Stephen King


WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11/22/63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless . . . 2.8 out of 5 based on 10 reviews


Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Format Hardcover
Pages 752
RRP £19.99
Date of Publication November 2011
ISBN 978-1444727296
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton

WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11/22/63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless . . .

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The Guardian

Mark Lawson

But King, whose writing life represents among other things a model of canny career management, has waited until the right time for these novels. In these books, the reader feels the benefit of 40 years of narrative craftsmanship and reflection on his nation's history. Going backwards proves to be another step forward for the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature.


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The New York Times

Janet Maslin

Mr. King’s books have a far stronger real-world component than they used to, even when he deals with premises rooted in science fiction. And he has lately written with more heart and soul, leaving the phantasmagorical grisliness behind. Perhaps it’s the gravity of the Kennedy assassination that makes this new book so well grounded, but in any case “11/22/63” does not lay on the terror tricks … The pages of “11/22/63” fly by, filled with immediacy, pathos and suspense.


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The Independent on Sunday

James Kidd

11.22.63 is quite something, an exciting, intelligent if overlong book that underlines all King's powers as a novelist while exposing some of his flaws. Twenty-first-century King is a strange beast: populist and high-minded, artless and self-conscious; as ambitious as any novelist but always anxious about that ambition.


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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Martin

As a novel, it’s far from this writer’s finest hour: it’s too long, too jumbled, too discursive and it ends in fizzles where there should be fireworks. Nothing he has done in the past few years has really stacked up against the emotional and imaginative seriousness of the truly powerful and weird Lisey’s Story in 2006 – but even in an off-year, he tells a story like a pro. Flawed, long-winded and periodically silly it may be, but 11.22.63 kept me up all night.


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The Daily Telegraph

Benjamin Evans

Whilst there is a palpable sense of King expending his boundless ingenuity on a premise that does not fully reward it, there is still much to enthral as he ruminates upon his lifelong themes. His fascination with evil – here seen in the pale, egocentric form of Oswald – arranges characters along clear moral frontiers that feel meaningful rather than simplistic.


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The Sunday Times

John Dugdale

If you can buy the formulaic device of sweethearts racing to confront a villain before he kills, King’s denouement is gripping enough, and its aftermath is intriguing. November 22, however, occupies only 100 pages of a bloated effort that seems based on a gross miscalculation of his readers’ patience — one so blatant it’s astounding such a successful storyteller could have made it.


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The Times

David Hayles

His 50th book, on the face of it, appears to be sci-fi. But even though King mentions the genre specialists Ray Bradbury and Jack Finney in the acknowledgments, 11.22.63 is more beholden to the likes of the romantic drama of The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger ... The romance takes up a sizeable portion of a very long book; as do tiresome descriptions of Jake’s high school productions of Twelve Angry Men, Of Mice and Men, and various down-home jamborees. Anyone who knows King realises that he never knowingly underwrites.


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The Financial Times

Adam LeBor

11.22.63 marks a definite maturing of literary command and ambition and is a step up from recent, more standard works, such as Cell (2006) … High quality global journalism requires investment … King has now reached that enviable stage in a writer’s career when he can write as much as he wants about whatever he likes without, it sometimes seems, an editor’s critical eye. The book weighs in at around 750 pages and is too long.


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The Evening Standard

David Sexton

Stephen King (b 1947) obviously just loves imagining being back in the Fifties and he indulges himself here too much. This novel is okayish at best ... But this book is not exciting and it goes on vastly too long.


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The Guardian

Rachel Cooke

King has delivered a self-indulgent book that is too long (a whopping 740 pages), too complicated and too barmy for words. Narrative tension, ordinarily his greatest skill, has been ruthlessly sacrificed on the altar of pedantry. I had never thought to hear myself call King boring; as a judgment, it's like saying that PG Wodehouse isn't funny. But there you have it: I wouldn't have finished 11.22.63 if I hadn't been reviewing it.


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