This book is very long and once you get past the beginning, it becomes very interesting. It is about twin brothers, one who is mentally disturbed and the other who just struggles with life trying to cope with his brother's problems. It leads you through a winding road of psychological hardship on both men and how one brother uses his other brother's illness to help himself.
This is a great read. If you have ever had to deal with loss and redemption (some day you will) this is a gratifying sage to id with. Its a large book but keeps you interested and turning one more page before you lay it down.
One of my all time favorite books. Starts out kind of slow, but if you hang in there, you will be very pleased. It is an epic tale, filled with emotion, inspiration, heartbreak...all the elements you could ever want in a book.
Incredible book! It has a lot of vulgar language that bothered me, but the story was so awesome that I could look over it. This book is a journey through one man's life as he confronts his demons and overcomes them while caring for his mentally ill twin brother and abusive stepfather. Very profound. When I finished the book I had to just sit for a minute and think, "Wow."
this story will break your heart. if almost 900 pages is daunting to you,this book will change your mind...you will want more when it is done.the story of brothers,one of whom is disabled by mental illness. you won't forget this one
I really liked this book a lot. It was very long (897) pages and I thought I would never finish it, but it was a good book. It's about twin brothers who grow up in a dysfunctional family and one of them is schizophrenic. The other brother tells the story. There is also a story within the story as he reads his grandfather's journal and tries to discover who their father was. This is an Oprah's Book Club selection.
Excellent example of "framing", or telling a story within a story. Lamb's protagonist is very real, and easy to empathise with. The characters are layered so well that it is easy to forget that this is fiction. One of the best story tellers of our time, destined to be a literary classic.
Possibly my favorite book of all time. I've read and reread it so many times that my copy actually fell apart and I had to buy a new one. There is nothing that I didn't like about this book. I love the way all the stories weave in and out of each other and the way everything sort of ties together in the end. It gives me the warm and fuzzies every time.
I read this book in 1999, and I still remember it vividly (in 2005). After I read it I had a new favorite book, and it still is my favorite book after all these years. Captivating and raw, a story of compassion and resentment, love and hate, joy and pain. The writer captures every last detail with amazing clarity. A++++
This is a very long but very good book. Even though the main character is kind of an A hole I still liked him and could understand why he was the way he was. The story of his grandfather was a nice treat, like a story in a story. The one thing I disliked about this book is the overuse of the term "RUN INTERFERENCE" .I would definately recommend this.
This book rates a place on my "keeper" shelf. You can read the book description for details of the plot. Absolutely loved it after reading it when it was first published. Just re-read it last summer and haven't changed my mind - one of the best books I've read and will probably re-read in another 5 years. I was shocked by Stacey A.'s comments and her comparison to Hannibal. Yes, it is about two very troubled brothers and some unbelievable events which lend a "dark" air to the story, but the execution of the plot is flawless.
This was a long wordy book, but very well worth reading. I liked the text , the prose & the characters. Also very insightful reading. About a pair of twins, one of which has schizophrenia & who is hospitalized in a institution. The sane twin tells the story of their lives. And meanwhile, is trying to get his brother out of the state institution. Good Read.
I was really excited about this book because I completely adored "She's Come Undone". It's a long book but I gave up at around page 300. I just hated the book in every way. The subject matter bothered me, the characters were not likeable, the flashback sequences left me cold. I can't remember having this strong of a negative reaction to a book since "Hannibal" a few years earlier. I wish I could say I liked it but I didn't. :(
An enticing read. It follows the lives of two brothers, twins, who lead different lives. One brother has a handicap which the other brother feels is his responsibility to take care of. Wally Lamb's character depth is remarkable and I give him a lot of credit for his second novel.
It took me a long time to pick up this book and start reading it because it was SO long and seemed daunting. And for the first couple pages, I considered stopping...then, about a chapter in, I got so engaged and couldnt put the book down.
I got so involved with the characters, each and every one. They all have their good and bad personality traits, and seemed like real people I could know in real life. Once you start reading the book, the thickness of it doesnt matter.
I loved Wally Lamb's first book, She's come undone, but I think this one was even better.
Absolutely one of the best books I've read in quite some time. At times, I was brought to tears by the realism of the family dynamic - particularly as Dominick comes to accept Ray, and vice versa. It's a bit of a slow start overall, but you won't want this 900+ page book to end - it's definitely hard to put down. Absolutely brilliant, and highly recommended!!
This book was touted as "the best book I've ever read" by several people I know, so maybe I went into it with expectations that were too high, but I can't say I loved this book. It was rather tedious to read at times, as I found the narrator to be selfish and a little unlikeable, and some of the twists to be unrealistic, but I can't say I hated it. Some parts really reached out to me and kept me interested, so in the end I liked the book, but didn't love it.
I loved She's Come Undone, and I remember being astounded that a male author had written that so beautifully from a female perspective. I Know This Much is True is written from a male perspective, a super manly angry man's perspective. I have twins so I'm a sucker for anything about twins, but I really think this book could have benefited by being shorter. Wally Lamb does an amazing job telling the sprawling story about twins Thomas (crazy) and (comparatively sane) Dominick and their Ma (Concettina Pasqualina Tempesta Birdsey). The author details the backgrounds and histories of narrator Dominick's ex-wife Dessa and her rich Greek family of local car dealership wealth and fame, including her new boyfriend Dan the artist and her younger sister Angie who is married to narrator Dominick's best friend Leo... also narrator Dominick's live-in girlfriend Joy and her best friend the Duchess... he details the background and history of pretty much everybody imaginable and that's why this book is 897 pages long. Every time I thought to myself, "oh that's an interesting foible the author points out about such-and-such a character, and then 300 pages later I would be saddened to see that same foible repeated in reference to so-and-so a character in the past or of far-reaching relevance. I just got tired out and eager for the book to end. To be fair, the author does do a good job of redemption and loose end tying at the very end but by then my attention was just spent.
This is a long read, and it's definitely not an easy one - but you will be happy that you took the effort to read it. This man is a wonderful author, and I also recommend "She's Come Undone." Also a marvelous book!
I remember reading this book a few years ago. It may be long, but I read it fairly quickly. It is an interesting but sad story about twin brothers. One brother is normal and the other brother has mental problems. The normal brother carries the burden of the other brothers problems throughout his life. I don't want to give away too much info, but I think this story makes you appreciate family and hardships between siblings. A fantastic Book!!
This is a really long book!It is about a man who is a twin. He is the "normal" one: his brother has schizophrenia and commits an act(no spoilers from me) that leaves not only his family but also the community in shock.
This is about the "normal" twin trying to deal with it all and keep it all together: helping his brother, the death of his mom, his sometimes hateful step father, the divorce from his wife after the loss of his infant daughter, finding out about family history and his new girlfriend that he can either take or leave but stays with not to be alone. (You feel for him)
While he goes to talk to his brothers therapist to help his brother we start to think that maybe he needs the most help of all...
gets interesting and surprising towards the end...
This book kept me in thrall for all of it's 897 pages - even when I was through, I wasn't ready to be done. A wonderful story, with characters you care about and could know, characters both brilliant and flawed that draw you into their lives.
I loved Wally Lamb's book She's Come Undone so I decided to try another book by him and that's how I came across I Know This Much Is True. It was really, really long. The story dragged on and on at times. I would have given this book 4 or 5 stars if Lamb would have edited out 400+ pages which would have been very easy for him to do. The content would not have been affected at all.
I didnt think this book deserved quite the level of praise and fanfare surrounding it, but was still an interesting read. I found myself wanting more action in plot in certain sections and had trouble identifing with the characters, but there were portions that were quite good. Didnt love it, not the worst thing i've read.
"A can't-put-it-down-novel...packed with graceful writing, unrelenting dramatic tension and characters how force the reader to form an emotional bond with them...The only thing bad about Wally Lamb's new novel is that it's too good."
I also read this book years ago, I remember it being about twins one normal and one not.
it was sad and profound =family is family no matter what.Years later what I though was fiction came to me in reality having 2 children one avrege and one with a "Beautiful Mind"
After I've read She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb I was in love with his writing style. I quickly wanted to read more of his work and found this book. It's a super thick book, but yet, again I could not bring myself to put it down. He's a wonderful author. I hope to read more of his work in the future.
I had this book on my shelf for forever and after reading some other people's reviews decided to finally read it. I wasn't disappointed, it was pretty good. But that's it, I didn't think it was as great as everyone seemed to think it was. The characters were great though and so was the story line, it was just soooooo long!
I can't remember the last time I read a 900 page book. Its an accomplishment, even though I read it on and off for months! I was about to stop reading altogether, but then the grandfather got involved and I got re-interested. A good read, even if it is long.