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Unbalanced and mostly boring
le 23 mars 2014
As the book is in English, I'm writing this in English...
I've rarely felt so cheated after reading a book. 11.22.63 is not about saving Kennedy's life - and even less about what happens afterwards! The book is about how wonderful life was in the U.S.A. around 1960 - at least if you were a white male. King describes small town life (not much is happening) over hundreds of pages, desperately trying to keep tension up by hinting at terrible things to come. Unfortunately the first person narrator got on my nerves so much that I didn't feel sorry for him when the terrible things finally happened. The book is 734 pages long. The real attempt to save JFK's life begins on page 627, and if you are still reading (if I had borrowed the book from the library I would have returned it long before, but, alas, I bought it) things do get quite interesting. For a little while - but then, when things should get REALLY interesting, the author runs out of space and can't develop the story - he would have needed several hundred pages more to make sense of the not-quite-end.
This is definitely the last of King's books that I've bought, possibly the last I've read.