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Anyone read Wally Lamb? (1 Viewer)

cryptika

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In a critique once, someone mentioned I might be interested in reading "She's Come Undone", and I loved it ! It even prompted some inspirational thinking for my novel, which is always a bonus! :p I need to check out his other works.

Just wondering if anyone else has read any Wally Lamb? If you have, what did you think?
 

epone

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'She's Come Undone' is a good book. His next book is 'I Know This Much Is True' which is a better story in my opinion - but you have to give it a long period of attention to begin with, just so you connect with the characters. Otherwise you could feel outside the story... involvement is a must with this one.
 

cryptika

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epone said:
'She's Come Undone' is a good book. His next book is 'I Know This Much Is True' which is a better story in my opinion - but you have to give it a long period of attention to begin with, just so you connect with the characters. Otherwise you could feel outside the story... involvement is a must with this one.

I've just begun reading "I Know This Much Is True", and you're absolutely right, you do need to give it a long period of attention... it's a lot slower... but I'm liking it so far :)

The only thing I've noticed is some of the age-old writer's rules have been broken by Lamb (!) ... you know, don't use cliches, don't say in ten words what you can say in two... :-o

It just really surprised me, because I thought "She's Come Undone" was really original and well-written, and across the backcover of IKTMIT everyone's labelling it "a masterpiece" and saying it's better than SCU and all... I don't know if he's thrown these cliches and things in deliberately.. to paint the narrator's character.. or what... but I sure noticed a lot of them... hmm
 

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