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I Know This Much Is True

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

60 out of 65 people found this review helpful.

A True Page Turner

This novel touched me in so many ways. From the length of the novel (897 pages), I thought that it was going to be a dragged-out novel that was very slow paced and boring however, my assumptions were proven wrong. From the very first chapter of this extraordinary nov...
This novel touched me in so many ways. From the length of the novel (897 pages), I thought that it was going to be a dragged-out novel that was very slow paced and boring however, my assumptions were proven wrong. From the very first chapter of this extraordinary novel I was HOOKED! The rate at which shocking events happen is uncanning and sudden. Wally Lamb relates his characters to the audience both mentally and physically, while pertaining to the ethos and pathos of the readers. You grow with the main character (Dominick) as he expresses his past, his fears, his doubts and feel every emotion that he is feeling. This novel is overflowing with conflict, drama, uncertainty and resolutions that cause it to be a true tear-jerker. Being a twin myself I noticed that the talented Wally Lamb got every detail about twins down correctly: the differences, the similarities, the hate, the love, and the jealousy. Each time an new event occurred in the novel, it caused me to think of my brother (my other half) due to the gifted writing style of Mr. Lamb. I, without a doubt, would recommend this novel! It causes people to think about their past, their present and their future. Furthermore, it gives people insight to the steps one needs to take in life on multiple levels: for forgiveness for love for redemption and, of course, for peace.

posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Too Many Unnecessary Disturbing Plot Lines

Because this book is so widely popular, it feels odd writing a review that isn't overwhelmingly positive. Is it engaging, unique, and unpredictable? Absolutley. Realistic, inspiring/thought-provoking, and addicting? No quite. The plot lines are unbelievable, and a LOT o...
Because this book is so widely popular, it feels odd writing a review that isn't overwhelmingly positive. Is it engaging, unique, and unpredictable? Absolutley. Realistic, inspiring/thought-provoking, and addicting? No quite. The plot lines are unbelievable, and a LOT of them are very disturbing and unnecessary. Rape, murder, perversion, beastiality, broken families, abondonment, depression, suicide, and diseases (both chronic and sexually transmitted). This book would have been great if even just half of those were eliminated. I'm tired of reading stories that indulge the horrific things in life, and squeeze in as many scenarios as possible. This is the third book by Wally Lamb that I've read, and the last.

posted by JessWhite on April 25, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    BORING and SLOW

    As an avid book reader I found this book very slow moving, and boring. Didn't feel it lived up to the hype. Never finished it. Maybe I will give it a try at the shore. I got about 1/2 way through and moved on.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    This book was a big disappointment!  More of a pity party, with

    This book was a big disappointment!  More of a pity party, with too many unnecessary characters, too much dwelling on the past which had little to do with Thomas, like teenage sex, drugs, Dominick's ex he can't forget, and other escapes.  this is a very long book in which the reader keeps thinking " When are you going to get back to the real story of poor Thomas?  It could have been so much better... I finally had to keep skipping chapters to get to the meat of it!   Some authors just don't know  when to quit.  I would have edited this book by half!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Wow. Everyone's drinking the Kool-Aid on this one

    This book was tedious, slow & a real challenge to complete. It was almost as if it had no editor & the author threw in everything but the kitchen sink. I kept hoping & praying that I would find something redeeming in this novel but that never happened. It is just so apparent that not everyone likes the same kinds of books but the sheer number of folks that enjoyed this one is truly perplexing...people are either lemmings or I'm a complete idiot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Same thing over and over....

    I tried to read this book based on all the positive reviews, plus it was sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. I could not get through this book. I was bored with the same thing over and over again. I stopped half way through to read something else (BETTER!) and never went back. Zzzzz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2001

    Pat Conroy lite.

    I was truly disappointed with this book; which several people told me was 'great' when they saw me reading it at the airport, on the bus etc. I thought the first 150 pages or so were excellent and really enjoyed the premise, however, I never felt that I was reading the work of a good writer. I thought Mr. Lamb should have been more selective with his ideas instead of expanding the story arcs beyond my interest. It was a real challenge to get through it. I also did not like the abrupt ending and wrap-up. I know this much is true: what is all the fuss about?

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