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The Man Who Turned Into Himself: A Novel Paperback – April 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
This unimpressive fiction debut uses theoretical physics to explain the fantastical events it describes. Rick Hamilton, publisher of a small journal based in Connecticut, has a premonition of his wife's death in a car crash. He rushes out of an important business meeting and speeds to the scene of the accident without questioning how he knows where to go. But he is too late; seeing his wife die, he blacks out and awakens to an altered reality-- he is being pulled from the wreckage of the car as his wife looks on. Rick, as it turns out, is trapped inside the body of Richard A. Hamilton, his counterpart in our universe. (Among other differences in Rick's parallel universe, John F. Kennedy, Bobby and Marilyn Monroe are all alive). Soon, with the help of a blind psychiatrist, Rick formulates a plan to use hypnosis to send him "home." Though the writing is glossy and efficient, Hollywood screenwriter Ambrose seems uncomfortable working in narrative prose. Seeking to move the action along, he often succumbs to awkward techniques--letters, tape transcripts and monologues--that could come straight out of a theater's one-man show. And for all its fancy quantum mechanical explanations, the plot is unconvincing and predictable. Movie rights to HBO.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Screenwriter Ambrose's first stab at fiction is a fascinating tale that explores the meaning of reality. Rick Hamilton is successful, happily married, and on top of the world until his wife, Anne, is killed in an auto accident. At the moment of her death, Rick finds himself thrust into a parallel universe, trapped in the mind and body of--himself. Rick is now Richard A. Hamilton, whose wife, Anne, is still alive but cheating on him. Everything is the same, yet different. How can Rick get back to his real life? Or is this his real life? Using the Many Worlds theory of quantum physics, Ambrose has crafted a psychological thriller that poses intriguing questions about life, time, and the universe. Of course, any time-travel tale (like Ambrose's 1983 screenplay, The Final Countdown ) bogs down if you really think about it, but nonstop action keeps the pages turning. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/93.
- Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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