The Man Who Turned into Himself

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Based on the "many worlds" theory of quantum physics-which posits the existence of parallel universes-The Man Who Turned into Himself is a suspenseful, intellectually intriguing debut.

In the middle of an important meeting, businessman Rick Hamilton experiences a terrible premonition: His wife is about to die. Racing to save her, he finds her dying in the road, her car crushed by a truck. The light dwindles from her eyes...and then she is alive again, begging for help, and Rick ...

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Overview

Based on the "many worlds" theory of quantum physics-which posits the existence of parallel universes-The Man Who Turned into Himself is a suspenseful, intellectually intriguing debut.

In the middle of an important meeting, businessman Rick Hamilton experiences a terrible premonition: His wife is about to die. Racing to save her, he finds her dying in the road, her car crushed by a truck. The light dwindles from her eyes...and then she is alive again, begging for help, and Rick Hamilton no longer is himself, but another man with another life, a different history.

David Ambrose has written a twisting psychological thriller that addresses our deepest questions about reality, death, identity, and the mind.

Ambrose offers a superb, twisting, psychological thriller based on the "many worlds" theory of quantum physics--which posits the existence of parallel universes. Overcome by a premonition that his wife is dying, a man rushes home to find that it is true. And, as she nears death, the man is no longer himself, but another man with another life, a different history.

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Hypnotic quantum-physics debut, from screenwriter Ambrose, that draws the reader into fabulous parallel worlds a bit like those of Ghost and the post-trauma of Fearless. Well-to-do Connecticut publisher Rick Hamilton finds himself beset by strange feelings and at an important business meeting sketches pictures of his wife Anne in a horrible accident. He dashes out of the meeting but is too late to save Anne, who dies in her car while looking at him (their boy Charlie lives). Whammo, the force of this event lifts Rick into the body of real-estate man Richard Hamilton: his wife is still alive in the car and he's helping her out of it. But meanwhile Charlie has disappeared—in this parallel world there is no Charlie, despite Rick/Richard's cries for him. Richard to Rick is Rick, and when he confesses as much to Anne in bed, she has him committed, where his troubles multiply. For one thing, he's rather disgusted with Richard's pouchy, slouching body (Rick had worked out thrice weekly) and Richard's much slower mind. In fact, Rick has little control over Richard's body and occupies only a room in his mind quite divorced from Richard's sensory system. And Richard doesn't know Rick is there. The duo land under the care of blind psychotherapist Emma J. Todd, who takes "Richard" into hypnosis. Rick, however, still alert, speaks for Richard and persuades Emma that he, Rick, doesn't exist. Once let out of the hospital, Rick begins awakening Richard to his state as host of Rick by letting Richard know that the new Anne is unfaithful...and the switches go on until the last page. Great suspense, with wonderful visual problems for a movie. (First printing of 13,000; film rights to HBO)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312131197
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Series: Picador Fiction Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ambrose, an award-winning screenwriter, has worked internationally in theater, television, and film. He lives in France.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    It Had Me at Page One

    I picked up this book entirely on accident as I was browsing through my college book store. From the moment I read the first page, I was hooked. It's not a very long book, yet the story is surprisingly mind-blowing. The writing is neat and succinct. The characters are believable and well developed. I highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in the occult-like world of quantum physics, or if you'd like to read something short and sweet. Above all, this novel is about the love between a man and his wife. Quantum physics just puts a different spin on the classic model of a tragic love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    Unique view... exciting

    great way of bringing the idea of quantum physics and how it may affect our every day life, also questions what we consider to be mental illness.. anything is possible. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2001

    Fascinating, Challenging and Memorable

    It has been about a year since I read this book, and I continue to recommend it to other readers. The abstractions of quantum physics are not easily grasped, but Mr. Ambrose uses the basic theories to create an amazing 'what if' story. I felt for both versions of Rick/Richard and the mind-boggling confusion his 'pop' from one world to another creates. As I read, in the back of my mind, I heard David Byrne singing 'This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife...' The metaphysical implications of Rick's experience have given me food for thought ever since I began reading the book. Which world is 'real'? Is that even a valid question? I continue to loan my paperback copy to friends and I look forward to reading more work by the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2001

    a book worthy of reading

    Its been a while since i've read it, however i remember the story being complex and akward at some parts of the book, and feeling frustration for the main character. poor guy, never sure what was real. I think you can create your own explanation for what goes on in this story, David doesnt tell you what is real and what is not, i think...

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