I Know This Much Is True By Wally Lamb

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Book Review: I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.

“Its not just a book it’s a life experience” These are the words of Oprah Winfrey as she heavily promoted Wally Lamb’s latest novel following his best seller; She’s Come Undone. Oprah, clearly an undeniable fan of Wally Lamb’s works trumpeted her review of She’s Come Undone to her audience in 1997. Now she has returned to promote ‘I Know This Much is True’ which no doubt will captivate her followers. Being a loyal Oprah fan myself, I have seen it my place to read and analyze ‘I know this much is true’ and see whether or not it lives up to its already outstanding reviews. Nothing could compare to what I would come across while following the depressing yet captivating life of Dominic and Thomas.

Set in 20th Century America, this novel follows the eventful life of narrator Dominic as he struggles with himself as well as being responsible for his schizophrenic twin brother Thomas. Dominic Birdsey’s entire life has been compromised and conflicted by anger, fear, his brother and his passed. Throughout his life, Lamb unflinchingly explores dysfunctional families, mental illness, forgiveness and domestic abuse. As well as this, Wally Lamb’s deeply moving story brings together some of humanities greatest fears, our fear of loneliness, our desire for love and acceptance and our struggle to survive at all costs. I bit daunted by the size of this 900 page novel, I was intrigued by the cover image of two fetus’s in the womb as…
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