Review: 11.22.63 by Stephen King

 Book review | 11.22.63 by Stephen King | 3 stars

11.22.63 by Stephen King

Cover photograph: Press association images
Author photograph: Dick Dickinson
Hodder & Stoughton 2011
ISBN: 978 1 444 72729 6

 

Synopsis

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?


Bullet-point review

★★★☆☆

+ time travel
+ (mostly) historically accurate
+ historic charm
+ story is well executed

– some misogeny
– very long-winded


Full Review

In the first part of the book I noticed some smaller comments by the main character indicating misogeny, which was really disappoiting. Of course, I expected some of it from the people in the 1960’s, but I was saddened to see that the main character held some of those views as well. Of course, there is also the oh-so-normal (in the 60s), racism.

Another aspect of the book that bothered me from time to time was the length. Everything is described in great detail, which makes certain parts of the book particularly longwinded (and thus boring).

Nice however is that the book brings out a bit of the old charm from the 60s, such as we sometimes we still see in movies about that era. The idea itself might not be the most original (going back in time to change history), the way in which it was executed however was amazing!


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