I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True

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Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his subdued life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060391621
0060391626
Characteristics: ix, 901 p. ; 24 cm

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sparbybar
Jul 18, 2020

one of my all time favorite fiction reads. 3 plot lines run concurrently: the guy's present day life, flashbacks to childhood, and an old diary's contents......all of which wind together. I didn't know an author could write like this......definitely keeps you engaged.

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INVS
Jun 19, 2020

I didn't read it...watched the six part presentation on HBO. I wondered if I could stick with this very troubling tale at a time of national unrest. Not for the faint of heart. The acting was superb, really hard to watch at times. Conclusion? Wroth the effort.

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celinar
Apr 03, 2020

When his schizophrenic twin brother Thomas does some ugly damage to himself in a public library on the eve of the Persian Gulf War, Connecticut everyman Dominick sets off on a journey of self-discovery and change. There are flashbacks to the brothers' postwar upbringing and even farther to their grandfather's immigration story. Wally Lamb's prose is intensely readable. I could not stop turning the pages. As long and leisurely as this book was and as rewarding the ending, I was a little sorry to finish it. At nearly 900 pages, it's a good narrative plunge for these anxious times.

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SherriWatts
Nov 08, 2019

Pauline

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linto94
Jun 08, 2018

Very good read - recommend.

JCLCatherineG Mar 03, 2015

This is one of the best and most intense books I've ever read.
Right from the start this book has you completely absorbed in the lives and history of these twin brothers. It's harsh, tragic, and very real. You'll remember this family long after you finish the book.

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Roxannigan
Aug 26, 2014

If you think cutting off your hand with a butcher knife and mental illness are entertaining, read on.

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Snowball64
Aug 25, 2014

Still an all-time favorite even though it has been years since I read it.

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emkenny78
Feb 06, 2014

My husband and I both enjoyed this.

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emkenny78
Feb 06, 2014

Another great Lamb book, I enjoyed it.

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emkenny78
Feb 06, 2014

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Housepainter Dominick has a far from average family. His grandfather seemed to take parenting tips from the SS and his grandmother was a possible teenage murderess. His stepfather is a latent sadist, and his brother Thomas is a politically motivated psychopath. Dominick continues the dysfunctional legacy with rape, a failed marriage, a nervous breakdown and a racist conspiracy against a co-worker.

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