I finished King’s 11/22/63 earlier this evening.
Hardcover: 849 pages
Publisher: Scribner (November 8, 2011)
It was very entertaining and thought-provoking. I’ve always liked speculative fiction, which is sort of what this is. It’s a “what if” story on the surface, but down deep where it matters, it’s really a love story.
King writing a love story? C’mon! You’re joking, right?
No. I’m not. It’s a love story… a wonderful one, actually.
I know the Kingster wrote this baby because it has a lot of his texture, flow, and Stephen-Kingness about it, yet is it also palpably different. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s historical fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, and romance all rolled into one; not the usual Stephen King one might say. Still, an outstanding read.
The Kennedy assassination is one of the most written about events in history, I should think. There are piles of non-fiction books out there written from all points of view. There isn’t a whole lot of fiction writing about this event, though. King did a lot of homework to get this one right. I’ve read dozens of droll tomes describing every feasible and far out possibility of what really happened on that day in 1963. I’ve even slogged through the Warren Commission Report. Believe me, King put some work into this book.
If you get the chance, read or listen to it. I don’t know that it will ever be a movie. It couldn’t be condensed down into a 2-hour big screen thing, I don’t think. It would have to be a mini-series; and if it’s not done right, as It was, it will be ruined. If you read the hard cover, as I did, be sure to have your carpal tunnel brace handy to assist you to hold the book up while you peruse it. It’s a big ‘un… yup!