The last dance *spoilers*

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by davo67, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. davo67
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    This is my first post and will contain spoilers. I was extremely surprised at my response to the ending of ‘11.22.63’. Never have I felt so emotional about two characters from a story, but I’ve cried for days afterwards whenever I thought about Jake and Sadie. I thought I was going crazy to have such a reaction and it was a relief to read some of the posts here that showed other readers having similar experiences. Being familiar with a number of King stories,
    I knew Jake would not get to have his (pound) cake and eat it too, even as he was telling the dead Sadie he knew what he had to do. I cried along with Jake (the man who never cries) as he realised his true love was a butterfly and that he would let her go. For Jake to describe himself as a man with no particular prospects and no expectations from life was devastatingly sad. To think there was no dancing left in his life, at his age, was cruel. Finally, I’m not sure what to make of his dance with the 80 year old Sadie. I felt sad for her too, as there appeared to be no ‘true love’ as she remained single and childless. Did she ever find someone to get rid of the broom? I had hoped so, but maybe not with her dedication to civic life. I interpreted the final dance of the book as a means for closure for Jake and that they wouldn’t see each other again.
    What did other readers think? This may have been discussed in earlier posts, when the book was first released, so I apologise if I’m going over old territory.
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    Welcome to the board. Please use spoiler coding when appropriate, even in some threads clearly labeled SPOILERS AHEAD, it's a nice courtesy to have actual specific spoilers hidden. Just

    [ spoiler] say what you have to say [/ spoiler]. The space between the first bracket and the s needs to be closed up and the space between the backward slash and the s of the second spoiler should be closed up and you have a spoiler tag.
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    ok, thanks.
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  4. Dana Jean
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    No problem. It's just a nice courtesy.:)
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...no honey, you certainly aren't alone in your emotional response to his scribblings, Unca Steve has developed the tugging of heartstrings and stirring of the soul into fine art...
  6. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I'm reminded of Jackie. Even as a kid I wondered about her life after Jack. How does one escape that pain?
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    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    Welcome davo - you are not at all alone in your feelings about Jake and Sadie...
    :near_tears:
  8. Spideyman
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    Hi and welcome. I've started rating SK books by number of tissue boxes needed to complete the book.
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  9. 91rewoT
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    Hahaha! Love it!
  10. davo67
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    I actually never thought about Jackie during those last few pages, but now I think that is a very symbolic tie in to the book. Maybe not being an American and being only a toddler through those first years after the assassination made a difference. Thinking about it now, my first recognition of Jackie was probably in 1975 when she was Jackie Onassis and was mourning the death of a second husband. As a kid, in the limited news bulletins that I would have seen, I thought she never looked happy.
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  11. king family fan
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    Welcome davo
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  12. Doc Wilson
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    I thought this was the most masterful ending King has ever pulled off. I loved everything about it, the last dance was such a wonderful send off to a beautiful romance.
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  13. doowopgirl
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    Welcome. I, along with many others, cried buckets at the end both times I read it. I like your perspective on the last dance.
  14. aravis
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    I preferred the alternate ending that Stephen King posted to this site. It took some of the sting out.

    Heartbreaking love story. That was the horror aspect to the book, the most unsettling part.
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    Welcome to the site, aravis.
  16. 91rewoT
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    Welcome to the board aravis!
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    After having read the alternate ending, I still liked the ending published in the book. Of course, it wouldn't be what I wanted for Jake and Sadie, but the ending is just one of the things that makes it a great story.
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  18. Lisey Landon
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    Welcome, @davo67 and @aravis!
    I also cried at the end of this book, and I never cry over books. Fascinating as the whole story is, it's the love story that stays with me.
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    I felt equally sad when I read the ending of The Dead Zone. It happens in tragedy.
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