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May 29, 2012

April Book Club: 11/22/1963 by Stephen King

Due to the length of the book and how busy everyone in our book club got, we postponed the book club meeting to a later date.
Here is my breakdown so that I can choose a book for May.

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.
It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

My Opinion:

So I purchased this book early and started it... 
I got stuck when I had to put it down within the first 30 pages. 
I could not get myself motivated enough to really give the book any time until I forced myself to read one afternoon.
And an evening about a week later.
Then again 3 days after that.

It took me over a month to actually read this entire book.
For me this is unheard of and a little depressing.
I don't know if it shows more about my life right now or about the book.

I think that the size of the book is intimidating. 
This being my first Stephen King book added a little bit more pressure.
That equals starting the book and not picking it back up for another 4-5 weeks.
I'm not proud.
Usually I'm way, way better at finishing a book that I start.

Anyway, once I actually got into the first time travel experience I was much better set to actually read.

The book is interesting.
Did I mention it was long?

I almost felt like the editors could have been a little bit more picky about this one.
I mean really...
I mean no disrespect, but even Stephen King should be edited a little...

Back to the book.
I didn't really enjoy it. 
The writing wasn't all that.
The idea is a good one.
But not almost 700 pages good.
I mean we could have cut out some things and I would have never known.

History buffs, go ahead and read.
Not a history buff? 
Not into reading a uber long book?
Read to about page 250 then skip to page 680.
You'll get the gist. 

(I can't even believe I just suggested not fully reading a book. For shame!)

As you can tell, not my fav...

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