August 20th, 2004

Books

#81 - Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

#81 - Geek Love - by Katherine Dunn

Wow. Really. Wow. This was a bizarre book, almost squicky, and yet I really loved reading it (although there was a time in my life when I wouldn't have been able to make it through). This was one of the books selected this month by rapidreaders, so I decided to give it a try. In a nutshell (and this should probably be noted as a MINOR SPOILER), there is a married couple who operate a traveling "carnival," which goes into decline, so they decide to re-invigorate it by breeding a family of freaks, to perform in shows. This is done by carefully thought-through applications of hazardous substances - drugs, radioactive material, arsenic and other poisons . . . and their resulting creations include a set of Siamese twins, "Aqua Boy" who has only flipper for arms and legs, a hunch-backed albino dwarf (whose disfigurements are so "slight" as to make her less valuable than the others), and boy who looks normal, but turns out to have startling powers of his own.

In other words, this is a really freaky premise (no pun intended). And it gets stranger and stranger . . . Collapse )

I have also given my answers to some discussion questions Collapse )

X-posted here to rapidreaders.
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