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I Know This Much Is True (P.S.) [Kindle Edition]

Wally Lamb
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‘A triumph of simple beauty’
Time

‘I Know This Much Is True never grapples with anything less than life’s biggest questions… a modern-day Dostoyevsky’
New York Times

‘Every now and then a book comes along that sets new standards for writers and readers alike. Wally Lamb’s latest novel is stunning – and even that might be an understatement’
Associated Press

‘Lamb creates a nuanced picture of a flawed but decent man. And the questions that permeate the novel… contribute to a fully developed and triumphantly resolved exploration of one man’s suffering and redemption’
Publishers Weekly

‘A modern Greek tragedy… [Lamb’s] success is to present this with terrific readability, tenderness, optimism and, most surprisingly, wit… The hallmark of the book is fine writing and a commendable depth of characterisation’
The Times

‘Wally Lamb’s achievement is to force you to feel Dominick’s pain… the events in Dominick’s everyday nightmare are presented with a sneaky simplicity which generates emotional tension’
Daily Telegraph

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With his stunning debut novel, She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman's painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with I Know This Much Is True, a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal—this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. Change yourself, the myth instructs, and you will inhabit a renovated world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1377 KB
  • Print Length: 912 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060987561
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (17 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC128M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (535 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wally Lamb's first novel, 'She's Come Undone', won rave reviews when it was published in 1992. It was a finalist in the 'Los Angeles Times' First Novel Award, a Top Ten book for 'People' magazine and a Notable Book for the 'New York Times'. Both 'She's Come Undone' and 'I Know This Much Is True' have been chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Wally Lamb now teaches writing at the University of Connecticut. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their three sons.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly moving and compelling story 6 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I had never read anything by Wally Lamb before picking up this book at my local High St shop here in London. It was a cold, damp day, with rain and sleet forecast for later in the week and, as it was just before the New Year, I had the week off from work. I curled up with this book on the Tuesday afternoon and was completely hooked by the time the elusive sun actually set for the night.
This is a wonderful book. The characters are believable and, even more important, their predicaments are real. I note that one reviewer commented on the number of tragedies faced by these people --- in my experience, that's real life. Also, I think Lamb did a brilliant job of portraying the ups and downs life offers.
I was gripped until the very last page. And I was moved to tears by the conclusion.
This is a wonderful book. I recommend it in the highest possible terms.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lamb delivers a life-changing gift to the reader 19 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My wife encouraged me to read this 900-page book with the words: "you will not regret this". She was right. The intensity of emotion with which the book starts is overwhelming from the first page, and it only gets better from then on. On the surface, this is a book about the relationship between two lost souls, the narrator and his schizophrenic twin. The account of the suffering brought onto the family by the mentally ill brother's self-mutilation is not only realistic and compelling, but also surprisingly charged with universal accessibility. At a deeper level, the author courageously explores the challenging psychological nuances of grief and confusion. It is the mark of Lamb's great empathy and spirituality, that we can root for an angry and desperate man who tries to alienate himself from his environment and the reader. The plot weaves in the story of the narrator's Sicilian grandfather with masterful ability. The small "detour" Domenico's story takes us to never feels like an unnecessary trip. Instead it expands the power of the emerging symbols of the novel : monkeys and rabbits. However, the special gift contained in this book is the author's spiritual journey that yields a unique experience to the receptive reader. The toxic nature of anger, the process of change through therapy are two of the many lessons to appreciate here. When I finished the book, I found myself wishing to become "True" man.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect and "I know this much is true" 22 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
I first read the synopsis of this book while browsing in a bookstore and for some silly reason I never bought it there and then. I was unable to get the book out of my head and it took me almost six months to find it again as couldn't remember the authors name, thank heaven I finally found it.
This book is beyond doubt my favorite book ever. On finishing this book the total feeling of satisfaction was undeniable. I've never heard of anyone say that, and I've never used that terminology before but it was exactly that - Satisfying. The story is so true to life and the way it was told encapsulated me in his life.
I disagree with the reviewer who complained about the amount of hardship in this book, welcome to real life. When I read this book I had no real trauma or tragedy in my life but it appealed to me. A few years later the amount of sadness I have seen has just confirmed the sentiment of this book. There is still a lot of enjoyment in this story and I loved the ending. I too am like the other reviewer who misses it when it's not on the shelf and I lend it to everyone in order to share the enjoyment of the book. In fact I have just treated myself to a second copy that I can have at all times while my other copy is on lend.
Finally to the person who read this book in one day and did not enjoy it. I find it hard to imagine reading 900 pages in one day and being able to feel the true emotion, and understand the true greatness of this book. It would be like drinking an exquisite bottle of wine while suffering with the cold, no sense of smell or taste and missing out on the enjoyment.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
When I first heard about I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE on Oprah a couple of years ago I avoided it for two reasons, the latter being the important one. I knew all too well much of the subject matter, as it possessed my father; as close to me as the fictional character's brother was to him. But when I finished reading this literally 900-page novel a week ago, all I could think was that this was its cental flaw: IT WAS TOO SHORT.
Wally Lamb, a genius of a novelist, has written a momument to love, healing, self-awareness and the human spirit that has only been equalled, I can only guess, by some of the best work of the 20th century--including Joyce, Melville, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Hemingway. I cannot imagine anything ever written short of the world's religious texts surpassing this. The central story is of a man named Thomas Birdsey and his struggle to answer with honor the Biblical question Cain asked God--"Am I my brother's keeper?"--via taking care of his schizophrenic twin, and his own struggle against the dying of the light of his own sanity in the process. Lamb manages to teach more lessons about the nature of life, family, power, abuse, pain, wounds, healing, forgiveness, spirit, love and epiphany through the flowering of Thomas' consciousness in this novel--not to mention the architectue of schizophrenia itself, and how it serves as the ideal albeit frightening metaphor for our entire Age--than any DOZEN self-help books, tear-jerker movies and trips to Church or the therapist that I could ever think of. Lamb does not tear apart the the fabric of modern life or maliciously diagnose the diseases affecting it for the manipulative purpose of creating characters and a convincing storyline. He sings modern life. He creates a symphony with modern life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing. Read this
Brilliant book. Slow to get going but so worth it. Loved it.
Published 9 hours ago by Philip J Duckett
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever
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wow what a book! I know it took me ages to finish it but I was way too busy attending to my newborn son :-) I read it between nappy changes and night time feeds... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Giedre
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Published 26 days ago by sgts
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read but with some reservations
A super read.... though I did prefer 'She's come Undone', which was one of the best books I have ever read.

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Published 1 month ago by mary quant
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Had me bawling
Oh my. What a book!! Fantastic. Had me bawling. So good!
Published 1 month ago by Avido
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
Although quite frustrating it became clear that he had way too much to deal with in one lifetime. In the end I think it was 'forgiving' that restored him, especially himself.
Published 1 month ago by Jenbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing read!
Well written, thoroughly engaging and deeply moving. Definitely a book to add to your list if you want to understand the intricacies of family and mental illness.
Published 3 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I know this much - this is a fantastic work.
Published 3 months ago by Marran Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book though it won't be for everyone (it is very long)
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This is a beautifully woven tapestry of a story. I will agree it could have been 200 pages shorter however but that is Wally Lamb's writing style. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bradfordiansteph
3.0 out of 5 stars terms of endearment,shawshank or what's eating Gilbert Grape? - long...
I'd just finished this large books after letting it sit on my shelf for over a year. I'd bought it from a charity shop after reading the title and the blurb, I like stories about... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. E. J. A. learman
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