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A stretch, both literally and figuratively from his Oprah-christened bestseller, She's Come Undone, Lamb's book ventures outside the confines of the tightly bound beach read and marathons through a detailed, neatly cataloged account of every familial travesty and personal failure one can endure. At its heart lies Freud's "return of the repressed": the more we try to deny who we are, the more we become what we fear. Lamb takes Freud's psychological abstraction to the realm of everyday living, packing his novel with tender, believable dialogue and thoughtful observation. --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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- ASIN : B000FC128M
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (March 17, 2009)
- Publication date : March 17, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1985 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 912 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0060987561
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,882 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read on my iPhone during my lunch hour and started this book with great anticipation. The first chapter is quite gruesome but sets the tone for all that is to come. If you can get yourself through the beginning, I'm pretty sure you can get through the rest. I kept reading. And reading. The percent read that my kindle happily tracks for me, barely moved. Day after day I watched my barely existent progress. When I'd had enough I finally checked the statistics of the book. It has a whopping 982 pages! I will be sucking down the battery on my phone for the next ten years reading the story on a 4 1/2 by 3 inch screen. But I persisted.
Thomas and Dominic are twins, one born on December 31st and the other born on January 1st. They are even born in different decades, one in 1959 and the other in 1960. Their mother, Connie is not married but thank goodness her strict Italian father died before he discovered she was pregnant. The boys are never told who their biological father is and both have an very contentious relationship with Ray, their step father, who adopts them as toddlers.
The brothers are angry. The tone of their story is filled with anger because everyone here has issues. Thomas is mentally ill and finds himself living in a variety of mental institutions. Dominic, the supposedly sane twin, is Thomas' self appointed protector. Dominic's life is a train wreck and he blames Thomas for all that is wrong with him.
There is so much going on here, that Mr. Lamb needed those 982 pages. The story blew up slowly until is became a big abscess and it finally burst, letting the infection run freely out. The story ended all tied up in a neat little bow. I couldn't stop reading this book but I wasn't always engaged in this book. I Know This Much is True requires a commitment of time and energy. The treatment of mental illness in this country is spread out for the reader to live and experience. The story is worth reading but beware. It's exhausting.
In the course of this book, we learn about the twins, their Italian immigrant father, the burdens that people carry, and what it means to love one another. Although I felt the ending was just a little too pat, the journey made it worth it.
Wally Lamb has a wonderful gift of empathy for initially unsympathetic characters, and he carries the reader along a voyage of discovery, deeper and deeper into each character, until we share his understanding.
A book worth reading and rereading.
Roberta Beckman Gonzalez, M.D.
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2 days! Dominick is an absolutely unforgettable (anti)hero, everything about the characters, setting and plot is richly drawn and observed with so much empathy and in the most minute detail. There wasn’t really one “black and white” villain or hero in the piece, and the dual timeframe narrative gave Dominick’s present-day story many layers. I didn’t think the recent TV miniseries fully exploited Domenico, Ignazia and Prosperine’s narrative and it took something away from the overall denouement, which explains why the novel had to be as long as it was- every detail added up to a full picture and, as Dominick explained, showed “the roundness of things”. Truly epic storytelling and one of my favourite books.