I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True

On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, 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 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, On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother, Thomas, entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut, public library, ...

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Title:I Know This Much Is True
Author:Wally Lamb
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:I Know This Much Is True
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:897 pages pages

I Know This Much Is True Reviews

  • Taylor
    Apr 25, 2007
    The point of view, the colloquial style, the brutal light in which Lamb paints Dominick's life -- as the identical twin who is not the schizophrenic, as the survivor of abuse, as a parent that lost a child to SIDS -- is awesome. It's not a difficult read, but it can be really gut wrenc...
  • Emily
    Jul 03, 2007
    I read this book ages ago- some time before college- and got so consumed by the characters that I thought about them for weeks after I'd finished the book. I would wonder about things on which Lamb didn't elaborate, would think about their personalities, their situations. It's remarkab...
  • Anne
    Apr 25, 2008
    In the first few chapters I would have given this a 5. Interesting plot, but way too long and ridiculous. The plot twists got more and more far-fetched. A page-turner--have to give it that--but by the 500th page (there are 900+) I started skipping around (too many fragmented stories ev...
  • Laura
    Feb 11, 2008
    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 wha...
  • Pam
    Dec 21, 2007
    Wow, what a fantastic book. I read the last 550 pages of this book in one day, disregarding the myriad other things I was supposed to get done. Excellent writing -- every time I thought I knew what was going to happen next (and hoping it didn't, because that would be too predictable) h...
  • Heather
    Apr 10, 2008
    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 tha...
  • Elyse
    Apr 01, 2009
    $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 ...
  • Jason Gehring
    Dec 28, 2007
    another book that was like a sucker-punch to the gut. even with 900+ pages, i didn't want this one to end, though it ended beautifully. cried again at this one, which is rare. and it contains one of my favorite written sentences. i didn't care if it is an oprah book. i loved "she's com...
  • Judy
    Mar 12, 2008
    Lamb's tale of one man dealing with his twin brother's schizophrenia is honest and true to life. Spanning decades and making a number of digressions (a grandfather's biography, a flashback to when Dominick realizes he and his brother are not the same person), the story was always engag...
  • Erin
    Feb 03, 2008
    Ug. I got physically ill reading this book. IT is about mental illness, dysfunctional families, and domestic abuse. It's the story of one family's dark secrets and recurring patterns of behavior largely succeeds in its ambitious reach. It's about a sibling's responsibility, depicting t...
  • Rhokel Normington
    Jan 12, 2011
    this book only gets 3 stars because in the end it held my interest. most days i find mr. lamb's writing tedious and sometimes far to drawn out. however, just like with undone, he picks up this ending book speed and wraps it all up in a neat bow. i am shaking my head but the truth is if...
  • Rachel
    Apr 11, 2008
    Ufta. Well...it's a testament to the quality of this book that I was willing to stick it out the entire 900 pages (well, 856, but who's counting?) If you can get past the intimidating bulk and stick it through to the end, there really is some quality writing here that is well worth the...
  • Jennine Jones
    Mar 17, 2008
    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...
  • Traci
    Apr 03, 2008
    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 9/11 . . . adjusting to life all alone in a big city with just my baby daughter (who, at that time, I felt some am...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jun 21, 2013
    I read this book years ago and just loved it. It still haunts me. ...
  • Kristen
    Dec 31, 2008
    Lots of firsts with me and this book: 1. The longest book I've ever read (898 pages). 2. The most pages I've ever read in a day (300) 3. The first time I've literally had to put the book down and close my eyes so I didn't cry on it... Books get to me, I admit it. And in the past ...
  • Spider the Doof Warrior
    May 26, 2009
    People keep griping about the F word. It's just a word. i'm more bothered while trying to re-read this book by- Wrong narrator syndrome. I really want to get into Thomas's head more. Both Domenicos are just not interesting. Who wants to hear about their grandfather? That guy is such a...
  • Ron Spence
    Jul 12, 2009
    I found this novel to be a well (if simply) written page turner that is ultimately undermined by its contrivances and by the author's seeming inability to let his readers draw their own conclusions or puzzle things out without having every last theme and story thread laid out explicitl...
  • Cwides
    Nov 17, 2009
    This book could have been about 500 pages shorter. In addition to constantly repeating himself, as though you may have forgotten the relevant lessons, or stories, or who the characters are from 100 pages back, the writing is painfully slow... until the last 15 pages when life moves at ...
  • Maciek
    Feb 07, 2013
    Wally Lamb's second novel, I Know This Much Is True, was probably a result of the success of his first effort - She's Come Undone, which was selected by Oprah for her book club four years after its initial publication in 1992. His sophomore effort, published in 1998, also got stamped w...
  • Dustin
    Jan 01, 2013
    I finished it last night and it's good to be done. I enjoyed it overall, but it had a lot of potential that Lamb pretty much squandered, IMO. I mean no disrespect to the author, I'm just being honest. It's all I can be. There were some themes (such as mental illness and genuine fo...
  • Connie
    Jul 19, 2013
    Although this book is a chunkster at 897 pages, it was so engaging that I didn't want to put it down. Thomas and Dominick Birdsey are identical twins with very different personalities. The book opens in 1990 with Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, cutting off his hand as a protest again...
  • Linda
    Dec 26, 2016
    There was a review with date started and finished but it didn't survive the import from Shelfari. Slowly adding my missing books but too time consuming to review again. ...
  • Jaline
    Apr 26, 2017
    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 witho...
  • Carol
    Mar 17, 2013
    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 readin...
  • Lynn
    May 30, 2016
    This book is loved by many but I am not among them. The premise: identical twins only one of whom is schizophrenic, attracted me to this book. However the portrayal of schizophrenia was not 100% accurate which spoiled the book for me. On top of that I did not like the mixed up brother,...
  • Bill
    Mar 14, 2014
    I absolutely loved this book and cried my eyes out during the last 60 pages. This book was an experience! So much has been written about this book how much can I add? For me the emotional complexity and intensity of the story instantly pulled me in and relentlessly riveted my atten...
  • Liz
    Nov 25, 2016
    My friend Ron recommended this book to me, saying he thought it was something that I would enjoy. I owe him my thanks because he was right, although I didn?t exactly enjoy it? I rather loved it. I took so much from this story that I hardly know where to begin with a review. Thi...
  • Pouting Always
    Feb 23, 2017
    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 ...
  • Siv30
    Oct 16, 2016
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