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11.22.63 by Stephen King

“How we danced!” 

Another fictional delight from Steven King, this book is about an English teacher, Jake Epping, who goes back in time to 1958 in an effort to prevent JFK’s assassination in 1963.

This book manages to fit into many genres all at once – political thriller, historical, sci-fi, romance, dystopian. At the same time, while also tackling the story of the central protagonist Jake Epping / George Amberson, it also raises a lot of interesting idealogical questions. For example, it shows how hypocritical society was in the 1950s while also showing how trusting people were. It paints an interesting picture of 1950s/1960s society but is also unafraid about ripping away the staid perfection of the net curtains and white picket fences of suburbia.

This book is quite mammoth – around 700 pages – but it still manages to be a brilliant book all things considered. It’s a good book to read on a long journey and you will soon find yourself lost in the narrative. All the characters are well fleshed out which is amazing for a book this dense and lengthy. Near the end it takes on a dystopian edge when Jake discovers what has happened to the world as a result of his actions.

This one was a marvel. It’s an emotional roller-coaster of the best kind, and I adored the two main characters. A fantastic read. King triumphs again, and I really want to watch the mini series which came from this book. One thing’s for sure, however, this book will certainly find its way onto my Top 10 Favourite Books list.

MY RATING: ***** / *****

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