The Silent Twins Author:Marjorie Wallace This is an extraordinary story of identical twin girls,June and Jennifer Gibbons, in a state of irreconcilable battle with themselves and the world. Now in their twenties,from early childhood they refused to speak to any adult. Instead, they developed an elaborate fantasy life that was based on dolls (representations of themselves that they ritu... more »ally loved and killed),diaries,poems,stories,novels,and Bronte-like miniature books. They have written almost a million words recording every detail of their struggle for identity and their conflicting desires for escape from and union with each other. From their self imposed isolation they ventured into sprees of drug taking,sex,and arson, for which they were ultimately sent to Broadmoor-Britain's notorious hospital for the criminally insane. There, they are still baffling psychiatrists.
In her powerful and moving book, which reads more like a novel than the true story it is,Marjorie Wallace penetrates the twins' secret world. She reveals their rich inner life,their sharp perceptions,humor and sensitivity,and their supreme and finally tragic effort to escape from each other and the mediocrity of their surroundings. Her haunting analysis of June and Jennifer's love, hatred, and need for each other shows the way in which the lines of love and hate, creativity and madness blur.« less
I couldn't put this one down once I started reading the tragic story of these twin sisters. It's jaw dropping, shocking, head shaking and just down right weird! It's been weeks since I read this & yet I still find myself pausing to think about one or another "incidents" that the twins created during their bizarre lives. At times it's even amusing without meaning to be. The girls family just seem to go along with whatever happens & don't seem worried at all. Anyone in their right mind can see these two need a serious reality check and it should have been long before things got out of hand!
Lots of photos included!