Throwback Thursday

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Throwback Thursday – this is an event hosted by me! It used to take place weekly, but is now once a month on this blog. It is the time to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog! Also feel free to do this on as many Thursdays as you like. =)

This week's throwback is:
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
Original Publish Date: 1998

What if you were a 40-year-old housepainter, horrifically abused, emotionally unavailable, and your identical twin was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed in public self-mutilation? You'd either be a guest on the Jerry Springer Show or Dominick Birdsey, the antihero, narrator, and bad-juju magnet of I Know This Much Is True. Somewhere in the recesses of this hefty 912-page tome lurks an honest, moving account of one man's search, denial, and acceptance of self. This is no easy feat considering his grandfather seemed to take parenting tips from the SS and his grandmother was a possible teenage murderess, his stepfather a latent sadist, and his brother, Thomas, a politically motivated psychopath. Not one to break with tradition, Dominick continues the dysfunctional legacy with rape, a failed marriage, a nervous breakdown, SIDS, a car crash, and a racist conspiracy against a coworker--just to name a few.

A stretch, both literally and figuratively from his Oprah-christened bestseller, She's Come Undone, Lamb's book ventures outside the confines of the tightly bound beach read and marathons through a detailed, neatly cataloged account of every familial travesty and personal failure one can endure. At its heart lies Freud's "return of the repressed": the more we try to deny who we are, the more we become what we fear. Lamb takes Freud's psychological abstraction to the realm of everyday living, packing his novel with tender, believable dialogue and thoughtful observation. --Rebekah Warren --

How good does this sound? If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend it! Now, I have read 3 books by Wally Lamb including this one, and this is so far the only one I've really liked -- but I loved this one! It's about twins; one suffers from Schizophrenia and the other finds himself in the situation of always having to take care of his twin. The opening paragraph will draw you in immediately by the situation you first come across. This is a long book but I remember it going fast. Definite must-read!


hip chick said...

I read it years ago and I loved, loved, loved it. I also read She's Come Undone and I loved that one also. I have not read the newer one but must get to it.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I loved that book! And the others he has written, like She's Come Undone.

The Hour I First Believed was another awesome tale, but somewhat long and a bit tedious at times.

For one of my old favorites check

Zibilee said...

Oh, I loved this book! Wally Lamb's books are so good that I have read each one twice! Have you read his other book, She's Come Undone? It was really very good and I definitely recommend it!!

Post a Comment