I've only read 2 books by Stephen King and the first one I didn't love. My daughter recommended The Talisman thinking I would like it but I didn't. So when my sister and brother recommended this I was more than a little hesitant. As they presented their reasons for liking it and the basic premise of the book, I became interested.
What they didn't tell me was what a chunkster it is - 850 pages! I pulled it down off the top shelf at the library and groaned. Luckily, it was enjoyable to read and so it didn't seem so terribly long.
John Epping is a thirty-five-year-old English teacher, who is roped into helping a local diner owner with his obsession to save JFK from being killed more than 40-years ago. Al's Diner has a time-travel-worm-hole that takes him back in time to the year 1958. Of course, Epping becomes intrigued with the idea and decides to take the plunge in hopes of changing the past and make the future a better place.
I must say, "King is quite the storyteller." He has quite the imagination and the ability to vividly share it with the reader. I loved his take on time travel and the idiosyncratic problems Epping encountered. King masterfully depicted life in the late 50's and early 60's, which also added to my enjoyment of the story. I was in 7th grade when Kennedy was assassinated so I felt transported in time, too.
One quote to share is all - Jack Epping is talking:
I'd made the stupid assumption that people were going to approach the Cuban Missile Crisis much like any other temporary international dust-up, because by the time I went to college, it was just another intersection of names and dates to memorize for the next prelim. That's how things look from the future. To people in the valley (the dark valley) of the present, they look different.Has anyone else read this? What did you think? I liked it. A lot.