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
I’ve read this book numerous times. It’s one of the few books I’ve ever reread, never mind more than once! This time around I read it on unabridged audio which made the story all the more intimate for me. I also buddy read it with a great group of reading friends. We don’t always agree on books (see...
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.
So I've basically had this book out of the library for about a year now and I've tried and tried. I've read 100 pages but I just can't push myself any further. I don't know if it's the writing or the subject but it just doesn't keep my interest.Maybe I'll try again in the future but other books are ...
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...