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(La Puissance des vaincus.pdf) This much is true for sure Lamb s second novel after the bestselling Oprah selected She s Come Undone is a hefty read Some may be daunted by its length its seemingly obsessive inclusion of background details and its many digressions The topics it unflinchingly explores mental illness dysfunctional families domestic abuse are rendered with unsparing candor But thanks to well sustained dramatic tension funky gallows humor and some shocking surprises this sinuous story of one family s dark secrets and recurring patterns of behavior largely succeeds in its ambitious reach The narrative explores the theme of sibling responsibility depicting the moral and emotional conundrum of an identical twin whose love for his afflicted brother is mixed with resentment bitterness and guilt Narrator Dominick Birdsey once a high school history teacher and now at a housepainter in upstate Connecticut relates the process that led to his twin Thomas s schizophrenic paranoia and the resulting chaos in both their lives The book opens with a horrific scene in which Thomas slices off his right hand declaring it a sacrifice demanded by God Flashbacks illuminate the boys difficult childhoods illegitimate they never knew their father diffident gentle Thomas was verbally and physically abused by their bullying stepfather who also terrorized their ineffectual mother Scenes from the pivotal summer of when Dominick betrayed Thomas and others in crucial ways are juxtaposed with his current life his frustrating relationship with his scatterbrained live in Joy his enduring love for his ex wife Dessa his memories of their baby s death and of his mother s sad and terrified existence All of this unfolds against his urgent need to release Thomas from a mental institution and the psychiatric sessions that finally force Dominick to acknowledge his own self destructive impulses Lamb takes major risks in spreading his narrative over more than pages Long stretches are filled with the raunchy foul mouthed humor of teenaged Dominick and his friends Yet the details of working class life particularly the prevalence of self righteous male machismo and domestic brutality ring absolutely true Though the inclusion of a diary written by the twins Sicilian immigrant grandfather may seem an unnecessary digression at first its revelations add depth and texture to the narrative Lastly what seems a minor subplot turns out to hold the key to many secrets In tracing Dominick s helplessness against the abuse of power on many levels Lamb creates a nuanced picture of a flawed but decent man And the questions that suspensefully permeate the novel the identity of the twins father the mystery of the inscription on their grandfather s tomb the likelihood of Dominick s reconciliation with his ex wife contribute to a fully developed and triumphantly resolved exploration of one man s suffering and redemption Publishers WeeklyDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming La Puissance des vaincus books for multiple devices.