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11/22/63 by Stephen King
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May 25, 12

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Read from May 20 to 23, 2012 — I own a copy

This is about a high school English teacher named Jake Epping, who is asked to travel through a "rabbit hole" into the year 1958 (from 2011). The idea, is that he will live in the past until the year 1963 and stop the assassination of Kennedy on November 22nd of that year (hence the title). He has learned that the past does not want to be changed, and the larger the change, the more obstacles someone would have to overcome in order to make the change. The book follows him over the several years he lives in the past, and his detective work to see if Oswald was the assassin and/or if there were someone else involved. As anyone would, who lived in a new place for a while, he makes friends and begins to feel at home in the past. This complicates things when he thinks about going home again. What will happen, when the date in question is over? Will he have stopped the assassination? Will he be able to leave his new friends? Will he get back to the “rabbit hole” and the year 2011 to see how much better the world would have been had Kennedy lived?
This book really kept my interest. It was not scary or a horror story. It was suspenseful. I was always excited to know what would happen next. He does tie in several other books. Jake has a bit of time in Derry, and references are made to children being murdered by a man dressed as a clown (It) and Eddie disappearing (The Dark Tower Series). There are several references to Kennedy in his other books as well. It’s always a lot of fun to have his stories take place in his own unique world, and having them tie into each other. I have not read a lot of his books, so I am sure I missed a lot of the references, but you don’t have to know them in order to follow the story. This is one hunk of a read at about 850 pages, but well worth it.
I don’t know a lot about the Kennedy assassination, and all the conspiracies and theories surrounding it, but King really did his homework when he was writing the book. It all seems extremely plausible that events could have happened as he described - minus the time travel! If you like mystery and suspense I would recommend this as a great escape into the past.
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