I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True[BOOKS] ⚦ I Know This Much Is True ✫ Wally Lamb – Oaklandjobs.co.uk On the afternoon of October , , my twin brother, Thomas, entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut, public library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about On the afternoon This Much PDF Í of October my twin brother, Thomas, entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut, public library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit I Know PDF/EPUB ² would be deemed acceptable One of the most acclaimed novels of our time, Wally Lamb s I Know This Much Is True is a story of alienation and connection, devastation and renewal, at once joyous, heartbreaking, Know This Much Epub Ù poignant, mystical, and powerfully, profoundly human. This is a book I have been meaning to read since 1997 That s actually even before it was officially published, which might seem weird, if you didn t already know that Wally Lamb was teaching writing at my high school at the time he was working on this novel and if you didn t know that my freshman English class helped edit one of the first chapters, back in 1994 or 1995.The novel tells the story of Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, identical twins dealing with very fraternal problems, namely that This is a book I have been meaning to read since 1997 That s actually even before it was officially published, which might seem weird, if you didn t already know that Wally Lamb was teaching writing at my high school at the time he was working on this novel and if you didn t know that my freshman English class helped edit one of the first chapters, back in 1994 or 1995.The novel tells the story of Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, identical twins dealing with very fraternal problems, namely that Thomas is schizophrenic, and Dominick is almost his last remaining caregiver The novel is about many things, but most of all, as told from Dominick s perspective, it is about forgiveness of the self, of family, of our pasts, both personal and collective I know a number of the people named in the acknowledgements including several of my high school teachers , and my high school gets a shout out as well I didn t know Lamb very well, but I always found him pretty favorable, one of those teachers you like because they never actually have to give you a grade I never read this book until now because I also have a connection to one of those named in the dedication to Sam Deglin, a high school friend who, along with her younger brother Randy, was killed in a freak car accident in front of our high school in January of 1997 I knew she and Randy were named in the dedication, and for this reason, I avoided the book I didn t want to know how their deaths connected wtih the story, and I didn t want to be reminded at all of my hometown in southeastern Connecticut, where I assumed correctly, it turns out the book was set.I think enough time passed in order for me to feel OK about this bookand in fact, once I began reading, I couldn t stop The references to people, places, and events of my hometown were only part of the allure this book is beautifully written, and the structure of the novel which jumps back and forth between the 1920s, 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s with refreshingly little unnecessary exposition contributes to the sense that, like the mind of Thomas Birdsey who I guess you could call the antagonist , things are never what they seem, and that sometimes the answers to our biggest fears and questions were right in front of us, all along I would recommend this book highly, but it certainly helps to know a thing or two about growing up in Norwich, Connecticut too I m glad I finally finished because it was one of those books I kept thinking about when I was in the middle of it and I had trouble getting things done until I knew what would happen I really enjoyed it, I think it s hard to write a book with such a complex story line which all ends up coming together neatly in the end Like some how even the mysticism and twists weren t over done and felt like they flowed nicely I think this is one of my favorites now honestly. This book just went rocketing to my all time Favourites shelf I cannot imagine spending over 20 hours reading a book and not loving it.On my eReader, this book was just 3 pages short of 900 pages, and not one paragraph, not one sentence, not one word in the book could be cut without doing the book and one s reading experience irreparable harm.The main narrator of this book is Dominick whose twin brother Thomas suffers from mental illness This we know from the beginning Throughout the book, This book just went rocketing to my all time Favourites shelf I cannot imagine spending over 20 hours reading a book and not loving it.On my eReader, this book was just 3 pages short of 900 pages, and not one paragraph, not one sentence, not one word in the book could be cut without doing the book and one s reading experience irreparable harm.The main narrator of this book is Dominick whose twin brother Thomas suffers from mental illness This we know from the beginning Throughout the book, both brothers crash and burn a few times as they make their way on their journeys through life Yet they persist in searching out answers for themselves and each other to make those journeysmeaningful and fulfilling Twinship can be a very complex dynamic at the best of times These two take complexity to a level I ve never witnessed before.A secondary narrator is the twins maternal grandfather who dictated and or wrote out his life history before he died It is fascinating to see the parallels play out between the grandfather s time and the twins time and the authenticity of his voice is remarkable.This book takes a thorough and honest look at many facets of life twin ship, mental health, family dynamics including secrets and why they remain secrets , death and grieving, race relations through many decades, and so much .Within these pages the story is powerful and moves at a fast pace the characters have strong and unique voices the writing is sublime, raw, exceptionally moving just excellent This book ratesthan 5 Stars but it s all I have to givealong with a treasured spot on my Favourites shelf This is one of those books I read that has never left me After I finished it I just sat in my chair and cryed for a long time And I can t explain why exactly, as the ending was surprisingly hopeful It explores the nature of close family relationships and how you can love someone and also hate them and be embarrassed by them, and the guilt that results from these conflicting emotions The main character has a mother with physical defects which have inhibited her whole life, a brother with seve This is one of those books I read that has never left me After I finished it I just sat in my chair and cryed for a long time And I can t explain why exactly, as the ending was surprisingly hopeful It explores the nature of close family relationships and how you can love someone and also hate them and be embarrassed by them, and the guilt that results from these conflicting emotions The main character has a mother with physical defects which have inhibited her whole life, a brother with severe mental disabilities that have profoundly affected the entire family, and an abusive step father who damaged everyone under his control Yet in spite of all the really depressing themes, it is really quite moving and inspirational It s about survival and forgiveness and atonement I also loved the secondary story about the grandfather The book was an astonishing achievement 1.99 Kindle special today This was a GREAT PAGE TURNING STORY Just sayin I d buy it for 1.99 but I already own it Sometimes a reader is simply looking for a stay to lose yourself in This book fits that need This was another on of those 5 star books that I guess I never rated I wasn t always active on Goodreads you know There was a time I read before this site.lol 901 pages I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb is by far the best book I ve read in a long time Calling it my favorite is an understatement as is trying to sum it up in one review During the break, all I wanted to do was read I read about 300 pages a day I can t describe what exactly made me love the book, but I can guess First of all, every character was carefully crafted by the author and each forced me to care about what happened to them The protagonist, Dominick Birdsey, was the pe 901 pages I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb is by far the best book I ve read in a long time Calling it my favorite is an understatement as is trying to sum it up in one review During the break, all I wanted to do was read I read about 300 pages a day I can t describe what exactly made me love the book, but I can guess First of all, every character was carefully crafted by the author and each forced me to care about what happened to them The protagonist, Dominick Birdsey, was the perfect unconventional hero His struggle to stay sane while caring for his schitzophrenic twin brother and a host of other problems was both depressing and inspirational Another reason I couldn t put the book down was the intricately woven plot At one point in the book, I was reading the story of Dominick, who was reading the story of his grandfather, Domenico, who was telling the story of his wife s sister, who was telling the story of her mentor All of this should have been confusing and impossible to follow, but the author somehow managed to put it all together and keep readers up to date It seemed like he knew exactly when to stop telling one story and get back to another that the reader was wondering about Also, every part of the plot was necessary, symbolic, and important to fully understanding Dominick s past and present The book got especially disturbing towards the end, but the happy, and in some ways triumphant, ending ensured I d never forget this bookis not for the faint of heart, but is sure to move any reader with one. If I had an All Time Favorites shelf, this book would definitely be on it Wally Lamb s I Know This Much Is True has addictive characters and is beautifully written with so much depth and feeling with absolutely no boring parts to detract from the story The only bad thing about reading this book was wondering how the hell the next one will ever measure up I loved the ending and truly wish it wasn t over If you have not read this wonderful novel, you are really missing out, and do not let the 9 If I had an All Time Favorites shelf, this book would definitely be on it Wally Lamb s I Know This Much Is True has addictive characters and is beautifully written with so much depth and feeling with absolutely no boring parts to detract from the story The only bad thing about reading this book was wondering how the hell the next one will ever measure up I loved the ending and truly wish it wasn t over If you have not read this wonderful novel, you are really missing out, and do not let the 928 pages put you off as they will just zip on by POWERFUL UNPUTDOWNABLE UNFORGETTABLE Wally Lamb s second novel, I Know This Much Is True, was probably a result of the success of his first effort This is my favorite book ever I was reading it while I lived in New York, during the 2 weeks I was holed up in my apartment in New Jersey recovering from the shock of 9 11adjusting to life all alone in a big city with just my baby daughter who, at that time, I felt some ambivalence aboutmissing my older two childrenand mostly learning how to live after extracting myself from a rigid and controlling church experience I felt very much like I was learning how to live with a This is my favorite book ever I was reading it while I lived in New York, during the 2 weeks I was holed up in my apartment in New Jersey recovering from the shock of 9 11adjusting to life all alone in a big city with just my baby daughter who, at that time, I felt some ambivalence aboutmissing my older two childrenand mostly learning how to live after extracting myself from a rigid and controlling church experience I felt very much like I was learning how to live with a consolation prize as a life I was very, very lost at that time.The protagonist had also had his life turned upside down by the death of his baby daughter, his wife leaving him and his brother s suicide The story weaves it s way back and forth from his present to his past and back again as you piece together the story of his life and learn how he got to where he is In the end, he s restored.When I finished the last page of this book, I cried because my time with him was over I tried to read another book by Wally Lamb but it wasn t the same I love, love, love the main character in I Know This Much Is True People keep griping about the F word It s just a word i mbothered while trying to re read this book by Wrong narrator syndrome I really want to get into Thomas s headBoth Domenicos are just not interesting Who wants to hear about their grandfather That guy is such a jerk He s driving me crazy Who wants to read about someone thinking he s all that, a bag of chips and a value meal Another thing is the dialogue is driving me crazy The characters are just too simplistic They do People keep griping about the F word It s just a word i mbothered while trying to re read this book by Wrong narrator syndrome I really want to get into Thomas s headBoth Domenicos are just not interesting Who wants to hear about their grandfather That guy is such a jerk He s driving me crazy Who wants to read about someone thinking he s all that, a bag of chips and a value meal Another thing is the dialogue is driving me crazy The characters are just too simplistic They don t really have a whole lot of facades to them.Now to continue tormenting myself.Dude, first of all WE KNOW THE GUY IS ITALIAN SO WHY ALL THE ITALIAN Second, WHY MUST YOU CRAM EVERY SINGLE TRAGEDY YOU CAN INTO ONE BOOK The actual review Dang, this book frustrated me So I took away its stars It s just like with She s Come Undone Oprah rants about it, most people love it, but it s full of Stereotypes Every character is a stereotype The lesbians, the Indian from India doctor, the Black Power Native Power part black part Native character, the DON T YOU DARE BE A SISSY stepfather, the long suffering mother I just don t think real people are LIKE this, this simplistic and cardboard The book suffers from Wrong Narrator Syndrome Dominick isn t as interesting as his brother, but we get his point of view, then we get to read about his asshole grandfather He was such a hateful and unsympathetic, dickhole of a character that it was just so unpleasant to read about him He was full of himself He was proud to treat the people close to him like steaming dog crap Why did we even need so MUCH of him anyway As I said above, Lamb has to cram every single tragedy in this book he can think of You have to have mental illness, rape, abuse,abuse, racism, AIDS, suicide, killing a monkey and then he s got to add evenof that It s like you are in a boxing ring being punched over and over and not getting a break from all the mega misery Same thing with She s Come Undone Stuff besides rape and abuse happens to people It s contrived, it s cringe worthy I will not read anyof this poxy writer People are out of their minds if they think adult books are better than children s books JUST because have adult protagonists I ve read young adult books that tackled these subjects a hell of a lot better

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  • 897 pages
  • I Know This Much Is True
  • Wally Lamb
  • English
  • 09 February 2018
  • 0060987561