoppingly dramatic time travel novel, 11.22.63 is a WHAT IF? novel like no one's ever read before - a one thousand page tour de force.See all Product description
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The work of any lesser author would be scrutinised at length by the Publisher and almost certainly reined back to a more concise and action-flowing narrative. However because Stephen is "the ultimate", his work cannot (or will not be subject to critical analysis before being published) and the result can be a bloated and overblown exercise in writing for writing sake. No-one can deny that he is able to write/create on a stupendous level with incredible skill, but when this genius is used to pad out what would otherwise be a very exciting and pacey thriller, it lapses into pure self indulgence. In other words because he can do it doesn't mean that he has to!
The beginning of the book is intriguing and gripping, and the end of it is also quite mind boggling, but the middle is a gigantic 50s and 60s pastiche like a monstrous cloying cream cake of everything that SK can pack in about life at those times - dancing, music, sport, politics, and more dancing -
most of which is completely irrelevant to the plot. I struggled to the end - part of which is quite reminiscent of the Back to the Future plots - and just wished SK had cut about 250 - 300 pages out of the middle of his book. Like a surgeon removing an unused and unnecessary appendix.
Why can't he take a tip from his younger self and return to the non stop action and intrigue of his earlier stories? Go away Stephen King - and come back Stephen King!
Although the books selling point is the Kennedy assassination, that actually features very little. Sure, we have the preparation with Oswald, but ultimately the themes are those of the relationship with Sadie, is the past really better than the present, can things be changed and should they? The human themes are the real hook the story hangs upon, as the ending shows.
It's a very good book, packed with a ton of detail as well as a great narrative, but just lacking a little focus at times and probably 50 pages too long. This is not a deal breaker by any means though.
Very highly recommended
I hear there's a tv series which I will need to watch.
I considered slowing down towards the end, to make it last longer. But I just couldn't.
A remarkable book.
Coming in at 850 pages long, this is really a story to lose yourself in and is one of those books that you're thinking about when you're not reading it. The descriptions of 1950s America lull you into romanticising the era until you peep behind the curtains or are confronted by the cruel realities of segregation.
It took me a long time to read the book as I just didn't want it to end and had already fallen in love with and cared about the main characters: Jake (George), Sadie, Deke and Miz Mimi.
Then there are the questions: could Oswald be stopped? Would other lives be saved? What are the consequences of changing history?
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy 20th century history, science fiction and specifically time travel stories, or those who don't mind a bit of romance. Don't let that put you off - it's a world apart from the Amazon badlands!
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