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Geek Love

Dunn, Katherine (Paperback - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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 Elly, 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.
Authors: Dunn, Katherine, 1945-
Title: Geek love
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2002.
Edition: 1st Vintage contemporaries ed.
Characteristics: 347 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 0375713344
9780375713347
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Al and “Crystal Lil” Binewski are not very profitable at running their traveling carnival, but they have a plan. The Binewskis will start their own freak show, not by finding performers but by creating their own. Through the use of drugs and radiation, Al and Crystal Lil produce their own family ... Read More »


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Sep 18, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book just creeped me out and I didn't enjoy reading it at all. Many people do like it though. Just not for me.

It's not what you're born with. It's how you use it...

Apr 27, 2014
  • pigweed rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found this story to be contrived, but a lot of people seem to love it. So, what the heck? Why not read it? You might really like it.

Apr 25, 2014
  • multcolib_matt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite book! It started me down the road of circus fiction. https://multcolib.org/blog/20140419/when-circus-comes-town

Sep 18, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A Counterculture Classic

Feb 03, 2013
  • thebeatlesduck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm in the middle of this book and wow... I just love it, i think by the time i finish it'll be another one of my favorites along with The Exorcist and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It has a disturbing yet whimsical feel that keeps you reading

Jan 12, 2013
  • loudem rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

What a weird book. Is it for real, is it fiction, is it science-fiction? Who knows. One thing's for sure, it's an odd book. All those weirdos. After a while you think they're the "norms", not the norms. Hard to get a grasp on why to write such a book. It baffles me. I was aching to finish it , but it was like moving in quicksand, interminable.

May 09, 2012
  • JenniCherry rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

one of my all-time favorites

May 03, 2012
  • RitaLottaBooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Just your typical creepy, unsettling, and wonderfully written dysfunctional carnie family saga.

Apr 30, 2011
  • sgeluardi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ya got to be a little twisted to enjoy this one.

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The novel is the story of a traveling carnival run by Aloysius "Al" Binewski and his wife "Crystal" Lil. When the business begins to fail, the couple devise an idea to breed their own freak show, using various drugs and radioactive material to alter the genes of their children. The results are Arturo ("Arty"), a boy with flippers for hands and feet; Electra ("Elly") and Iphigenia ("Iphy"), Siamese Twins; Olympia ("Oly"), a hunchbacked albino dwarf; and Fortunato ("Chick"), the normal-looking baby of the family who has telekinetic powers.

Jun 26, 2008
  • jss rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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 Elly, 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.

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