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... show more
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.
Publish date: June 11th 2002
Publisher: Random House Vintage
Pages no: 348
Edition language: English
DNF @ 60 pages. Some books just aren't for me. This is one of them. No rating, no regrets, but no more time spent on this one either.
I’ve written and deleted this review so many times because this book has stumped me. I liked it, but I can’t say I enjoyed reading it, and that’s a very hard thing to explain. Geek Love is about sibling rivalry. The Binewski family uses drugs to give birth to deformed children for their freak show...
One of the best books I've ever read. Dunn's playful use of language in itself is endlessly entertaining. Everything about this book is engaging, the structure, the characters and not least, the story itself - deeply twisted and disturbing, and yet so fresh and full of life. One of those books yo...
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I absolutely loved this book. I wish all the novels I read were this complex, interesting, and intense. Why aren't there more amazing books out there by Katherine Dunn? It's frustrating to read such a great book and then find that the author hasn't published anything comparable since. I'm going to t...