Imagine if John F Kennedy had lived... Stephen King introduces a special extract from his new novel
Stephen KingAlmost half a century has passed since John Kennedy was murdered in Dallas, but two questions linger: Was Lee Oswald really the trigger-man, and if so, did he act alone? Nothing I’ve written in 11.22.63 will provide answers to those questions, because time-travel is just an interesting make-believe.
Early in the novel, Jake Epping’s friend Al puts the probability that Oswald was the lone gunman at 95 per cent. After reading a stack of books and articles on the subject almost as tall as I am, I’d put the probability at 98 per cent, maybe even 99. Because all of the accounts, including those written by conspiracy theorists, tell the same simple American story: here was a dangerous little fame-junkie who found himself in just the right place to get lucky. Were the odds of it happening just the way it did long? Yes. So are the odds on winning the lottery, but someone wins one every day.
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" Imagine if John F Kennedy had lived... Stephen King introduces a special extract from his new novel", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2013. Consulté le 05/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/imagine-if-john-f-kennedy-had-lived-stephen-king-introduces-a-special-extract-from-his-new-novel