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Lora Hates Spam
Lora Hates Spam rated it 2 years ago
by Carol Birch This turned out to be a fascinating story, though it started out a little poetic and vague. It took a chapter or two to really get into what was going on, but once the background of the main character, Julia, started coming out, I definitely wanted to keep reading. Julia was born ...
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it 6 years ago
[I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley.]This novel is based on the story of Julia Pastrana, a perforrmer and "freak" who lived in the 19th century; more than the typical "woman with a beard", Julia was covered in hair, and had a facial condition that made her look like an ape. Throughout...
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Carol Birch’s novel, Orphans of the Carnival, follows the short, strange life of nineteenth century performer, Julia Pastrana. Pastrana sang and danced on stages from New Orleans to St. Petersburg, Russia, but she was most known for her appearance: Pastrana had hypertrichosis and gingival hyperplasi...
Just Olga and her books
Just Olga and her books rated it 6 years ago
Thanks to NetGalley and to Canongate book for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Although I’ve never been to a circus I’ve always been interested in stories, books, films and artworks about the circus. And I’ve never forgotten the movie Freaks (1932) directed by...
candyy
candyy rated it 10 years ago
2.5 starsWell, I certainly didn't expect that! When I started reading it, I was bored. I thought it will continue to drag on and on. I skipped parts here and there. But then something happened. Something that I wasn't expecting. Something that wasn't boring. Oh, no! That kept my attention for a whil...
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