The Man Who Turned Into Himself
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The Man Who Turned Into Himself

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  507 ratings  ·  111 reviews
In the middle of an important meeting, businessman Rick Hamilton has a terrible premonition: His wife is about to die. Racing to save her, he finds her lifeless body in the road, her car crushed by a truck. The light dwindles from his eyes... and then she is alive again, begging for help, and Rick Hamilton no longer is himself, but another man with another life, and a diff...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 15th 1995 by Picador (first published 1993)
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El
The Man Who Turned Into Himself turns quantum physics into an accessible medium (ie, fiction) like Sophie's World does for philosophy.

In other words... GAG.

I learned about the same amount of quantum physics by reading this book as I did by watching Quantum Leap, except with this book I didn't even get the delightful banter between Sam Bakula and Dean Stockwell. Instead I had Rick Hamilton who is confronted by a horrible experience and essentially "leaps" into another body. But... but... the leap...more
Picklevictory
Jul 09, 2008 Picklevictory rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Picklevictory by: Tortla
wow.
that was cool.
Ben Lawrence
This book is like Mozart played on a kazoo. Interesting ideas, awful writing. The author has a great sense for science fictioney-ideas, but his writing is a pile of cliches and plot turns you see coming 20 pages ahead. I tore through it in an afternoon because it's easy reading, but I can't recommend it.
Jimmy Recinos
-The author takes on a bold task in telling a story about a madman with two voices in his head, but he does the story more than justice in carefully laying out each and every detail to the reader without alienating them.

-I was also very impressed by his understanding and articulation of the many-worlds theory, having long fancied the theory myself, it was galvanizing to see an author contextualize it so vividly.

-All in all, this is the kind of book I would like to write. It carries the same inte...more
Gardy
Non è che sia scarso il libro o la sua idea di base, ovvero il saltellare qua e là tra fantascienza e psichiatria, giocando con l'ambigua sanità mentale di un uomo che condivide due personalità e due memorie in un solo corpo.

Il problema è la scrittura di David Ambrose (o forse un effetto collaterale della traduzione, chissà). L'ho trovata monocorde, prolissa e assolutamente incapace di tenere celati i colpi di scena del romanzo fino a quando vengono davvero rivelati, creando un effetto "auto-sp...more
Tori
I have learned something about my taste in books. I really enjoy books that have memorable quotes, that I need to write down and refer to again. And - I really enjoy books about the possibility of time travel/parallel universes. I happened upon David Ambrose by mistake, when last summer I had planned on reading books from the library by authors of each letter of the alphabet. Naturally I started with "A" (and actually, that's as far as I got....). but - I discovered David Ambrose, and loved his...more
Erik
I hate when I read a story or book and realize the plot is essentially something I've written myself. It's always nice thinking you've come up with something original, but let's face it: originality is practically an endangered species. Of course, a good story isn't just marked by what it is about, but how it's written.

The first few pages into this novel I realized it is very similar to the next novel I hope to write. Some key elements to the plot were the same. It was not a good feeling. Fortun...more
Lisa
I really enjoyed this book. I spent so many pages arguing with myself about believing this guy's story or just writing him off as insane, and that's really hard to pull off.

And that's about all the details I can give without ruining something for you.

I was just zipping along, enjoying the pacing and description, and then there suddenly came this point where I had to put down this book and say "Oh, that's good."

It's clever, inventive, well written, and keeps going until the very last page. This b...more
Jenny
This book could have been so much better...with hundreds more pages and more parallel universes and a more interesting writing style.

Unfortunately, the first half was boring and the second half was EXTREMELY rushed. The author had some good ideas but there was a major lack of suspense during what should have been exciting reveals. The characters were pretty flat and not established enough for the reader to care when something happens to them.

Wouldn't recommend it...but if you're into quantam the...more
Patrick Walker
DON"T READ THE SECOND AND THIRD PART OF THE BOOK. They end up being a medical and psychological explanation of what was happening to the main character throughout he first part. Ruined it. Some things are better left unexplained.

The first part however is ridiculously incredible. Please read that. It really is one of the better story concepts I have come across in years. The writing is beautiful, the feelings are tragic true. It was a wonderful mind bending experience. Then the explanations came....more
David
Dimensional traveler? Or just insane? I like how this book, for the most part, kept the protagonist's true condition ambiguous (or perhaps there *is* no difference!) That more than anything else blew my mind (I'm more than familiar with the many worlds/quantum mechanics theory, so that wasn't in itself so compelling). The protagonist's voice was at times a little too pompous for me, but the narrative was compelling, I finished it swiftly, and left satisfied. "Soft-scifi" for the literary set.
Jowayriah Bookish
From my very early years at school, I've never been a fan of physics. I knew that the first moment I set foot in my very first physics class back when I was in secondary school. Never had I expected a day when I'd be so astounded by a physics theory that I would actually look it up on the net and read what physicians have to say about it. Via 198 pages , David Ambrose entered my world for about three days, shook whatever doubt or hesitation I had towards the Many Worlds theory and left.

The Man...more
Lisa Rau
Jul 01, 2007 Lisa Rau added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
This is a must-read for anyone interested in a world where fiction, science, philosophy and even spirituality come together. Not only is the frame of a high-energy adventure thriller a great entertainment backdrop, but this is the layperson's guide to quantum physics, other dimensions and the endlessly fascinating "Many Worlds Theory" without the write-off "sci fi" label. Read this book! The ending(s) is (are) well worth your time.
Sarah
Do NOT read this book. It is terrible. Here is a short list of why this book blows goats: Dumb storyline, clumsy plot devices, ill-developed and unsympathetic characters, zero research of scientific premise of story, unpleasant/slovenly writing style, failure to create believable fictional world. I could go on, but if you're still reading this now, you've already spent too much time on this book.
Rachel
Jan 18, 2010 Rachel added it
Uuuuuuuuuuuuughh.

Prose this bad should be a punishable offense. Corporeally punishable. No stars.
Jennifer
Great little parallel universe book that I forgot about. I need to re-read.
Tortla
Jun 15, 2007 Tortla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of donnie darko
Faultless.
Kiri
This is a fictional exploration of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics in which the narrator discovers the ability to jump between different parallel (orthogonal?) worlds when under extreme duress. The book doesn't hit you over the head with this at the outset, but instead gradually works its way around to this explanation of some very strange events that happen -- and these keep you turning the pages. Interesting idea, but I couldn't bring myself to love the book because the wri...more
John
The cover quotes for my edition of this book are from mainstream reviewers amazed, as is the blurb writer, that any novelist could be so fiendishly ingenious as to co-opt the many-worlds aspect of quantum theory to his theme. Nuff said about the abysmal mental horizons of those reviewers. Ambrose himself must, I guess, have squirmed.

Rick Hamilton is in a business meeting when he suddenly realizes his wife Anne is about to die in a horrific car accident. Fleeing to the spot, he is just not quite...more
Fede
Visionario,onirico e toccante.
La stoira di Richard (Rick) il quale improvvisamente si ritrova a cavallo tra due mondi paralleli,convivendo con un altro sé stesso la cui presenza nella sua perfetta vita é quantomai ingombrante e porta alla luce verità scomodissime.
Commuovente il cammino che intraprende con l'analista attraverso l'ipnosi,nell'intenso tentativo di ricomporre i frammenti della sua doppia identità,della sua doppia vita e ,se possibile,dare una spiegazione ai due universi paralleli ne...more
Jason Pym
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Tim
It's surprising sometimes just what the popularization of certain scientific ideas can do. Certain concepts work their way into popular culture, despite the difficulty of math or science truly behind them. David Ambrose's The Man Who Turned Into Himself indicates that even theoretical physics can actually prolong the life of and perhaps even resurrect a book.[return][return]Originally published in London in 1993, The Man Who Turned Into Himself made its U.S. appearance in 1994. In fact, I still...more
Lee
One should never look a gift horse in the mouth, apparently. Of course, that didn't work out so well for the Trojans when the gift horse was, well, a horse. If they'd had a peek in its mouth before bedtime they might have noticed it was full of Greek soldiers and not, as they assumed, sweets.

In my case the gift horse was a free e-book from a popular chain of coffee shops. The consequences of me not investigating a little before reading it weren't quite as fatal as in the Trojan's case, but they...more
Sbulf
http://clarkevivo.blogspot.it/2012/09...

Se uno non rimane sconvolto dalla teoria dei quanti vuol dire che non l'ha capita. [Niels Bohr]

David Ambrose ci pone un quesito. Se tutte le formule matematiche con le quali ci ostiniamo a descrivere l'universo non fossero altro che il riflesso delle nostre inesplorate capacità psichiche? L'uomo che credeva di essere se stesso è basato sulle teorie della fisica quantistica e sui loro paradossi sperimentali. Ambrose ha sviluppato una storia ipotizzando l'ap...more
Michael
"Imagination is everything", David Ambrose writes in The Man Who Turned Into Himself, and it requires some imagination to tell a story about a man traveling between two realities: one where he is happily married with a son, and one where the same man is in an unfaithful marriage with no children. And in one horrifying moment, the wall between those two worlds cracks.

Such is the posit of the Many World theory, that pivotal events in one world create a new universe, identical to the original world...more
Simon Cleveland
Ever since 'Superstition' I've been hooked on David, so to speak. Reason? Because "Superstition" defied even the conventional expectations for what some may call a `mind-boggling' novel. But this review is not about "Superstition". It's about David Ambrose's first novel 'The Man Who Turned Into Himself'. What can I say? For a first novel, the book is good (not exceptional). Having read some of his other works, I can almost see the progression of his writing and creative skills from good, to bett...more
Claudiu
I'll start by saying that I liked this book a lot. It is my first encounter with David Ambrose but I am sure I'll pick up more books of his.[return][return]I love books that have a Science Fiction background to them but this is not all they are: Science Fiction. The Many Worlds theory and the bit of time travel ideas in this book are only a backdrop to explore ideas about mind, about unconscious versus conscious which can become (and behave) like independent entities. For me, this book is a disc...more
Jason Wardell
Dec 12, 2008 Jason Wardell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science? In my fiction? It's more likely than you think.
After about fifty pages, I completely forgot that I'd been reading this book. Dude has a unique dilemma, he may or may not be insane, blah blah blah blah blah. After a few weeks, I picked it back up; I figured it's pretty short and unemployment lends itself quite well to reading books. Let me say, I'm very glad I saw it through. What worried me on the outset was that the entirety of the book would be attempting to get the character to realize his dilemma (the specifics of which I will not reveal...more
lucas711
The Man Who Turned Into Himself: A Novel By David Ambrose was very thrilling, so I suppose it accomplished everything a suspense psychodrama is meant to, but in the beginning it was too confusing, it was even bewildering at some points. Then, at the end, it became very explain-y-ish. What I mean by explain-y-ish, is that most of the end felt like it was just explaining how all the time travel and parallel universe stuff. So the beginning was too confusing and the end was written badly because i...more
Jackie
This is a fascinating tale based on the quantum physics idea of multiple universes. Strange things are happening to Rick Hamilton, the strangest of which was his sudden premonition, in the middle of a very important business meeting, that his wife was in danger and needed him. He rushes out, climbs into his car and drives to the scene of an accident he could not have known about just in time to hold his dying wife's hand.....and then, a split second later, he's Richard
Hamilton who is himself in...more
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