The reason I chose to read 11/22/63 was because I noticed that C.S. Lewis, Aldrous Huxley and John F. Kennedy died the same day….Now, I usually skip simple coincidences as this; however, this was too much to overlook. If you don’t know who Huxley is – he is an author who wrote “A Brave New World.”
My overall impression of Stephen King’s newest book was that is a well-written story. King is very descriptive storyteller, great at bringing in vivid imagery into the book. I loved the time-travel aspect of this book, and the full circle love story of Jake Epping. This mammoth book – roughly 850 pages, took me about a week to finish. I admit, after reading 11/22/63 I could actually feel the anticipation of that fateful day in Dallas.
In addition, there were two moral implications that I wrestled with. First – could I actually murder a human being even though they did not commit the crime yet? This stems from the account of a man who murders his own family. I honestly defer to God in those situations, but something inside of me thinks that I can/could; it would be extremely difficult though. Second, would I actually try to stop a huge event like the Kennedy assassination or would I just take my knowledge of today and make a boatload of money?
Regarding the JFK murder, King states in the afterword that he is about 98% sure that Oswald was a lone gunman. He cites that Oswald was at the right place at the right time, conspiracy theorists try to find order in a random event (Mrs Paine’s Garage – Thomas Mallon), and according to Occam’s Razor – the simplest explanation is usually the right one.
I am not a expert on Kennedy by any-means but I honestly don’t think Oswald acted alone. Right now, I believe that maybe the CIA, Hoover, Bush, or the Mob had their hand in it. Who knows?
This book receives a 4.5 star out of 5