Mark’s #50 – 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King

In my generation, the pivotal date (so far) in history is 9/11/01, but for the previous generation that date was 11/22/63.  Similarly, perhaps the most asked question of both those dates has been, “where were you when you found out about…”  But what if the past could be changed?  If so, should it be changed?  How do we know if those changes will be for the better or the worse?  Those are the questions of every author who has delved into the tricky realm of time travel.  With these in mind, Stephen King brings his masterful storytelling ability in this great 849 tome.

How do I summarize an 849 page book, with all of it’s intricacies, plot twists, mystery, and surprises in a short review? I don’t.   What I will say is that this is a great peace of fiction, my favorite this year.  It has been a very long time since I’ve read any of Kings work.  What I realized in this reading is that King is not just an author who can crank out a massive amount of suspense/horror thrillers. King is also a brilliant storyteller who uses all sorts of literary devices Ron could go on and on about.

It’s hard to describe, but reading this book felt fuller and more immersive than most novels I’ve read… Like the difference between watching a black and white tv and watching the latest Pixar 3D film.  There is a lot going on in the book on many levels, yet, it wasn’t confusing or hard to follow at all.

I don’t want to give away the plot because I want you to read the book… but I will give one hint:

The past is obdurate.

*Note: Obviously King doesn’t write this book from the perspective of a Christian worldview. Readers should be cautioned about some occasional scenes of sexual impropriety.  While not explicit, the first time this happens, there’s more details than necessary, and there are several other quick references to the act throughout the remainder of the book.

 

1 Comment on Mark’s #50 – 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King

  1. Your note is especially relavent to those who opt for the audio edition. It’s an explicit scene in any case, but the audio is narrated by the guy who does the Sam Adams beer commercials… Imagine the When Harry Met Sally diner scene only Billy Crystal lays down the demo. …I REALLY won’t have what she’s having.

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