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Ich und die anderen

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  2,833 ratings  ·  337 reviews
"Ich und die anderen ist herkömmliche Romanliteratur vom Feinsten und doch genauso phantastisch wie die vorangegangenen Bücher, nur dass der Autor uns diesmal in die reiche, fremde und manchmal Furcht erregende Landschaft der Seele entführt", schreibt Barbara Quick im San Francisco Chronicle. Die "vorangegangenen Bücher" -- das sind Matt Ruffs wundervolle Erfolgsromane Foo...more
Gebundene Ausgabe, 624 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Hanser (first published 2003)
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when i read the first three pages of this book i thought i was going to be in trouble because i was so confused. and it is a complicated story, but he manages to make it very readable. any time you have two characters with mpd interacting and "switching: all the time, things are bound to get tricky, but he manages to make it clear despite the challenges. i had written a longer and better review for this that somehow got deleted, so i am going to weep now and shower and let the weeping mingle wit...more
Oct 20, 2013 oriana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to oriana by: karen & jasmine
For some reason always confused Matt Ruff's Sewer Gas and Electric , with Jim Dodge's Stone Junction , I guess I thought this one would also be some kind of hippie vision-quest parable thingy. Which: OMG no.

I don't want to talk much about the plot, because, especially for those of us with an unhealthy obsession with books, it's pretty rare to be able to go into something totally fresh and clean, without an idea of what kinds of people like it, what the hype has been, how well it's selling, what...more
Jon Edward
I'm so angry with Matt Ruff and/or his editors. This novel could have been genius if someone, anyone, would have identified the disaster that Part Ten brings to the entire structure of the work.

Up until Part Ten, about page 400, I thought this was a compelling, cleverly crafted novel about someone with Multiple Personality Disorder. I could hardly put it down. Essentially, up to that point, it's about an internal (psychological) struggle manifest in the world. Then, at the very end, a wholly di...more
May 04, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who can handle six or seven ideas at once
Wow. This book just knocked my damn socks off. Given that I don't work with adults, and the rarity of this diagnosis, and the controversy over it, I've never met anyone with Multiple Personality Disorder (Dissociative Identity Disorder in the current DSM). I have no idea if this is anything like how it works. But Matt Ruff's created such an amazingly internally consistent portrayal that it's entirely believable that it could work just like this. And the story completely sucked me in so I didn't...more
David Rim
Aug 12, 2007 David Rim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who liked "I Know This Much Is True"
You'd think that a novel about multiple personality disorder would result in pretty experimental writing, but instead, this is a pretty straight-forward read which reminded me of Richard Russo or Wally Lamb. In other words, I can't believe this isn't a movie yet or an Oprah selection.

I'm getting lost in a tangent, but despite my various pretensions and this book's pop sensibilities, I loved reading this book. There's something infinitely fascinating about multiple personalities for me, and this...more
Sep 03, 2011 K rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: M
Shelves: highlyoriginal
Because I tend to be a bit stingy with my stars, I'm a little afraid I'm overselling a book when I give it a perfect rating. But I have to say, this was a really great book. Plot, characters, writing -- it all just worked.

A relationship between two individuals with multiple personality disorder -- can you envision the possibilities? Each of the book's two main characters was comprised of several distinct personalities, all of whom managed to be interesting. It's an extremely ambitious premise, a...more
This is a little story i wrote:
I watched as the event below unfolded before my eyes. You see it's easy for me to see everything from my balcony. What I saw that day made my blood curdle for I did not realize I could ever impact an event as on that day. The one thing I never thought I would see or hear occurred that day. She was walking down the road with her blue jean skirt and yellow shirt - so full of life. Her smile, activated by a bright sunflower. Who knew one glance could cause an end to h...more
Set This House in Order is a book with a very unusual protagonist: Andrew Gage, who is the "soul" in charge of Andy Gage's body after torture and abuse from his stepfather fractured his identity. He and the other souls live inside a house built by his father—Andrew's, not Andy's. There's Adam, the raunchy teenager; Jake, the little kid; Aunt Sam, the artist; and Seferis, the protector, among others. Inspired by a real-life case, Matt Ruff has written a character who manages his multiple personal...more
Within a week of finishing this book, I had loaned my copy to a friend and bought a copy for my brother. This is exactly the kind of inspired, ambitious fiction that I want to read, and I would occasionally start to mourn or panic when I would be hit by some reminder that, at some point, I was going to have to finish the novel and move on to another. Yes, for me, it is that good.

The story centers on one complicated person and his internal and external relationships. Andy Gage is a person with mu...more
I read the last page of this book tonight and closed the cover with a big sigh. I felt a bit saddened by finishing it. Saddened because I had reached the end of a great story. Sure the whole basis for this story is frightfully horrifying and , if real would have been a "chilling childhood" as O magazine states. What I loved about this book was ....pretty much everything. I loved it's creativeness, I loved how it did not make light of a scary and vulnerable position, and yet had some great funny...more
I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked that it didn't melt into a happily ever after ending. It maintained, through to the very last sentence, its dark humor and complexity. I read this book slowly - not because I was fighting to maintain interest, but because the author compelled me to want to spend time with the characters. Tough subject (mental illness), romance(sort of), black humor(plenty), twists(a couple of whoppers) and a slap of reality ending all made for an engaging, witty, gr...more
Aug 22, 2007 Merrin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: duds
This book read like an interesting book for the first... say... 100 pages. After that it turned into a big jumbled mess that I'm not sure the author knew what to do with. It's an interesting premise, about a guy with multiple personality disorder who tries to unlock secrets about his past and runs into personalities unwilling to let him do so, but it's a really, really poor execution.
I have to be honoest and say that this book deals with multiple personality disorders and it is beautifully written. It is realistically written and the pain that the two main characters have to go through, the traumatic events that lead to the splitting of their souls is so wrenching and affecting that I couldn't finish the book. I just couldn't take it. But I will remember this book for a long time. It was recommended by a very good friend (an AP English teacher) who usually reads chick lit an...more
This is another book club book, and Tiptree award winner.

I really enjoyed this book - the narrative voice especially drove it for me. Within the first three pages, I pinged something about the main character that turned out to be a big reveal later in the book, but I didn't feel ripped off - there was just something about the protagonist that made it completely unsurprising.

The story is basically about a person with multiple personalities, who manages them by having an internal "house" where the...more
Georgia Smith
So - like heaps of other people on here, I thought this was really really good. It's so unique, and has such an interesting concept. It is truly beautiful at times.

The story focuses on two people with multiple personality disorder as they grow, struggle, and deal with the different characters inside their heads. It's plain, interesting, and clever. The characters all ring true, even when they're close to caricatures - there's a deep sense of honesty to the entire story. I think it's that that in...more
"Set This House In Order" is Matt Ruff's finest work of fiction to date, brilliantly adding to a splendid body of work that includes such classics as his literary debut "Fool On The Hill" and the Ayn Rand-influenced cyberpunk novel "Sewer, Gas, Electric: The Public Works Trilogy". He offers a fascinating twist on the coming-of-age tale, exploring the lives of the multiple personalities inhabiting the bodies of Andrew Gage and Penny Driver. Like Jonathan Lethem in "Motherless Brooklyn", Ruff writ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mahtab's father
Recommended to Mariel by: back to the old house
I remember the first time that I learned of multiple personality disorders. My mom made us watch the made for tv movie Sybil starring Sally Field. Me being me, I've appropriated multiple personality disorder to refer to all kinds of other mental shit, like the two devils on my shoulder who egg me on to do stupid shit. When you don't feel alone with yourself. Mostly just my mood swings (depressed to really depressed). I have a lot of those. The Charlie Brown feeling a ton of conflicting emotions...more
Matt De
I liked this book a lot. If you read it in close proximity to some of his other works it will be obvious that either the author did too, and took extra special care in crafting it, or his editor did and kept on sending it back until it they thought it really was the best the author could do. The quality of the prose is significantly smoother and more refined than his other works, in my opinion.

His previous two books suffer from a "cast of thousands" problem. Lots of characters that are hard to...more
Five stars?? When's the last time THAT happened??
Set This House in Order, a bizarre tale of not one but two people suffering from multiple personality disorder, takes you deep into the more frightening corners of the psyche, revealing an unlikely story of hope and renewal.
An often misunderstood and Hollywood dramatized disorder, MPD is one of the more intricate and sophisticated coping mechanisms that a person can develop. What is most amazing about this tale in particular is how touching it is...more
As many of my reviews say, I'm quite interested in brain (dis)orders. This is a novel about multiple personality disorder (MPD). I was attracted to it, and yet overwhelmed at the same time -- thinking it might be a tad complicated (not sure why exactly) but while it certainly is potentially complicated to keep track of one body with many souls and personalities the author does a great job of keeping the story straight for the reader. In this case the main character is a MPD that has "set it's ho...more
Sempre tive muita curiosidade em relação a este livro. Uma história sobre uma personagem com múltipla personalidade tinha o potencial para ser brilhante ou um desastre. Curiosamente o autor consegue articular bem esta multiplicidade de personagens e dar-lhes o espaço necessário. Se de início se estranha, ao fim de alguns capítulos torna-se habitual a presença de tantos "eus" pela história, e apesar do corpo ser sempre o mesmo, cada personagem consegue apresentar-se ao leitor de forma independent...more
I am currently in the middle of playing rockband so I will keep this short. This book very much reminds me of the gone away world, although i have no idea how much I gave away in that review so I will not be telling you why because I don't want to spoil either book. They both are interested in figments.

This book does some very interesting stuff with MPD which if I had read before my colloquium potentially would have kick borderline out and been the focus instead.

Otherwise, I would appreciate i...more
Started very strong though lost steam toward the end. Had hoped for a better second half and ending but overall a very interesting read.
Karen Klasi Wentlandt
Crazy, great book. I've been told by a psychologist that this is a true rendition of what life might be like for someone with multiple personality disorder. There are times when the book takes a turn for the foul-mouthed, perverse worse, but necessarily so (in my humble opinion) for the telling of the story.
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I haven't cried during a book in a while. This did that for me. What a fantastic, creative book. If i had the skill/talent to make movies, I would make this into a movie.
Amanda Garner
I read this book a while ago now, but it sticks out in my memory. It is really unusual, I definitely want to get my hands on this book again and reread it.
This is such a fun read. It's got one of the most unique premises for a book that I've read in a long time. You'd think it would get tiresome going back and forth between the different points of view, but it doesn't - it is very easy to follow. My only gripe is that some elements of the book - the sheriff, for instance - feel like they're just dropped in, towards the end. One could argue that's the nature of multiple personality disorder, things occur that one narrator wasn't completely sure of....more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I really enjoyed this book... I have to admit I don't know how to describe it though
The main character(s) has Multiple personality disorder. All of his personalities live in a house inside his mind - and they seem so "real" (which of course they are). The main character in this book is Andrew - who has only been created in the past few years. His other personalities have been around longer and know more of the whole story of his life than he does. He gives the main characters in his mind time to...more
I really wanted to read this book and I wasn't disappointed. There were definitely twist and turns that left me going "Whoa, didn't see that coming". But those same things made me ask questions like how did we go 380 pages without anyone realizing it (obviously the characters). This is probably my third book (first fiction book) dealing with the topic of MPD. I'm fascinated by the way the mind protects itself and in doing so creates different personalities.

I really can't get into this book and...more
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I was born in New York City in 1965. I decided I wanted to be a fiction writer when I was five years old and spent my childhood and adolescence learning how to tell stories. At Cornell University I wrote what would become my first published novel, Fool on the Hill, as my senior thesis in Honors English. My professor Alison Lurie helped me find an agent, and within six months of my college graduati...more
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