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11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
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11/22/63: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Stephen King

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Title:11/22/63: A Novel
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Gallery Books (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 880 pages
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11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King

  1. 162
    It by Stephen King (watertiger, sturlington)
    watertiger: The characters from IT are referenced in 11/22/63
    sturlington: A section of 11/22/63 is set in Derry and features characters from It.
  2. 70
    Replay by Ken Grimwood (SJaneDoe, dltj, HoudeRat)
    dltj: Shares a similar plot line that covers part of the same time period, and "Replay" even includes a story fragment about November 22, 1963.
  3. 70
    The Dead Zone by Stephen King (StarryNightElf)
  4. 70
    Time and Again by Jack Finney (zwelbast, bookworm12)
  5. 20
    Somewhere In Time by Richard Matheson (stevetempo)
    stevetempo: No change in history here...but a cross time romance is featured...if you saw and enjoyed the movie...read the book.
  6. 42
    American Tabloid by James Ellroy (glwebb)
    glwebb: If you liked 11/22/63 then American Tabloid should be right up your street. A very snappy, complicated, twisted look at the Kennedy Presidency and assassination. Ellroy dishes up a counterfactual history that seems almost too real to be anything other than the secret truth.… (more)
  7. 10
    Blackout by Connie Willis (Navarone)
    Navarone: Both books are about time travel and how the future is affected due to the actions you make.
  8. 10
    Time and Time Again by Ben Elton (aliklein)
  9. 10
    All Clear by Connie Willis (Navarone)
  10. 32
    American Gods: The Author's Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: Both novels are epic. They both have elements of time travel and a sense that minor actions can lead to major unintended consequences.
  11. 13
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (mene)
    mene: Both books are about time travel through a kind of portal. In both books, the time traveller finds love on the other side, but the effects of the time travel and the way it works are different. In King's book, the time traveller also actively tries to change history, while in Gabaldon's book, the time traveller uses her knowledge of future events a lot less actively.… (more)
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Eine Rezensentin auf Goodreads begann ihre Rezension mit einem Terry Pratchett-Zitat: „Susan hated literature. She’d much prefer to read a good book“. Ich finde das passend. Manche mögen Stephen Kings Werke nicht als große Literatur bezeichnen, aber gute Bücher sind es allemal. Der Anschlag reiht sich da nahtlos ein. Anfangs hatte ich ja so meine Bedenken, weil ich allgemein kein großer Fan von Zeitreisegeschichten bin, aber Kings Augenmerk liegt mal wieder auf den Figuren und die schreibt er einfach so mitreißend, dass man nicht umhin kann, das Buch zu verschlingen.

Jake Epping ist eine sympathische Hauptfigur aus dem Jahre 2011 und Lehrer. Er ist geschieden von seiner Frau, die Alkoholikerin ist, was ich persönlich mal erfrischend abwechslungsreich fand, denn meistens sind in Geschichten die Männer die Säufer. Jake tut sich auch sehr schwer damit und blickt immer wieder auf seine Ehe und die Eskapaden seiner Frau zurück. Al, Inhaber eines örtlichen Diners, ruft Jake eines Tages an und damit nahmen die Dinge ihren Lauf. Al hat nämlich die Tür nach Narnia ein Portal in die Vergangenheit in seinem Vorratsraum. Genauer gesagt führt dieses Portal zurück ins Jahr 1958. Und Al hat dieses Portal viele lange Jahre für sich genutzt. Sein Ziel war es gewesen, das Attentat auf Kennedy zu verhindern. Die Gesundheit hingegen machte ihm da einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Während zwischen dem Gang in die Vergangenheit und die Rückkehr durch das Portal in Jakes Zeitlinie nur 2 Minuten verstreichen, lebt man in der Vergangenheit die Zeit in normalem Tempo und altert entsprechend. Jake bekommt nun die Aufgabe, das Attentat zu verhindern und gleichzeitig nutzt er die Gelegenheit, noch etwas anderes zu ändern, aber bereits da merkt er, wie sehr sich die Vergangenheit dagegen wehrt, geändert zu werden.

Während man Jake, der sich in der Vergangenheit George nennt, also ins Jahr 1958 folgt, wo der bis 1963 leben muss, um das Attentat zu verhindern, begleitet man Jake auch in eine Zeit, die viele als damals-war-alles-besser ansehen. Auch Jake/George kommt nicht umhin, hier ein idyllisches Bild wiederzugeben. Essen, das besser schmeckt. Anstand, den man damals noch hatte. Klassische Rollenverteilung. Aber Stephen King schafft es auch, dieses idyllische Bild mit der Realität zu vermischen. So sind die strikte Rassentrennung, der Rassismus, der Sexismus allgegenwärtig und werden auch von Jake/George immer wieder kommentiert. Man sieht auch die Armut, die mancherorts herrscht.

Für jemanden aus der Zukunft ist es natürlich ein Leichtes, sich Geld zu beschaffen und ein gutes Leben zu führen, wenn man für eine volle Mahlzeit nicht mal einen Dollar zahlen muss.

Jake/George begibt sich auch nach Derry, wo er Beverly Marsh und Richie Tozier kennenlernt. Beim geneigten King-Leser sollte hier automatisch Es im Gedächtnis aufploppen und die Stimmung der Szene ist einfach herrlich.

Langer Rede kurzer Sinn: Wir folgen Jake/George und ich habe echt die ganze Zeit mitgefiebert, ob er seinen Auftrag erfüllen kann und wie die Zukunft danach aussehen wird. Hier sei nur soviel verraten, dass es alles ganz anders kam, als ich gedacht hatte.

Mit dem Thema Zeitreisen begibt sich King wieder in die Science Fiction und obwohl das Buch mit über 1000 Seiten den einen oder anderen Leser abschrecke mag, so waren diese Seiten schneller gelesen, als man glauben mag.

Fazit
Wie immer schreibt King hervorragende Figuren, die lebensecht und real wirken. Dabei schafft er es, die 50er und 60er Jahre in ein regelrechtes Kopfkino zu verwandeln, ohne jedoch allzu nostalgisch zu werden. Absolute Leseempfehlung für alle King-Fans und definitiv eines meiner Highlights während des Kingprojekts.

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  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
Beautiful, heartbreaking, and fascinating. I loved the robust world King created. All too often, I don't find books believable because of how thin the setting is. This book delivers on character development, plot, and believability (as much as time travel can be). There were some parts in the middle that dragged a little (mostly Jake's chronicles of following Oswald around), but I couldn't put the book down the last 100 pages. And by the final page, I was crying. There is tragedy, hope, love, dancing, beauty, and closure. This book made me feel more than I have in a long time upon finishing a book. It's worth the commitment! ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
'11/22/63' is a straight-forward science fiction/alternate history novel, except no sf author would have gotten away handing in such a gargantuan manuscript as this. I liked the book, really liked it if you must have specifics, but I would have liked a hundred or two pages cut. The lavish detail and stuffing isn't not fun to read, but what I really wanted was the story as advertised and the gut reactions of our everyman teacher/writer hero and his girlfriend.

I don't mean to undercut the perceived quality of the book, well---maybe a little---but I think most of us know what we're getting and what we want when we crack open a King novel. This book delivers, but Stephen King has always been all over the place in every sense of the word except for setting, Maine is going to rear its ugly vacationland head at some point or other, but what I mean to get at is that this book isn't the radical departure that some people seem to think it is. But neither is this book King trying hard to prove himself as an artist or putting out lazy shock/schmaltz. Both of those kinds of books are hazards of being a King fan, let me assure you: this one's safe.

The story itself is solid, the secondary and tertiary characters reliably grizzled, wholesome or deranged, and the love story is believable - something that alone is worth a star. King veers into misty-eyed nostalgic territory at times, as he always does in books he sets around the time of his own childhood, but he's always careful to cover himself by exposing the injustices and cruel attitudes of America and Americans in the 50s and early 60s. This book just happens to tackle that glowing ideal head on by also piercing the glamour surrounding JFK. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
I don't normally read the Afterword on books, but I'm glad I did for this one. King always does a great job of explaining why he wrote a novel, the research involved, etc. ( )
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
Love is more powerful than chaos. ( )
  jefware | Feb 6, 2019 |
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It all adds up to one of the best time-travel stories since H. G. Wells. King has captured something wonderful. Could it be the bottomlessness of reality? The closer you get to history, the more mysterious it becomes. He has written a deeply romantic and pessimistic book. It’s romantic about the real possibility of love, and pessimistic about everything else.
 

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It is virtually not assimilable to our reason that a small lonely man felled a giant in the midst of his limousines, his legions, his throng, and his security. If such a nonentity destroyed the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, then a world of disproportion engulfs us, and we live in a universe that is absurd.

- Norman Mailer
If there is love, smallpox scars are as pretty as dimples.

- Japanese proverb
Dancing is life.
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For Zelda
Hey, honey, welcome to the party
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I have never been what you call a crying man.
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But stupidity is one of two things we see most clearly in retrospect.  The other is missed chances.
Although emotionally delicate and eminently bruisable, teenagers are short on empathy.  That comes later in life, if at all.
Life turns on a dime.
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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died, and the world changed.

If you had the chance to change history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
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Can we change the past?
Not if it erases life.
Better just to dance. (enemyanniemae)

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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author's new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. In this novel that is a tribute to a simpler era, he sweeps readers back in time to another moment, a real life moment, when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history. Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students, a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night fifty years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk. Not much later, Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane, and insanely possible, mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life, a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.… (more)

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