This weekly feature is hosted by Renee, (Its Book Talk). Throwback Thursday offers a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we are finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago.
11/22/63: Stephen King
Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.
I am currently reading Carrie by Stephen King. It’s the second book that I have read by the author; the first one was 11/22/63. Carrie reminded me of 11/22/63 and that’s what prompted me to feature this book on my TBT today. I still remember the book despite the fact that I read it two years ago.
It is the only book that I have read so far that features time travel and definitely one of my most memorable reads to date.
The book had an easy flow and although my knowledge of the JFK assassination was quite limited, I was able to follow the events in the story. The story was quite addictive and I couldn’t wait to find out whether Amberson would be successful in changing history. The characters were well crafted. Jack Epping is very easy to relate with. His fears, expectations, courage and relationship with Sadie were all too real. Sadie Dunhill is another likeable character that I found quite easy to empathize with. She had a sad history but I enjoyed seeing how her life changed through the chapters. Other characters that I liked include Miz Mimi and Deke Simmons.
I loved the ending of the book. I think at some point in life we all tend to wonder about would happen if we could go back into the past and change something especially the mistakes that we might have made. Read 11/22/63 and find out what our main character, Jack Epping/ George Amberson discovered about changing history.