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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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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    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 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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Pete and repeat

    Some of the repeating and long dialog got boring. The basic story is good, but sometimes too contrived. The message about problems of having a mentally ill family member are realistc and made me keep reading and feeling the pain of the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Ok

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Good But Too Long...

    Alot of this book could have been edited out and it would have been a better book. I got bored many times in the middle...

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    OK...readable but lacking realism

    The book pulls you in because the story is like a soap opera. Most of the characters have horrible childhoods and/or are being constantly bombarded with crisis after crisis. Yet I found this tolerable because of the bigger questions that Lamb is addressing: the point of our existence, faith & God, fate, etc. However, I was disappointed with the "answers" Dominick comes to find. I didn't care for the ending of the book at all...totally unrealistic and ridiculous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    Interesting

    This book is almost a shame; I lavished every word of the first 900 pages, and found it not only captivating, but intruiging and emotionally relatable, as well. The ending of this book, however, practically discredits the valid work of the first 900 or so pages. Lamb suddenly pulls in a soap-opera like ending, with ironic and unbelievable twists that make absolutely no sense. In fact, just thinking about this ending makes me mad, because i loved the book so much. It pretty much would have been a full success if he just cut out the last 30 pages or so. His editor should have argued that ending with him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2000

    I Know This Should Have Been Edited

    I liked this book to a point, but there were too many stories that were not that well woven. It was three or four hundred pages too long. I was married to a man that had two schizophenic brothers (he was the middle brother)and I know he was fearful of becoming like them. This could have been a better book, I won't bother to read it again. Which means it won't be shelved.

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