Author(s): Stephen King
Report Published: 2nd August 2016
Quake Magnitude: 5.8
11/22/63 is the first Stephen King novel I have ever read and the book behind the 2016 eight part series 11.22.63. King’s book follows protagonist Jake Epping through a “rabbit hole” that starts in a 2011 diner and ends in a 1958 Lisbon Falls and beyond. Along the way towards his date with destiny, culminating in a well-known book depository in Dallas, Texas, Jake, re-christened George, fights the ghosts of the past by embarking on a life-changing whirlwind romance, kept afloat by winning unlikely bets and surviving close scrapes with mobsters and bullies.
An intriguing time travel plot with more twists and turns than a 1960s dance floor, I can honestly say I never saw the end coming. I couldn’t even put the book down and instead come up with ingenious ways to do hip-opening yoga whilst reading… it really was that good!
11/22/63 is more than a story and for the three days I read it, King’s imagination never left me. It is certainly, given its size, an excellent holiday book that will keep enticing you back into the rabbit hole and away from the sea or swimming pool. One thing’s for sure, you will never see time or dimes in the same way again.
“You can change the past but it’s not as easy as you might think. That morning I felt like a man trying to fight his way out of a nylon stocking. It would give a little, then snap back just as tight as before.”
“Life turns on a dime. Sometimes toward us, but more often it spins away, flirting and flashing as it goes.”
“Resistance to change is proportional to how much the future might be altered by any given act.”
This book, unsurprisingly given its plot, made me think about the fragility of time and the sequence of events that construct a lifetime. One major event, lasting minutes or even seconds, can mean life or death, make or break a marriage or a business… and of course, whilst we all know this, we rarely reflect on it, all life’s possibilities and near misses.
Stephen King made me think about reading as a time machine with its ability to transport you to another place, another dimension entirely, whilst condensing 60 years of experience into just one week because of the corresponding factor of knowledge (thanks Agent Ravi for your analysis).
One thing for sure I will have to watch J.J. Abrams and Stephens Kings screen adaptation and I will certainly have to read more fiction. I guess it has a lot to teach you sometimes, but then my QUAKE Book Agents already know that!