I Know This Much Is True: A Novel

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I Know This Much Is True: A Novel

by Wally Lamb

Harpercollins Publishers | November 6, 2003 | Mass Market Paperbound

I Know This Much Is True: A Novel is rated 4.6154 out of 5 by 130.
The phenomenal #1 "New York Times" bestseller and Oprah''s Book Club( pick is now in mass market paperback. This spellbinding novel of responsibility and family, betrayal and redemption is an exquisitely written, profoundly human masterpiece.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 912 pages, 7 × 4.19 × 1.43 in

Published: November 6, 2003

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061097640

ISBN - 13: 9780061097645

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put This Down This novel is huge but definitely worth it.. Domenic & Thomas are identical twins, except one has schizophrenia. We are introduced to them as adults in 1990 and through flashbacks relive their childhood lives with them. So many issues are addressed in this novel. The family dynamic , sibling rivalry, mental illness, friendship, love, loyalty, the state of the medical system and so much more I cannot even describe. The characters are very interesting, bringing many sidelines to an already captivating story.This is extremely well written and will hold you hostage from the very first line. I was not too fond of the ending,those of you that have read it will know everything was tied up too perfectly , but that said I still give it 5 stars .It is still very good, If you are going to read one book this year make it this one.
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I absolutely loved this book. You will fall in love with the characters. I could not put this book down.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I picked up this book on a whim, and I was really glad that I did. The characters were so well-developed that you could feel whether you liked or hated them as you went along. I thought it was interesting considering that some people expect identical twins to be the same in all aspects of their lives, and yet in this book, they couldn't be more different. I love the way that the author told the story - so rich with detail. I have read this twice but would love to read it again.
Date published: 2010-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull After reading She's Come Undone I was Eager to read another book by Wally Lamb. I went out and bought I Know This Much Is True and The Hour I First Believed hoping that I'd have hours of entertaining reading ahead of me. In the end I found both books so dreadfully boring I just gave up reading them. The story line is interesting but the author doesn't know how to omit useless boring information.
Date published: 2010-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating, Poignant, Unforgettable... At first daunted by the sheer size of this book, I was intrigued by the comments of so many others. We'll I'm here to say it was as good and even better! Mr Lamb you have done it again. Grabs you from the very first sentence and doesn't let go until the last. A cast of characters that will remain with you forever and a rich tale with many layers very beautifully told. A must read for everyone.
Date published: 2009-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! I am just getting through this book and I can just not put it down! I fell in love with "She Comes Undone" and yet again I have fallen in love with "I Know This Much is True". The story is very touching and makes you become more aware of mental disabilities.
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Highly recommended! How anyone can say this book was 'too long' and they had to 'push themselves to read through it' is beyond me! Don't let this almost 900 pages scare you, this is truly a great book. I could not put it down! I would promise my 'only one more chapter' and then I would just have to read onto the next to find out what happened. This book had me from the first page to the last. It is a touching story that touches on so many subjects. Everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2009-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Way too long Like others, I kept pushing myself to keep reading even though the book was failing to capture my attention. I kept telling myself that it would pick up. If the author condensed that story into half the size, it could have been better. I didn't hate it, but it will never make my top 10 list. I'm just proud of myself that I actually finished it. I found the Domenico's memoirs much more interesting than the adventures of the "Birdseed" twins.
Date published: 2009-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth reading I bought this book ages ago, and put it on my pile of "obligatory reading". You know, the books you think you should read, but don't ever actually get around to. But when I started reading it, I found it impossible to put down. This book touched me in ways I never expected, and made me so much more aware of the challenges of mental illness, and the humanity of it as well. It is "obligatory reading", and I say that with great respect. Everyone needs to read this book, and understand the complexity of family, for good or bad.
Date published: 2008-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful This is my favorite book ever, hands down. There is an innate sensibility to this that seems so basic. The only part of the book that seems unplausible to me is the way his relationship with his wife turns out at the end of the book.
Date published: 2008-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! If you are reading the reviews trying to figure out if this book is for you, please do yourself a favor and read this fantastic story. Well worth it. It's is my favorite read so far this year and I can tell ya' already it will be an all time fav for me in the end... I will never forget this story.
Date published: 2008-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it, twice. I read this book years ago and loved it. I remember feeling a bit disappointed when I was finished the book because I could have kept reading it forever. The book kept me page turning well into the wee hours of the night. I just recently read the book again, and once again found myself reading well past bed time. Give this book a try, you will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2008-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a story...a Journey! I am an avid reader, I could read a book a day if time was a luxury I could afford. I have read thousands of books in my lifetime. This book was the most amazing of them all. Wally Lamb's ability to enthrall the reader was like no other - I did not put this book down until I finished it. (Well I used the facilities a couple of times, but you know what I mean) This book simply put is about a twin brother who is coping or trying to cope with the mental illness of his twin brother. He blames others around him, blames himself and resents everyone. At times he even questions his own sanity. All whilst playing the supreme protector of his brother. This is a fiction piece that resembles quite closely the relationship my father had with his twin who was/is mentally ill. (Except for the library sacrifice that takes place..thankfully that hasn't transpired in my Uncles life) It also helped explain many parts of my father to me. The insight to mental illness and the ripple effect was so real - it was frightening. Do not hesitate to purchase this book, you will not regret it.
Date published: 2008-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Wonderful and sooo unique!" I just LOVED this book! It was so different from any other book that I have read. It makes you rethink how you would be in a similar situation. I never wanted the book to end.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book This is an amazing book. The writing is wonderful, the characters seem so real you feel you know them and you get a real feel for the place and time. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this one If you're looking for a good story, this is it.
Date published: 2007-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! this is my all-time favourite book
Date published: 2007-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ends justifies the means Never have I read a book that has so completely redeemed itself in the end! I must admit that for the first hundred or so pages I was not convinced, but I kept reading due to Oprah's seal of approval. Lamb does a magnificent job of taking you inside the life of the main character, and once hooked I could not put the book down. The end of the book leaves you feeling breathless...
Date published: 2007-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful book It's not often that I read a book twice but This Much I Know is True is special. I first read it years ago and again recently. The main character is so real, so touching,you want to learn more about him, to meet him. This is a book very hard to put down. Complex, interesting characters. A truly beautiful book....
Date published: 2007-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds like Conroy Although this book was amazing, and nearly impossible to put down for 3 days, the parallels between this book and "The Prince of Tides," are more than striking. Mentally ill twin is hospitalized, while "well" twin seeks services of their psychiatric help. No matter, both are great books, that will make you think and then be glad that you don't have a twin. I wonder if Pat Conroy has read this book.
Date published: 2006-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow...simply stunning book. Couldn't put it down. This has to be hands down my all time favourite book. At the age of 16, reading is one of my favourite things to do, and although I am still young, I know this book will always keep me coming back for another read through. I loved the characters. You become so attached to them. I would recommend this book to anyone. 10 out of 10. I have read this book three times now and I think it's safe to say Wally Lamb definitely surpasses Dan Brown and Stephen King as my favourite author.
Date published: 2006-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written! Amazing book, long but sooo... worth it. The feeling it leaves you in the end is bittersweet but inspiring. You will fall in love with the characters. I recommend this book to anyone, it will stay with you forever in your thoughts.
Date published: 2006-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite novel of all time The writing style of this author grips you from the beginning and the story is fantastic. This novel really keeps you turning pages, all 900 of them. It does take a while to read but every minute is enjoyable.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Book Is Awesome! 900 pages and I didn't want it to end. It took me almost a month to read it, but I enjoyed every page!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book every written!! The bond between twins is remarkable. This book captures that bond and the importance of family. This is my favourite book by far!!
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is one of my favourite books. The story is so rich and well thought out. I loved it. I would recommand anyone to read this book.
Date published: 2006-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, memorable, emotional I am a fan of Wally Lamb because he is a very talented author. He is able to create such unique characters with such depth that I feel like I know all they're deep secrets. His words flow beautifully from page to page. His ideas are bizarre, unexpected, unique, and beautiful all at the same time. I always enjoy every page and I strongly recommend everyone to engage yourselves in this masterpiece.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow. Simply wow. This book I found a little daunting, given its 900 or so pages (but that is just me) and a little difficult to get into at first, but the story has so much meat.... At one point, I turned a page and found what was coming next, and I said, "Oh my God" out loud because of what Lamb did next. I finished the book and just had to sit for a while and think. A great, great novel - I can't wait to read another of his works.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart tugging tale about sibling love...MUST READ! Superbly written. One of those books you just can't put down..literally. I'd look up at the clock and it would be 5 in the morning and I'd have to be up at 7 with my son :-) I would recommend this book to anyone as well who would like insight into the world of mental health issues. You'll either hang on to this book forever to read over and over, or you'll pass it along to your best friend because you can't keep something this good to yourself!
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This novel was recommended to me 4 or 5 years ago, and I have probably read it have a dozen times since then. Its a fantastic book that travels across several generations to tell the story of Dominick, a truly flawed character but one that still fights (sometimes with himself) to do the right thing. Every time I read this story I get something new out of it.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One in a million I read this phenomenal book 6 years ago as I ventured out to travel the world on my own for the first time. Needless to say a lot has changed in my life since then but I still consider this to be one of the most powerful and intense books I have ever read. I am now reading it again. I highly recommend this to anyone. Whatever you expect from it, it isn't and whatever you've heard about it, it's that and more.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Book Ever! Great Read. If you have a chance READ THIS BOOK!!! you won't be able to put it down
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I have ever read I have to say this is by far the best book I have ever read. It grabs you from the first line. It really makes you think about life and how it affects people. If you ever have the chance to read this book please do so. I have read it 4 times now and it's still as great as the first time I read it.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Absorbing Even though it is quite lenghty I was captivated till the end and was sad when I was done.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ This is no doubt the best book ever written. When I first noticed the thickness of this book (over 800pgs), I was skeptical about reading it. Boy am I glad I did, the story line just kept you wanting more. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2006-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing page turner. This book is like an epic adventure!! It is so long, but every detail is worth it. I have never become so attached to characters in a novel... and their parents, and their doctors, and their grandparents, and their friends, teachers, coworkers, lovers, ex-lovers, ex-lovers' friends, etc,etc. There is so much detail and history. And it speaks out on just about every issue you could think of. I read the first 850 pages thinking 'This is great, but whats the point', and then in the last 2 chapters Lamb pulled it all together with a nice little ribbon. One of the most rewarding books I have ever read.
Date published: 2006-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entirely Captivating THIS BOOK IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF READING...IT PUSHES ALL THE RIGHT BUTTONS AND ZAPS YOU WITH HUMAN EMOTION. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. l LIKED IT MUCH MORE THAN SHE'S COME UNDONE ..
Date published: 2006-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! On a particularly quiet day at work, I picked up this book that someone else had brought with them. Over the course of only a few hours, I had already read somewhere around 200 pages and I just couldn't put the book down. Sadly, at the end of my shift I had to give the book back and go home. I was heartbroken. So of course I did the most logical thing; I stopped at the bookstore on the way home and bought the book. Once I started reading this book, I never put it down again. This book made me FEEL; at times it made my heart ache, and at others it was simply enlightening and enchanting. I have since made the mistake of lending out the book to someone I had to convince to read it, and of course the day after lending it out, this person called me to say with so much emotion Oh my God!!! What a book!!! I LOVED it!!! I have read many books before and many since, but nothing comes close to this.
Date published: 2006-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazed, sad when it ended because of the size, i took me a while to get started, but i finished the last few hundred pages very quickly. the reader becomes so attached the characters because there is so much development, and we know them so well. it was disappointing to finish because i didn't want to put it down
Date published: 2006-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I bought this book quite awhile back and it took me some time to get started because of its size. I thought I'd have to put in a lot of time, and miss reading other books, to finish it. Boy was I wrong. I couldn't put the book down. The story was fabulous, the writing was fantastic. It took me no time at all to reach the end. Even after finishing hundreds of pages of reading, I would gladly have continued had there been more. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ!!!!! This book takes you through the lives of many characters. The writer takes you on a journey of emotions and life lessons. This book is a great read and you will not walk away unaffected. It will help to see yourself in a new light. And just maybe you will learn the lessons that his character's learn.
Date published: 2005-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I have a degree in psychology, and I found this book to be the most accurate depiction of schizophrenia I have ever read. It was moving, it showed the angst and agony that not only the individual goes through but everyone else in that person's life. It gives readers in the same situation a chance to relate with someone else and know that the way they feel and the anger and frustration about having to look after somoene with such a psychopathology is normal. This was such a heart-wrenching and heart-warming story. Wally Lamb has done it again!
Date published: 2005-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it and Weep Absolutely my favorite book. I agree with another reviewer who says that they didn't want to read another book after this one because no other book will ever compare. It pulls at your heart strings. My wish is for the brilliant Wally Lamb to create more stories.
Date published: 2005-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally addictive I read this book in three days. Let's just say I didn't get much else done in these three days! What a great book. The characters are very likable. The hardships they feel become the readers' hardships as well. I think Wally Lamb is a great writer. He develops characters and plot lines, plus a little twist here and there. Great.
Date published: 2005-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from painfully beautiful One of the most moving and unforgettable books I've read. Read it.
Date published: 2005-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooooo good This book was difficult to read at times but once finished, it is difficult to pick up another book because no other book will be nearly as good as this one.
Date published: 2004-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Success By Wally Lamb When I unwrapped this book as a Christmas gift from my friend, the first thing I noticed was it's massive size! I had however, read the book She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb which is still to this day my absolute favourite book, and I knew that this one would be just as good. It definately lived up to my expectations! To sit through a man's trials and tribulations throughout his entire life really brings into perspective the emotional range of the male character. This book is full of love, hate and something in between. It has culture, sophistication and emotional growth written all over it. You’ll be grateful that it’s so long, because you won’t want it to end!
Date published: 2004-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I haven't read anything better I wish I could explain how much I love this book. Yes it's a long book but it has strongly developed characters and a story line that you are attached to. It has depth, something that a lot of books out there are missing. i read it once about 5 years ago and again last year. In my opinion, it is the best book out there!
Date published: 2004-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Long Time Coming I bought this book years ago when it was one of Oprah's Book Club selections, but I never had the time to start it, or the dedication to get past the first 10 pages. But recently I made the effort to take this book off the shelf and read it, and I need to say that I am extremely glad that I did. This book was amazing. It had strong characters, a strong storyline, and just when most books that are over 800 pages start to get boring, this one kept you coming back for more! It was a great read, and leaves lots of room for thoughts of how we treat others,how our family is a part of us that we can never separate, and how we perservere despite all the hurdles being thrown at us. Read this book if you have a chance!
Date published: 2004-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Although this book took awhile to read, I found that it captured your interest. Not only do you learn about the consequences of schizophrenia but you also feel that bond between twins. Just when the story might start to lose your interest, a new story gets thrown at you. Great main character, you truly feel his struggles and triumphs.
Date published: 2004-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed I was told the book didn't start off well, but to continue reading it and it will get better. I've read over 100 pages now and will be giving the book away. There isn't one character in this book that I find remotely interesting or charismatic.
Date published: 2004-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oops, he's done it again! Wally Lamb has definetly mastered the craft of writing. His ability to capture the reader to the point where you forget your surroundings, and get so totally caught up in the secrets, lies, pain, laughter, and joys of these characters is still so totally amazing to me. I got turned on to this book by watching Oprah when she announced the release of his book and had Wally Lamb on the show. From start to finish, he had me hook, line, and sinker!
Date published: 2003-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I work in a library, and love to read. I read She's Come Undone and enjoyed it, so when co-workers suggested I read I know This Much is True, I ran out and bought the book without even knowing what it was about. I have to say it was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is a book which can be emotionally draining but in the end it is worth it all. You discover the characters as Dominick discovers himself and his family. If you haven't read Wally Lamb take a risk and buy it, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2002-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read! Lamb truly proves his everlasting knowledge of the human spirit in this touching, heart felt novel. At times I found myself giving up on Lamb's sophmore effort yet something kept drawing me back. Lamb's ability to create characters in which the reader truly wants - and almost needs - to find out what happens next is amazing. It was definitely worth the read and worth sticking to!
Date published: 2002-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from At a loss for words A story that will leave you speechless...
Date published: 2002-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lamb does it again! Thanks Wally! I absolutely loved this book! After She's Come Undone I didn't think the author would be able to top that masterpiece but Wally Lamb proved me wrong. It is one of those books that you want to savour long after you're done. I'm an avid reader, sometimes reading 5 or 6 books in a week. When I finished this one I didn't want to pick up another book for a while so I could savour I know This Much Is True. Brilliant!
Date published: 2002-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much is True I found this an excellent book. I had read his previous one, She's Come Undone, and it left me wanting more. This book was a wonderful tale of a family and it's secrets........and joys. Some readers have not liked the ending. I did, and felt it made perfect sense. I think the writer's style allows us to breeze through this almost 900 page book, with little effort. It is one of the longest books I have ever read, yet it didn't take me very long to finish it. I kept craving more, and was wishing it wasn't done, when I came to the last page. I hope the author has another one out soon. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to read a good book............
Date published: 2002-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's too bad, really... Wow..i really enjoyed this book...until the end. Lamb takes all the time (and pages) in the world to spin out a tale that had me hooked from page one. But the ending (don't worry i won't give it away) was written as though Danielle Steele snuck up behind him him with a gun pointed to his head....he QUICKLY wraps it all up with a pretty bow and gives it a hallmark ending. I wouldn't have minded another 200 pgs, so long as it's an appropriate denouement.
Date published: 2001-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny its a must read. to go into any detail on the book would ruin it for anyone planning on reading it. Wally Lamb is gifted.
Date published: 2001-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Couldn't put it down, loved the book within the book. You really see the effects of one sibling being schizophrenic on the other. Great characters.Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2001-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic He's done it again. Another gem. I couldn't put this book down. It is not only interesting, but very easy to read. It is also easy to put down and pick up again and become familiar right away as if you hadn't left at all. I am sorry it had to come to an end. Can't wait for his next one.
Date published: 2001-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A disappointment held up to high expectations I decided to go easy on this book. I had extremely high expectations. I had read She's Come Undone and I thought that it was one of the best books I'd ever read. I guess that's why I expected so much more from this book than it was. I found I was very bored. I thought it would get better after the first 100 pages or so but it just kept getting worse. If Wally Lamb's next book is this bad, I might just suspect he was really lucky with She's Come Undone and that it was a fluke that isn't going to happen again.
Date published: 2001-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!!! I first read Wally Lamb's book "She's Come Undone" and thought that he couldn't possibly write anything better....well I was wrong!! "I Know This Much is True" is definitely one of the best books I've ever read. A touching story you'll find hard to forget!
Date published: 2000-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book Wally Lamb is now my favorite author. Specifically, I loved 'I Know This Much Is True'. I absolutely could not put this book down. I love large, long books that take a good amount of time to read. I loved the characters so much I didn't want the story to end!! I would definetly recommend this wonderful novel.
Date published: 2000-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent I loved this book. I liked the characters and I couldnt wait to find out what would happen to them next. I couldnt put the book down. Great story.
Date published: 2000-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touches the Heart!! I laughed and cried, and laughed and cried some more. This was a truly wonderful book. You will remember it long after you have read the last page.
Date published: 2000-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a discover I picked this book up at first with the thought I'd give It a try. I've never before been so cought up in a charactor that I actually felt I may know. Whom I want to give advice or call. I've never wanted other pepole to read a book so badly before. Wally lamb has an amazing gift, With that I cant wait to read Shes Come Undone.
Date published: 2000-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I know this much is true: This is worth reading. "I know this much is true" by Wally Lamb is a touching story of two brothers who are very different, yet unmistakingly similar, including in appearance. Lamb tugs at your heartstrings and makes you laugh empathetically all in the same chapter. With constant new revelations, this book is one that is hard to put down.
Date published: 2000-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I know this much is true! This is a fabulous book that shows the true nature of family relationships and personal devlopment. This is a book that is well worth the time it takes to read it. The first book in quite some time that the pages just wouldn't quit turning!
Date published: 2000-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Self-discovery in Print! I have never had a fictional book speak to me so much. I wasn't sure which character to feel for the most. Not to mention, if you have ever looked for answers about how to become a better person (single, married, only child or twin) this book opens your mind to an endless stream of self-discovering thoughts. Wally Lamb has done an amazing job at connecting every possible human nature and leads them into a compromise of human goodness. We all have obstacles and we all have goodness, Wally has brought us all together to see that we are not that different in our common goals. Good job Mr.Lamb!
Date published: 2000-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twins can be different and similar all together I thought that Wally Lamb's book was superb. Although the book is centered around Thomas' illness, Lamb continues to develop Dominick's character from an interesting perspective. Lamb is able to write an excellent account of what it could be like to live the life of a schizophrenic individual without having actually come into contact with the illness. It is also quite evident that Mr. Lamb has done accurate and incredible research on the topic of schizophrenia. Whether or not the author has had a personal account with this mental disorder, it is quite evident that he is able to come to terms with such a gripping situation
Date published: 2000-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I really loved this book, I'm a huge fan of Wally Lamb. The story in parts wasn't exactly a 'page turner' but it always left you wanting more. I'm usually not a sap for happy endings but after all the suffering the main character had to go through it was time for everything to end on a happier note. Papa's story began to drag a bit but in the end it served it's purpose. I would recommend this book to anyone
Date published: 2000-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost Dali.... This book was written by a man who in my opinion, is almost as amazing of artist as Dali.... but not quite. In this book you can relate to every person within it, and that is what I loved about it.
Date published: 2000-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Is it just me? I have mixed feelings about this book. I felt that the over-all story itself was interesting enough to hold me, but I didn't really find Papa's story very facinating. Sure, it taught Dominick his life lesson, but this could have been done in fewer pages! I also thought that things like the "rabbit trick" were a little too weird, and certainly did not add anything to the book. I really didn't like how it wrapped up so perfectly, and from some of the other reviews, I can see that I'm not the only one. Some of the coincidences were just too sappy for me. I cried at the end of this book, maybe because of the rich message that Wally Lamb presented. It is a good message that made me think, and I would recommend this book to others, even though 900 pages is a lot.
Date published: 2000-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down This is probably the only book that I've ever stumbled through. The author throws so much information at you that putting this book down is almost impossible. I read this book in 4 days and once it was done, I felt a huge weight lifted off of my shoulder and then this sudden urge to call someone from my past. I loved the way he tied up all the characters and the last line "and I know this much is true" was the best ending I've read in a while. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2000-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I ever Read The last paragraph of this beautiful book haunts me still. This novel and "Gap Creek" are the best books I have ever read in my life, and I have read a pile of books!
Date published: 2000-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Know This Much is Way Too Much Like the couple of other Oprah picks I have read, this book was predictable, simplistic, and mawkish. The characters were caricatures and the plot was unbelievable. There were so many coincidences and characters popping up from the past, it was like a Dickens novel, except without the beautiful language and humour. The writing might have been tightened substantially if the book had been half as long. For instance, it was established pretty early on that Ray was a brute. Many, many chapters later we were still exploring that theme. Then in the last few chapters, he's suddenly planting tulips on family graves. Whaat? The obvious and interminable Psych 101 analyzing of the protagonist was very tedious. This book is like too much mind candy and ultimately leaves one feeling overstuffed and queasy.
Date published: 2000-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent read I thoroughly enjoyed this Oprah pick and would recommend it to all. Easily the best of the 10 or so Oprah books I have read.
Date published: 2000-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Psych"-adelic although i think this may be the longest book i have ever read, i found it to be wonderful. i am currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse and found this book to be interesting and clear. I felt that it protrayed the experience of a family experiencing mental illness quite well. Overall, this book really kept my attention and was very well written. I surely recommend it.
Date published: 2000-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I know this much is true I was inspired to read this book after seeing the author,Wally Lamb on the Barbara Whalin show on CBC. This was a very honest,humble man. After reading the book I could understand why he was the way he was. The book did not disapoint me. Instead it opened up a very painful area in my own life, but also showed me a release from unforgivness. Would highly recomend this book.
Date published: 2000-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much Is True Excellent. Without a doubt, the best book I've read in a long, long time. I just couldn't put this book down. I'm recommending it to everyone I know.
Date published: 2000-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good This was a good read - couldn't put it down myself. I can't believe it's the same author that wrote "she's come undone" - he really improved!! As usual, he can't leave well enough alone at the end...always has to bring the characters back in somehow for no apparent reason. But I was truly captivated in the 1st 900 pgs. Felt for all the characters. Would recommend this book for all.
Date published: 2000-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book One of the best book so far. I finished it 3 weeks ago, and I'm still thinking about it. For those of you that didn't finish it, I feel sorry that you missed out.
Date published: 2000-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable This book kept me up nights. I loved everything about it and I was truly saddened when I finished it. Wally Lamb is a phenomenal writer. I would recommend this book to anyone with half a brain and a wholesome heart. Absolutely beautiful
Date published: 2000-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow This is one of the best books I've ever read. All three storylines blend together beautifully, and the main character's emotions and actions ring so true, given his situation and circumstances. I've read it twice, and I'm sure I'll go back to it again.
Date published: 2000-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not long enough! Those who have difficulty with this book because of it's length are obviously unqualified to give an accurate review. In my opinion, the length was perfect! Every part had it's purpose. All in all, it is beautifully written!
Date published: 2000-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT I have not read a novel in quite some time but this one, once started, I could not put it down. I highly recommend reading this one.
Date published: 2000-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Engrossing I have read both of Wally Lamb's books, "She's come undone" and "I know this much is true" and found them both to be the most captivating fiction writing I have come across in a long time. Wally Lamb get's you right involved with the characters, so much so that I found it hard to put the book down. I truly consider him to be an exceptional writer and I can't wait until his next book is released!!
Date published: 2000-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I know this much is true I enjoyed She's Come Undone by Lamb, however, I just couldn't get through this one, boredom mostly, didn't make it past 200 pages of the book. Perhaps I didn't read far enough?
Date published: 2000-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life-changing Never have I been so completely affected by any work. It took me days to recover after I finished it. Domenic's struggle to understand his own life mirrored me in ways I never wanted to admit. Required reading for anyone who wants a little insight into themselves.
Date published: 2000-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I know this much is true..... I know this much is true- the characters will stay with me forever. This story was even more captivating than his first- a hard feat to accomplish. I can't wait until Wally Lamb writes his next book.
Date published: 1999-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, This book is horrendous! This book is dually the worst written, as well as the worst edited book I have ever had the misfortune of reading. Creatively speaking, Mr. Lamb is quite indebted to Pat Conroy's "Prince of Tides" as he lifts the plot from him. A grand under-estimation of the audience's intelligence, Mr. Lamb repeats details over and over again, in case you missed them the first time around. The biggest disappointment in 90's literacy.
Date published: 1999-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed I find this book very hard to finish. I can't seem to get past page 300. I find the characters very weak and the plot confusing as it jumps back and forth into past, present,and future stories. I read about 2-3 books a month and I am considering giving up on this one. Perhaps it is just me because I seem to be the only one giving it a poor review, or maybe it's just that most people gave up on reading it and didn't waste time giving it a review.
Date published: 1999-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful!! This is one the the BEST books I have ever read. I never got bored or tired of it, and even after some 900 pages, the storyline was so enticing, I wished it would never end!
Date published: 1999-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly Gut Wrenching I don't think I've ever read a book that's haunted me so much. It took so much out of me emotionally, it was difficult to read. I was emotionally exhausted after reading this, that's why I loved it so much.
Date published: 1999-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much Is True This book was so well written that I basically read fom cover to cover. Wally Lamb sure knows how to draw you into to the book. There is nothing more to say than the book was shear brilliant.
Date published: 1999-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than I Expected When I started out with this book I couldn't decide if it was going to hold my interest. I'm very glad I stayed with it. Very enjoyable and worth the read. The further you get into it the more you understand the main character and appreciate where he is coming from.
Date published: 1999-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much Is True I can say with absolute certainty that this book is on my Top 10 Best Read Lists! It has been a long time since I have cried when I finished a novel! It was powerful, insightful and it reinforced my belief in redemption and forgiveness!
Date published: 1999-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this much I know is true Wally Lambs outstanding journey of twins Dominick and Thomas, has left me unable to put this book down...Denial in its truest form as portrayed through Dominick's character and Wallys colorful walk through the sixties and seventies have made this book very easy to relate to.. The story of two brothers and their undeniable need for each other , combined with a not so typical disfunctinal family,but disfunctional anyway , has made me feel the book has been written from the heart....
Date published: 1999-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazed and Intrigued I read a quote the other day that said the best books are the ones that make you feel as if you've lost a friend when you turn the last page. For no other book could this be more true. I would have loved this book if it had continued for another 900 pages. It was, simply put, the best damn thing I have ever read in my entire life. Read it, you'll see...
Date published: 1999-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best Books I Have Ever Read This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. If you enjoyed A Prayer For Owen Meany you will love I Know This Much Is True. It is one of the few books I have read that I did not want to end. The characters are profoundly written and will permanently become part of your life. You must read this book!
Date published: 1999-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great book! I felt that this book gave people not only a look at what it is like to be twins, but also what it is like to be the twin brother of a mentaly ill person. The book showed us how to live with people who are not as normal as us, and how to accept them. I thought that this was a well written book, and I highly recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 1999-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hope Hollywood doesn't get a hold of this one! In a word, amazing! The language of the book celebrates life. Wally Lamb is a gifted empathic who is able to depict characters with such depth and realism that by the end of the book, you miss them. This novel took me up and down many emotional peaks and valleys, a stand alone beautiful story with written in a unique style. I imagine it won't be long before the story is sold to the motion pictures so read it before they butcher it. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 1999-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I ever read This book is exceptional... I liked it so much... It is very thick but the story will sweep your feet of the floor... It's like a warm wave that takes you in the ocean... The book is very easy to read and many lessons of life are writing...
Date published: 1999-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read Quite possibly one of the best books I have ever read! Even though it was 900 pages, I didn't want it to be over. I could have continued to read for another 900 pages. One minor fault was that it was a bit of a "fairy tale ending", however given that the rest of the book was so fabulous this is easily overlooked. An excellent read. If you liked this, try She's Come Undone, also very good.
Date published: 1999-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Know This Much is Great From start to finish I was totally engrossed and couldn't wait to get home from work to finsih reading. I highly recommend this book. It is my second Wally Lamb book and find him and excellent writer and writes from a perspective that anyone can relate to.
Date published: 1999-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much is True - by Wally Lamb This book is a rare piece of beatifully flowing writing that swallows you up whole -- I couldn't wait to find time to return to this story. A "miss your subway stop", "read while you walk" book. I bumped into a neighbour while reading on the way home (almost literally) and we were both surprised to find that we were reading the same book! And we're both in agreement - it's a book that you just can't put down. I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE is an experience you don't want to miss.
Date published: 1999-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I know this much is true! I was amazed on how well this story was written. Through the 900 pages I couldn't stop reading! Truly amazed, and now hoping their will be more from Wally Lamb. He is a sensational writer!
Date published: 1999-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A REAL page-turner This is perhaps THE best book I have ever read....I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to read something of substance...something with heart.
Date published: 1999-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Put this one on your must-read list.Many the morning I woke up too tired to explain to people that I wasn't sick or hung over but that I'd been up half the night reading. Lamb pulls you up on his stage to be an emotionally involved yet invisible participant of his latest novel. Incredibly impressive. Bravo!
Date published: 1999-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I know this much is true This is the most phenomonal piece of fiction literature I have read! My highest praises to Wally Lamb who made me stop and think about everything that is important. I was overwhelmed and overjoyed all at the same time! Thank you for adding something special to my life.
Date published: 1999-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing The beginning was difficult to read, but was glad that I did not give up. I was engrossed throughout the main storyline & the journey into the past. The old Sicilian male mentality, their dialect , their use & belief in the evil eye was so authentic, it had me wondering if Wally Lamb's not part Sicilian. I was completely engrossed in this book, as I was in his first-SHE'S COME UNDONE. He is truly a great writer. and will look forward to anything he writes.
Date published: 1999-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY AWESOME I found this novel remarkable. Once I started to reading it I could not put it down. I was really surprised by the ending, but happy for Dominick to finally get the answers to so many questions about his past, and to have a great future to look forward too. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone.
Date published: 1999-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from completely amazing!! It did take me a while to get into the book, but once I did I could not put it down. Wally Lamb takes you on a journey that you will not soon forget.
Date published: 1999-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! This was one of the most amazing books I have ever read about mental illness and twins. It's so true.
Date published: 1999-07-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Know This Much Is True I began to read this book and found most of it enjoyable until page 650 when I could not wait any longer for the book to become interesting. I never finished it, but found Lamb's other book to be better.
Date published: 1999-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Telling I really got a great feel of all the characters. Even with so much character development, you keep turning to the next page. A very important quality in a good read.
Date published: 1999-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Wally Lamb knows what a reader wants. This novel is alluring, twisty, mature and insightful. Dominick is reminder of our strong face we put on for the world outside but the fragile person we can be inside. Never a dull moment, especially the "trip" to Italy! If you liked this, you'll like "She's Come Undone"
Date published: 1999-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbing I had to put this book down many times, as I found it very disturbing. It's been over a week since I finished it,and I am still not sure if I loved it or hated it. It takes you in deeply, moved me to tears, made me laugh out loud, kept me awake at night, I read passages aloud to my boyfriend, encouraged him to read it as well. I must have loved it, but I'm still not sure.
Date published: 1999-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful read! When I bought the book for my mom's birthday last July, I thought I would never pick up the book and read it. After I had finished reading the book, I felt as if I had known the main character all my life. It truely is a wonderful read! And it makes us realize something about us as well.
Date published: 1999-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Powerful Novel It's been so long since I have read a novel that I couldn't put down. The character development is EXCELLENT. I LOVED this book. It's very inspiring and I highly recommend it. It teaches a valuable lesson in forgiving and moving on with your life. It was a step up for Lamb from She's Come Undone. Much more mature and moving.
Date published: 1999-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No. 1 This is quite possibly the best book I've ever read. I found it to be the most memorable book and have recommended it to everyone I have met. I totally loved this book.
Date published: 1999-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it, and Read it Again Wally Lambs "I know this much is true" is an unexpected peice of literary mastery. The moments of fear, tragedy, joy and love are so deep and encompassing that you, the reader, will feel as if you are in "Domenico's" (main character) soul. Wally Lambs book is an applauded success by the New York Times, and by Oprah's selection. More importantly this book will become an applauded success by you.
Date published: 1999-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Transcripts I really liked this one. The level Lamb has moved to from She's Come Undone is great. The sincerity in his writing is very refreshing. I loved his grandfather's transcripts and the humour throughout. Can't wait for the next one Wally!!
Date published: 1999-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep and Intriguing I absolutely loved this book. Never heard of the author because I've been up to my neck in University so this was a retreat for me....The message of forgiveness and learning to love oneself despite our imperfections....very powerful
Date published: 1999-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Know This is Too True... Lamb is still basking in the Oprah light and besides a hernia this book offered little else besides a predictable, simplistic ending.(Of course it came 600 pages too late)I think even Wally got tired and just tied the whole thing up in a Hallmark moment and headed off to the Insta-bank. Highly overrated.
Date published: 1999-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much Is True This book changed my life. For the first time I felt that I understood something more about life than I ever had before. It was compelling. The only time I put it down was when it was too painful to continue reading. But within minutes I picked it up again because I had to find out how these problems were resolved. It moved me more than almost any other book has. I continue to be amazed by it every time I tell someone else about, every time I even think about it. I must read it again, slowly, to absorb even more of it.
Date published: 1999-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much is True Dominick Birdsey finds himself trapped in a life he's never wanted: the girlfriend he's never loved, the ex-wife he could never forget, the daughter he could never grieve for, the mother he could never forgive, a journal from the past he could never bring himself to read, and a twin brother suffering from a disease he could never understand. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough. If you loved Lamb's first novel, you haven't seen anything yet!
Date published: 1999-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much Is True I enjoyed this book immensely due to its powerful story-line. It's a story about two brothers who are twins. One suffers from schizophrenia, the other, Dominick, tries his best to relate to him while dealing with his own problems. Once you get through the first few chapters this book is difficult to put down. Dominick is desperate to find out who his natural father is while having grown up with an abusive stepfather. The character development in the novel allows you to know them intimately. If customers like She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb, I think they would enjoy this book also.
Date published: 1999-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Know This Much is True This great novel was highly recommended to me by one of my leads in a town hall meeting and once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Despite its considerable weight, I still managed to take it on my plane trips. The novel weaves together several interesting stories, but the most absorbing is the relationship between the protagonist and his unbalanced twin brother. Their complex interplay, difficult-to-love father, forgiving mother and numerous other multi-dimensional characters will keep you intrigued from cover to cover. Deserves to be a bestseller.
Date published: 1998-12-09

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I Know This Much Is True: A Novel

by Wally Lamb

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 912 pages, 7 × 4.19 × 1.43 in

Published: November 6, 2003

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061097640

ISBN - 13: 9780061097645

From the Publisher

The phenomenal #1 "New York Times" bestseller and Oprah''s Book Club( pick is now in mass market paperback. This spellbinding novel of responsibility and family, betrayal and redemption is an exquisitely written, profoundly human masterpiece.

About the Author

Wally Lamb's first two novels, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both number one New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah's Book Club. He was the editor of Couldn't Keep It to Myself and I'll Fly Away, volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut. His third novel, The Hour I First Believed, will be published by HarperCollins in November 2008. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

Editorial Reviews

"Twice as thoughtful and twice as heart-wrenching as most published this year. An exercise in soul-baring storytelling--with the soul belonging to 20th-century America itself. It's hard to read and to stop reading, and impossible to forget." (USA Today)
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