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Published December 21st 2013
A Story of Love, Longing for Acceptance and Freedom
For some of us reading is a luxury that we can't afford. Between work, family and socialising; seven days a week does not seem to suffice, hence we opt to read novelette, magazines or newspapers. They don't consume a lot of time, keeps us updated and quench our thirst for knowledge.
Therefore, when I was given this book by a friend, I was quite taken aback by its volume. I could not fathom on how or when will I be able to get to the end. But lo and behold, once I've started reading, I was absolutely glued and tranced right from the first page till the very last page of this creation.
So here it is, a book containing 900 pages of surprises, enthralling from the beginning till the end. Every chapter is an enchantment, a lesson to be learn. It had captured my inquisitive mind and imagination.
This book tells the story of Dominick Birdsey, the sane twin brother of Thomas Birdsey who suffers from schizophrenia. Born out of wedlock from a mother who utterly devotes her time and love to Thomas; and a Father that he's never known.
He is bounded by deep love, feelings of anger, resentment and fear. All through his life he struggles to free his way into what seems like a harsh world, longing for acceptance and love in a family dominated by a stepfather, Ray, who takes delight in inflicting regular verbal and physical abuse on his mother and especially to his twin brother, Thomas.
Dominick's journey started from a blue-collar town in New England to the foothills of Sicily's Mt Etna where his vengeful grandfather Domenico was born.
Before Dominick's mother passed away, she gave him his grandfather's hand written memoir. Is it a gift or a curse? The pages contain confessions and a legacy of contrition.
This fiction is written by Wally Lamb. A masterpiece, a book that will immerse you in deep thoughts. Every page will mesmerise you. Every chapter has so many twists and turns that will leave you aghast, and sometimes frustrated that you have to put it down to attend to other matters.
This 900 page book is worth every minute of your time, an excellent work of art written by a master.
Although classified as fiction, there has been a lot of research into psychiatric twin personality development.
There is a part in the book where his grandfather's wife gave birth to twins: a stillborn baby boy and a baby girl who was born with red hair and a harelip, whom he callously refers to as "Rabbitface"
He adamantly concluded that the girl was conceived from his wife's infidelity, and the deceased boy was his son.
I asked myself how could that be possible? Twins born from two different fathers. Upon reading an article about identical twins, I found out that there might be truth to this fiction.
It described a situation where the eggs are fertilized by sperm from separate incidences of sexual intercourse. In a case where a woman has sex with different partners, the twins could have different fathers. The appropriate term to describe this situation is heteropaternal superfecundation. * Information fro multiples.about.com/od/funfacts/a/Heteropaternal.htm
Fact is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction.
I urge you to read this book and I guarantee that you will feel that you had been transported into Dominick's life, felt his pain, agony and in the end the joy of his triumph.