Do you ever find there’s this cynical part of you that just doesn’t believe your favourite author can possibly have it in them to blow your mind again?
I think I had this experience with 11.22.63. I wasn’t expecting to be rendered completely unable to eat, sleep, work, have a conversation, go for a walk, hang out with my husband or basically function without this book in my hands.
If I was oblivious to it at the time, I knew I’d been book-whipped at the end when I found myself re-reading the final paragraph on the last page a few times… flicking through and skim-reading some earlier narrative I’d forgotten about as I drank in the story as a whole, complete entity… stroking the spine and feeling that completely disorienting realisation that it’s over… (how would I spend my time now?)… missing the characters already, the colours of the world they lived in… feeling a little too light without the narration of a man with a mission so heavy you could feel it in each page…
Yep, I was whipped by 11.22.63.
And let’s face it.. I can be extreme. I get obsessive with some books, there’s no doubt about it. If you’ve read any of my posts you may have realised that my relationship with literature is a passionate, zealous, all consuming love affair worthy of the Bronte sisters. Yet, I think I’ve retained enough sense of mind to say that this was quite simply, a great story.
If you’re not sure whether to give Stephen King a go – read this book!
Here’s some more reasons why this should be on your list of soon-to-be-reads (I’ll try not to spoil it!)
- It’s a surprising love story, on a number of levels.
- The 1950’s America that SK paints is a vivid, sensory experience.
- If you’re a fan of SK’s “IT”, you’ll appreciate a brief little encounter with 1950’s Derry. In fact, I think I may have shed a tear during those precious pages.
- The characters are wonderfully King-esque (ie., believable)
- The age-old question ‘what if we really could change history?’ is explored, sprinkled with a dose of SK flare.
- The motif of cause-effect, choice-consequence and questions of what it means to “have it all” in life are a great challenge in this post-post-modern era.
- If you’re not a fan of evil sewer clowns, incestuous cat-people and haunted hotels, then you’ll like this book.
- If you are a fan of evil sewer clowns, incestuous cat-people, haunted hotels and more – you’ll like this book!
It’s just damn good.
Buy it. Borrow it. Try it on, wriggle around in it and let me know what you think.