“The past is obturate.”
Stephen King, 11/22/63
If you look into Jake Epping’s story, his foremost anecdote, sounds like a rather simple narration of a 30 something divorcé. An English teacher whose life is a series of redundant activity of grading GED essays and religious visit to a local diner owned by his friend, Al. But Al’s diner holds a secret- its storeroom is a portal that binds the present and the past.
Revisiting the past is tricky. To you, you step into a brand world that defines the present world and you get fixated at an ethereal power convincing you that you could re-write history. Al’s obsession was to stop the assassination of John F Kennedy and he enlisted Jake to do the job.
The central theme of this story is a lucid one: if you could re-write history, would you? Jake was presented with myriad opportunities to the same, but in the end, I think we all know what his decision presented the world.
But his adventure within this portal, I can say, helped him recast the tautology of his own world, where in the end he was ready to re-write his own history.
You’d think this 800 page something book is haunting, but really, as you read along, you wished it just kept going. I love the straightforwardness of the theme, the dialogues, the plot in general. It was just like listening to two people telling stories to each other. An easy 5 star in my book. Thank you Mr. King!
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Scribner – 849 pages