Lil Binewski, born a Boston aristocrat, was in her time the most stylish of geeks. That is to say she made her living by biting the heads off live chickens in front of a Carnival audience. This she gave up for doting motherhood, because she had her fairground- owning husband had a money spinning... show more
Lil Binewski, born a Boston aristocrat, was in her time the most stylish of geeks. That is to say she made her living by biting the heads off live chickens in front of a Carnival audience. This she gave up for doting motherhood, because she had her fairground- owning husband had a money spinning idea. Throughout each pregnancy Lil gobbles pesticides, experiments with drugs and douses herself with radiation to ensure that she prodcues infants grotesque enough to keep the turnstiles clicking. She does. Arturo the Aqua Boy is a limbless megalomaniac, Electra and Iphigenia are musically gifted Siamese twins with a penchant for prostitution and Fortunato is possessed of stange telekinetic powers. Their story- by turns shocking, tender, touching and cruel- is narrated by their sister Olympia. She is a bald, hunchbacked, albino dwarf.
Publish date: 1992
Publisher: Abacus (UK)
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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...
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 K...
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