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 »
ISBN-13: 9780345291363
ISBN-10: 0345291360
Publication Date: 8/12/1980
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Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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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
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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.
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This is a very heartwarming story of a man trapped in the ugliest body imaginable yet overcame this obstacle and found love.