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11/22/63 by Stephen King


Why you should read this book:

11/22/63 by Stephen King is a neo-classic time-travelling adventure, this book will have you spellbound from page 1. Both the character of Jake and the rules of time-travel are believable and compelling. The writing is fast-paced and easy to read. You’ll be thoroughly sucked in by the plot.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You have no patience for time-travel.
  • You have no interest in the Kennedy assassination.
  • You want something more complex.

What 11/22/63 by Stephen King is about:

Nobody understands how in 2011, Al’s Diner can sell their Fatburger for $1.19. The rumour is that it’s cat meat. In reality, Al buys his meat in the past. More specifically, he bought it in 1958. 

In the pantry of Al’s diner is a passage to Tuesday, September 9, 1958. When Al’s in the past, time proceeds linearly so that he can literally live through history, but when he returns to the present only seconds have passed. What’s even stranger, though, is that he always returns to Tuesday, September 9, 1958, no matter how much time he’s spent in the past or how much time has gone by in the present. Because the past resets every time he returns to the present, Al can constantly replenish his meat supply. And then Al realizes that he can change the present by derailing certain events in the past. So he decides to stop the Kennedy assassination in 1963. Unfortunately, he gets lung cancer and must return to the present, so he enlists a local English teacher, Jake Epping, to take his place.

Jake enters 1958, intending to track down Lee Harvey Oswald. Jake knows that he’ll have to kill Oswald, but before he does, he wants to make absolutely sure that Oswald is really Kennedy’s assassin. Playing the part of detective and spy, Jake follows Oswald’s life in the years leading up to November 22, 1963. It’s not as easy as it sounds, though. Jake must contend with living in a world that’s not his own while combating the mysterious forces of history that want to keep the past from changing.

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