Geek Love Author:Katherine Dunn Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and El... more »ly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.
As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry,Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.« less
This is one of the most engrossing pieces of fiction I've read in years. Bought it for my girlfriend for Xmas a couple years ago on a whim, and by now it's been passed to everyone we can get to take it, we both have our own copies, and we highly recommend it to fans of bizarre modern fiction. I'd venture to say that fans of Chuck Palahniuk and his ouvre would definitely enjoy Geek Love.
I had no expectations of this book, and found it quite surprising. I enjoyed the overall concept and story, although parts of it were a bit more disturbing and bizarre than I would generally desire in a read. An intriguing look into an - albeit exaggerated - sub-culture.
This was a National Book Award Finalist. It is the story of the Binewskis, a carnival family whose mother and father set out to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. The book throws light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values in a different world.
I /really/ enjoyed this book. The only thing I didn't like about it was how there didn't seem like there was enough being told. Like there were only the main bits and pieces being told of both the present /and/ the past in order to come to a (somewhat disappointing) conclusion.
Aside from that, this was a /fun/ book, the perfect light read (to me). I didn't feel sorry for them, I didn't feel invested in them, it was truly a freak show for me to watch play out. The only people I did feel any emotion for were the parents, who I hated... with a passion.
I was first lured to this book by an author's recommendation, but it took me years after having the book to read it. Upon doing so I found it to be a very odd book with some good parts in it. I found the ending too short and the beginning too long. The story seemed less polished than the characters own intents would have presented. Aside from that, the book grabbed my fascination in a way many stories of alternative type groups do. I think any who like books which differ a little from standard subject matter would enjoy this book.
This book is super compelling and complex. It takes you to another world that is both eerie and captivating. I highly recommend it if you enjoy exploring people's motivates to do bad things and if you don't mind escaping to a dark place.