Well, I finished 11.22.63 this morning and I am upset. Why oh why did it have to finish?
I have to admit that I am not one for writing reviews, never have been and never will be. I usually just say whether I liked something or not and leave it at that. That is basically what I'll do here.
I loved this book. I wasn't sure I would as the premise never really stirred any excitement in me, but as a long time fan of Sai King and his work I was still looking forward to it.
From the opening pages I was hooked. As the story progressed I found it harder and harder to put the book down. I read somewhere that someone thought it the best ending for a King book ever, and I have to say that I'm inclined to agree. Wonderfully moving.
I always know when I've read a great book because my first thoughts are, why did it end? and my second thoughts centre around starting to read the book again straight away.
Thank you, Sai King, for a wonderful story, one that will stay with me for quite some time.
I think it's great that reviewer feedback has been so positive, even among the big critics. I also agree that 11/22/63 is linked thematically with Hearts in Atlantis.
As for Hearts being King's angriest book? Well, I wouldn't know. As I've said elsewhere Atlantis is in some sense a medidtation on those times and looking at the good as well as the bad. I remember someone in a Beatles documentary once saying the sixties were a time when people bared their souls on the line is the phrase I think was used.
I think King, in Hearts, also posits that the decade was a mirror of sorts, I could be wrong about that but I think it's the true. True enough about the decade anyway so that what you got when looked into the mirror that was the sixties amounted to different things to different people. I guess it depends on whose looking.
In 11/22/63 King seems to be taking a more measured look back at the decade and concluding that maybe in some ways America has come out the better for it.
Agree or disagree, there it is, for what it's worth.
Absolutely loved 11/22/63. I have it as an audio book. When I finished it, I immediately started it all over again. I just couldn't say goodbye to Jake. Mr. King says that his son advised him on the ending. Great advice! I was almost afraid of the end, because the more recent books have not had the type of ending that I am satisfied with. This one was perfect! I am always intrigued and delighted when "snippets" (is that a word?) of other books and characters make their way into a current book. Of course, the Dark Tower is an epic that I read, re-read, listen to as an audio book, and thoroughly enjoy. (I should not have continued to the the ending which Mr. King warned about, but how could I resist?) This one, however, is right up there as a favorite of mine. Dark Tower series is Number One, but this is a very close second. My gratitude and admiration to this very talented author!!!!