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About Love, Teaching and Time-Travel,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: 11.22.63 (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Jake Epping is a good man and a good teacher who really cares for his students. This works well when he teaches kids whose life are still quite changeable, but in the classes for adults sometimes its too late, because life has already taken a heavy toll on some people - as on Harry Dunning whose father killed his family 50 years ago and crippeld Harry for life.
When Jake gets the opportunity to go back in time to the year 1958 to prepare the cancellation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy he makes the Dunning family his test-run, to see how this might work out. And then he gets real and starts to live in the past quite intensively.
This is very much a story about what the past has looked like, about love, and about the importance and the beauty of teaching. And that is, what in a way this book is mainly about. The hunt for Lee Harvey Oswald again and again becomes a distraction to these worthwhile projects and in the end one has to question whether it was worth the cost.
With a nod into the direction of "It" and its filmed version - some people are called Curry - this is a very complex and very emotional story without strange monsters except the general monstrosity of man himself. And - I think - also again quite personal, because Mr. King has been a teenager when 22.11.1963 came along and a teacher of English at a later time in his life. he device of the first-person-narration from the perspective of Jake Epping makes for a beautiful language which is also a big plus of this novel. Highly recommended.