Stephen King 11/22/63 Audiobook
November 22, 1963: this date would be enigmatic without the cover photo of the book. Special edition facsimile crossed out with a headline: “JFK assassinated in Dallas”.
In the photo, we see Jackie Kennedy, the First Lady, lovely in her pink Chanel suit, wearing a tambourine hat of the same color.
JFK is next to her. He smiles at the cheering crowd. In a few moments, he will be dead. The killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot him from the 5th floor of a building:
11/22/63, so that’s the date of the Kennedy assassination. Unless…
Unless someone can turn the clock back to the fateful moment to prevent the event from happening. Stephen King 11/22/63 Audiobook .
To be convinced, just turn the book over to find, on the tails, a very successful imitation of the Daily News front page. She announces that the worst has been avoided / “Dallas: JFK and Jackie unharmed. The Americans were very scared. ”
What is the correct “one”? The one that announces the Kennedy assassination or the one that claims he miraculously escaped an assassination attempt?
To find out, the reader must follow in the footsteps of Jake Epping, the narrator. At the beginning of the novel, we are in 2011, this 35-year-old literature professor is going through a bad patch: his wife has left him. He is alone and disillusioned. But his life will take “a 180-degree turn”.
One evening, while going to dine in a seedy restaurant set up in a trailer, the Fat Burger, the owner of the restaurant drags him into his reserve and asks him to take small steps. Jake complies and he finds himself, still in his hometown of Lisbon Falls, no longer in 2011, but precisely on September 9, 1958, at 11:58 a.m.
Al has just revealed to him “the breach to the past”, which is at the back of his fast-food trailer. He wants to give him a mission. He himself, a cancer patient, could not turn back time far enough to prevent the Kennedy assassination. But Jake, if he agrees to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, can change the history of America.
Jake accepts the mission. So there he is engulfed in the temporal breach, under the pseudo of Georges Amberson, equipped with the kit of the modern man of 1958. Security card with date of birth in 1923, 9000 dollars of the 50s, a vintage watch, without forgetting the sports results from 58 to 63, to allow him to win the bet at the bookmakers.
And we follow him in that Dapper 50s for which Americans feel so nostalgic. The book is a feast of ultra-precise and ultra-documented details.
Jake loves a world where there are no more ringing cell phones, no one who cares about global warming, suicide bombings, and skyscrapers hit by airliners. He even fell in love. He feels so good that he decides never to go back to 2011 again.
When it comes to D-Day and time, he can, by shooting Lee Harvey Oswald, distract him and make him miss his shot on Kennedy. What will he choose? And can his choice have unforeseeable consequences?
To discover while reading this novel, a very successful mixture of perfect meticulousness in the portrayal of America of the 50s and unbridled imagination on what could have happened otherwise.
An ideal reading under the parasol.