“grinning desperately, he raised the knife to his throat... and cut.”
— stephen king
happy monday, and welcome to another #beardyread
episode, where we finished our second third of 11/22/63 in an amazing way. did clayton cut his throat? or that “...and cut” is just the story director cliffhanging us for the next scene?
meanwhile, i’m kinda lost in the symbol. but i’m hanging there. even if there aren’t many cliffs so far.
it’s wonderful that we’re reading both these books at the same time—i said that before, but here’s another inevitable comparison.
both books are filled with historical facts, and when you write something that involves history, you can choose two possible paths. you can go with lego bricks-safest path—that fill the gaps of corrosion in a bridge, or you can go with bridges mingled with the narrative.
the problem with lego bricks is that we see it is lego. it’s cool, but they don’t match other materials. and the beauty of mingled bridges in the narrative is that we know it’s there, but the landscape is not affected by it.
what i mean is that i feel that, in 11/22/63, stephen king plays with history and merges it all in the narrative organically. the scene with marina oswald, for example, made me believe jake was there in the past. on the other hand, i don’t feel much inspired by robert langdon’s knowledge anymore, because it feels like dan brown just “copy-and-pasted” some knowledge to fill in the gaps.
i still like and admire both authors. don’t get me wrong.
so, we’ve read chapters 14 to 22 of 11/22/63, by stephen king, and chapters 45 to 89 of the lost symbol, by dan brown.
☕️ which one are you reading, and what are your thoughts so far?