11.22.63: Stephen King
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This section of the novel is littered with real people, and King does his best to make them his own, a sometimes difficult proposition with people as infamous as these. I think this works mostly because we trust King so implicitly and that if he says it true it's true.
Jake goes back to the past, and is told by the Green Card Man that every trip causes another "string", an alternate reality with a different past and different future. King, a native of Maine, has an obvious love for the place and one of the things he does well is ensure that the reader is there, breathing the air, eating the lobsters (or, in this case, the Fatburgers). On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. When we did our trial runs, it threw everything it could at us from car trouble to illness, and the bigger the event, the harder it tries to stop you.It is a beautifully-imagined and wonderfully written story that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
Not just because it´s US politics from decades ago I never knew that much about, but also because the postmodernist realization that everything has been corrupted made me choose irony and sarcasm as the only possible responses to protect my, already balancing on the cliffs of insanity, brain.Any of them would be an interesting story by itself, but none of them truly appreciated unless combined with all of the others. For true alternate history, try Lion's Blood: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America, by Steven Barnes. She is killed in the confrontation at the Texas Book Depository, but comes back to life once Jake "resets" the timeline by going through the portal. King has stated the book's idea came to him in 1971, yet at the time didn't have enough confidence in his skill or ability to properly pull something like this off.