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I Know This Much Is True: A Novel (P.S.) by [Wally Lamb]
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I Know This Much Is True: A Novel (P.S.) Kindle Edition

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1998: What if you were a 40-year-old housepainter, horrifically abused, emotionally unavailable, and your identical twin was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed in public self-mutilation? You'd either be a guest on the Jerry Springer Show or Dominick Birdsey, the antihero, narrator, and bad-juju magnet of I Know This Much Is True. Somewhere in the recesses of this hefty 912-page tome lurks an honest, moving account of one man's search, denial, and acceptance of self. This is no easy feat considering his grandfather seemed to take parenting tips from the SS and his grandmother was a possible teenage murderess, his stepfather a latent sadist, and his brother, Thomas, a politically motivated psychopath. Not one to break with tradition, Dominick continues the dysfunctional legacy with rape, a failed marriage, a nervous breakdown, SIDS, a car crash, and a racist conspiracy against a coworker--just to name a few.

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.

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The fates of an angst-ridden man and his paranoid-schizophrenic twin are inextricably bound in this symbolic and naturalistic first-person novel. Ken Howard does a particularly nice job with characterization and further graces the text with his understanding of its subtext and drama. Strangely, though, he detaches from the hero/narrator, whose conflicting passions animate the story. He has opted against full impersonation, perhaps because doing so would reveal more of the character's unsympathetic teeth-gnashing. Indeed, Howard makes the most of the novel's strengths--crisp writing and idiomatic dialogue--and with the help of an excellent abridgment renders its weaknesses--pedantry and triteness--inconsequential. This award-winning Broadway stalwart here shows himself to be as adept behind the mike as behind the footlights. Y.R. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File size : 1985 KB
  • Publication date : March 17, 2009
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Print length : 912 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B000FC128M
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 0060987561
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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