julieb43, October 26, 2012 (view all comments by julieb43)
I found the novel to be well-written with engaging characters, but overall too bloated at 900 pages. There are too many cliches, too many coincidences that rendered the book unsatisfactory in the end. I would have eliminated most of the memoir section, which recounted the siblings' grandfather's story from the 'old country.' It went on and on and wasn't that necessary to the overall plot.
I predicted several of the characters' outcomes in advance of the ending, hoping that they would not come true as they were so cliched--but they did.
Lamb seems to have thrown everything into this plot mix--identical twins; mental illness; SIDS; divorce; HIV; suicide; psychiatric institutions; therapy; abusive parents; identity crises; aboriginal rights; on and on, making this very melodramatic.
I credit Lamb for exploring mental illness's effects on a family, especially a sibling; I just wish he or his editor could have tightened up the story.
liquid_gaze, October 23, 2009 (view all comments by liquid_gaze)
This book was indescribable. During my first read through I was in high school, and didn't absorb everything, but reading it again is so awe-inspiring. This is a very moving book that will make you hurt, smile, and think, again and again. I love this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a truly epic read.
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neicybee, January 21, 2009 (view all comments by neicybee)
Aaahh...the creme de la creme! I LOVE this book! I finished reading its' almost 900 pages continuously one weekend and I have never stopped buying a copy of it every time I see it to pass on to friends, relatives, or random folks that ask me if I've read any good books lately! I want everyone to read it! Sad, frustrating, funny and sweet with an ending that is worthy of the story. Truely an engrossing read worth every page!
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elainepink7, December 1, 2007 (view all comments by elainepink7)
I loved this book. It shows beautifully how a man comes to peace with his past and his family. It'll speak to any who have ever had a troubled sibling or have been that sibling themself!
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by Harper Collins,
With his stunning debut novel, She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman's painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with I Know This Much Is True, a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal--this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. Change yourself, the myth instructs, and you will inhabit a renovated world.
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