THE ELEPHANT MAN Author:Christine Sparks John Merrick had lived for more than twenty years imprisoned in a body that condemned him to a miserable life in the workhouse and to humiliation as a circus sideshow freak. But beneath that tragic exterior, within that enormous and deformed head, thrived the soul of a poet, the heart of a dreamer, the longings of a man. Based on the extraordina... more »ry motion picture that captured the heart of America.« less
The sad true story of John Merrick, the movie was really good, but the book gives you a little more in depth into his sad life. Makes you appreciate life and what GOD has given you.
Wonderful story, Great read
Written and published in 1980, based on the well-received movie of the same name and year. Both the book and the movie were very effective, at least for me: I saw the movie in one sitting (of course!), and just today read the book in one sitting.
Historically accurate? Close but not quite; but that did not diminish my enjoyment.